Seeking to deepen relationships with native newsrooms, ProPublica has opened up purposes for 5 new two-year partnerships that may deal with abuses of energy of their communities.
Since 2018, ProPublica’s Native Reporting Community has supported particular person initiatives over the course of a yr. We’ve labored on 90 initiatives with greater than 70 newsrooms.
This new group of partnerships might be completely different. We’re looking for to construct sustained relationships with reporters and newsrooms which have a confirmed observe document of investigative reporting and impression.
Profitable purposes will exhibit previous means to execute investigative tales, sturdy reporting ties to the neighborhood and a spread of story concepts that the reporter may tackle over the two-year partnership. The brand new partnerships are supported by a grant from the Abrams Basis and can start on Jan. 2, 2024.
The Native Reporting Community is a part of ProPublica’s native initiative, which incorporates places of work within the Midwest, South, Southwest and Northwest, plus an investigative unit in partnership with The Texas Tribune.
As a part of this system, ProPublica pays every full-time reporter’s wage (as much as $80,000), plus an allowance for advantages. We may also present intensive help and editorial steerage, together with collaboration with a senior editor and entry to ProPublica’s experience with information, analysis, engagement, video and design. Native reporters will work from and report back to their house newsrooms; their work might be printed or broadcast by your newsroom and concurrently by ProPublica.
Purposes are due Oct. 17, 2023, at 9 a.m. Jap time.
Since its founding, a number of reporters have partnered with the Native Reporting Community for a number of years. These sustained relationships have allowed us to ship high-impact reporting to communities that urgently wanted journalistic consideration.
Since 2019, Kyle Hopkins on the Anchorage Day by day Information has delivered a surprising vary of tales: His tales on the lack of legislation enforcement in rural elements of Alaska prompted a nationwide emergency declaration from the U.S. lawyer common; his reporting on the actions of two state attorneys common prompted their resignations; and his protection of the work atmosphere on the Anchorage library system was adopted by the resignation of the library’s deputy director. Hopkins’ legislation enforcement protection was acknowledged with the Pulitzer Prize for public service and different main journalism awards.
Molly Parker, reporting in southern Illinois, joined this system in 2018; her most up-to-date challenge checked out deplorable situations at a distant state facility for individuals with developmental issues and psychological diseases. Documenting abuse and neglect of residents, the reporting additionally confirmed how employees had coated up their actions and continued to work with relative impunity. Because the reporting started, the state introduced its intention to take away half of the residents from the ability, handed a brand new legislation growing penalties for workers who cowl up abuse and changed the ability’s director. The challenge, finished in collaboration with Lee Enterprises Midwest and Capitol Information Illinois, obtained a Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in 2023.
Purposes ought to be submitted by newsroom leaders and can ask for the next info:
- The reporter whom you envision spearheading the work and the annual wage you would want to pay them. (Please present a precise determine, not together with advantages.) This might be somebody on employees or a freelancer with whom you hope to work. (Freelancers should submit a joint utility with an eligible information group keen to publish their work.) The individual should have an investigative observe document to be thought of for this place.
- A private assertion by the reporter explaining their curiosity in and historical past with investigative reporting.
- Three clips and an accompanying clarification of the backstory: specific challenges or successes; the function the reporter performed; any impression; and journalistic classes discovered.
- A resume.
- A memo of tales you’d prefer to pursue throughout two years of intensive partnership with ProPublica. These ought to be tales that may profit from a collaboration, probably together with information, analysis and engagement reporting assets we are able to present. These could embody large tales, an ongoing sequence of shorter tales, textual content, audio, video or one thing else. All of them ought to have the potential to resonate with each native and nationwide audiences. We acknowledge these could shift over the two-year program: The purpose is to get to know your reporter, their pursuits and the way they method their work. However we want to know at the very least one story that looks as if a stable start line for the partnership.
ProPublica editors can be found to reply questions or to present you suggestions in your utility earlier than you submit it. Please attain us at Native.Reporting@propublica.org.
Please submit your proposal by Oct. 17, 2023, at 9 a.m. Jap time. Entries might be judged principally by ProPublica editors. Chosen proposals might be introduced by early December.