ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network is seeking five local accountability projects to fund and partner on from November 2022 through October 2023.
ProPublica will pay the salary (up to $75,000), plus a benefits allowance, for reporters at partner news organizations. Each reporter will spend one year tackling an investigative project that is important to their communities.
The new group of reporters will begin work on Nov. 1.
Reporters will collaborate with a ProPublica senior editor, and can receive assistance with data analysis, research, design, video, audience development and engagement. All local news organizations are eligible to apply. Our aim is to enable your organization to do ambitious accountability projects that would not otherwise be done.
If your organization is selected, the reporter will continue to work in your newsroom but will receive extensive guidance and support from ProPublica. The work will be published or broadcast by your newsroom and simultaneously by ProPublica.
Applications using this form should be submitted by newsroom leaders for a particular project and a specific reporter. If you lead a newsroom and are interested in working with us, we’d like to hear from you about:
An investigative project. The proposed coverage can take any number of forms: a few long stories, an ongoing series of shorter stories, text, radio, video or something else. Please tell us why this coverage will be crucial to your community, lay out any similar coverage that has been done before it, explain why this project has particular urgency now and offer a plan for executing the work. Please also explain why your region and your newsroom are right to tell this particular story. (We tend to shy away from projects that could be told in multiple places.)
The reporter whom you envision spearheading the work, along with the market salary you would need to pay this person for a year starting in Nov. 2022. This could be someone already on staff or someone else — for example, a freelancer with whom you aspire to work. Please include a personal statement by the reporter explaining his or her interest, at least three clips and, of course, a resume. (Freelancers are welcome to apply, but they must submit a joint application with a news organization willing to participate in the partnership and to publish their work.)
ProPublica reporters and editors are available to give you feedback on your idea before you apply. You can send your proposals to Local.Reporting@propublica.org no later than Aug. 8, and someone will get back to you within a few days. Entries will be judged principally by ProPublica editors. Winning proposals will be announced in the fall to enable work to begin on Nov. 1.