ProPublica is looking to fund a yearlong investigative reporting project in Youngstown, Ohio.
Over the past several years, economic pressures have reduced the ability of local and regional news organizations to support accountability reporting. That’s a challenge not just for journalism, but also for our democracy. The Vindicator, Youngstown's only newspaper, recently announced that it would shut down next month.
We’re committed to helping address that problem.
We will pay the salary (up to $75,000) plus an allowance for benefits for one full-time reporter dedicated to investigative work in Youngstown and the surrounding region through the end of June 2020. The reporter will still work in and report to a home newsroom in Ohio, but will receive extensive guidance and support from ProPublica. Their work will be published or broadcast by their home newsroom and simultaneously by ProPublica as well.
National news organizations are not eligible to apply; all Ohio newsrooms are -- regardless of size or medium. It can be a small newspaper, website, radio or TV station, or anything else that reaches your community. We are not looking to fund day-to-day beat coverage, but instead to enable your organization to do ambitious accountability projects that would not otherwise be done.
If you are interested, send us a proposal laying out:
* 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 more. Please tell us why this coverage will be crucial to the Youngstown community, any similar coverage that has been done before it, why this project has particular urgency now, and a plan for executing the work.
* The reporter who you ideally envision spearheading the work, and the market salary you would need to pay them. 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 of their prior best work, and, of course, a resume.