Report for America has become a local enterprise, as the nonprofit organization announced that Mountain Times Publications had successfully applied for a RFA reporter to join the newsgroup in June 2021.
Since its inception in 2017, Report for America has placed hundreds of experienced and emerging journalists into local newsrooms across the United States for a one- to two-year-long tenure to report on under-covered issues and communities. Costs associated with the position are shared between RFA, the newsroom and community donors.
Requests for a RFA reporter are highly competitive, and newspapers typically submit an application several months in advance of being selected. This year, Mountain Times Publications’s five-newspaper group joins publications such as the Associated Press, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the Houston Chronicle and, in North Carolina, The Charlotte Observer, The News & Observer and Carolina Public Press, in addition to more than 150 other newsrooms across the nation in submitting a successful application and interview process.