I lower my tooth in journalism as a neighborhood reporter for my hometown paper, the Northfield News, and noticed firsthand how native journalism impacts a group. Local reporters go to metropolis council conferences to carry metropolis governments accountable. They’re the primary to point out up when catastrophe strikes, getting essential data to their readers. And they supply the primary draft of historical past for cities and cities, offering reporting that retains their communities protected, knowledgeable and related.

But not all communities within the U.S. are lucky sufficient to have a robust native media presence—declining gross sales and revenues have led to native papers closing and native newsrooms shrinking. Despite this gloomy image, there are many concepts about methods to strengthen the native information ecosystem, and as we speak we’re saying our assist of 1 new method: Report for America.

An initiative of The GroundTruth Project, Report for America is taking its inspiration from Teach for America and making use of it to native journalism. Its objective is to draw service-minded candidates and place them in native newsrooms for a 12 months as reporters.

The first pilot, which can begin early subsequent 12 months, goals to fill 12 reporting positions in newsrooms throughout the nation, in areas underserved by native media. There may also be a group aspect to the work—a reporter may additionally assist a neighborhood highschool begin or enhance their student-run information web site or newspaper.

As a founding member of this thrilling initiative, the Google News Lab will present in-depth coaching to the Report for America Corps members specializing in digital and information journalism, and equip them with the correct know-how—Chromebooks, 360-degree cameras, and cellphones.

Joining us in supporting Report for America are the Knight Foundation, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, Galloway Family Foundation, Solutions Journalism Network and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Report for America is only one a part of our efforts to strengthen native information right here at Google. Here are a couple of others:

  • To present the correct publicity for native information shops masking nationwide tales, Google News labels these tales so readers can simply discover on-the-ground reporting. Additionally we’ve made it simpler for folks to observe native information sources with a devoted native tab on the Google News residence web page. And simply final week, within the U.S., Google News went hyperlocal by including clearly labeled Community Updates that present details about information and occasions occurring in your space so that you’ll at all times know what’s happening.
  • We wish to assist publishers succeed financially by monetizing their content material on-line. We have a key partnership with the Local Media Consortium—which represents greater than 1,600 native media shops—to faucet into the ability of our advert know-how to fund and assist native journalism. At their annual summit the LMC introduced mixed financial savings and income of greater than $110 million for companions, primarily based on that collaboration with Google.
  • At the Google News Lab, journalism coaching is a vital element of the work we do to assist journalists and newsrooms develop new abilities and entry the newest digital instruments. Through  a partnership with the Society for Professional Journalists we’ve educated greater than 9,500 native reporters throughout America within the final 12 months alone. And a collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Reveal Labs has helped construct the capability of investigative groups in Mississippi and New Jersey, a mannequin we’re trying to scale in 2018.

We hope Report for America will deliver recent considering and a brand new method to strengthening native information.

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