Scripps is partnering with Report for America as part of the company’s focus on its enterprise journalism content strategy.
Report for America is an initiative of the nonprofit media organization The GroundTruth Project. The organization recruits and trains journalists and then places them into local newsrooms to cover under-reported topics in markets across the country.
WCPO in Cinnicinati, WEWS in Cleveland, KIVI in Boise, WTMJ in Milwaukee and Scripps Montana News Network stations—which include the NBC affiliate in Helena and CBS affiliates in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena and Missoula—will utilize the service.
“A central tenet of our content strategy at Scripps is our effort to focus more reporting on the beats and topics that impact the audiences we serve, including more coverage of underserved communities,” said Sean McLaughlin, vice president of news for Local Media at Scripps. “The journalists we hire into our newsrooms through the Report for America program will help us expand our commitment to enterprise reporting on critical issues and to be more inclusive about how we represent what is news in our markets.”
Report for America selected participating newsrooms through a rigorous national competition. Journalists will be selected Jan. 31.