“ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network pays the salary and a stipend for benefits for reporters at news organizations across the country so they can spend a year working on an accountability journalism project of importance to their communities.
We seek to help news organizations publish projects and stories that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to do — at least not with the same level of rigor. We also provide editing support, along with data, research, design and audience/engagement assistance.
When we evaluate proposals for the Local Reporting Network, we’re looking for accountability stories that need to be told in particular regions, that would benefit from our support and that have a clear plan to achieve success. Here are questions that we ask of each project:
Is this an accountability project?
We’re looking for projects that our own staffers would undertake, ones that dovetail with our mission: to expose abuses of power and betrayals of the public trust by government, business and other institutions, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing.
Is this project investigative enough?
You should be able to answer these three questions: What’s wrong? Who or what is responsible? What needs to be changed? On the last question, we’re not asking you to be an editorial writer. Rather, we want you to talk to experts and others to identify possible solutions or find regions/companies/agencies that have confronted similar problems and solved them. Spend some time on our website reading our recent work and try to assess what our staff can do specifically to help you advance the reporting.”
DEADLINE: October 30.