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Heads up: Reporter, grant, workshop

Heads up: Reporter, grant, workshop

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Here are three opportunities to enhance your staff’s skills and your newsroom’s reach.

1. Report for America seeks applications for news organizations to host a corps member. Any type of news organization can apply.

Report for America has eight reporters stationed in California this year.

Deadline to apply as a host newsroom is Sept. 20.

The application is simple, according to Report for America.

The key questions:

  • What are the coverage gaps in your community?
  • What specific beat(s) would you create for RFA corps members to fill that gap?
  • Can you deliver your (and your community’s) share of the reporter’s salary?

If your newsroom is selected, Report for America pays about half of an entry-level salary. The rest is split between the news organization and local donors. The reporter becomes an employee of your newsroom, serving for one to two years, starting in June 2020.

2. The Center for Health Journalism Impact Fund is offering reporting grants of $2,000 to $10,000, plus six months of mentoring, to up to eight individual journalists, newsrooms or cross-newsroom collaboratives.

The fund aims to support reporting projects on the health of underserved communities in California or on the performance of the state’s health and social safety nets.

“Funds are principally meant to augment news organizations’ resources – or to facilitate a collaborative project among outlets – to take journalism to a higher and more impactful level,” the fund explains.

Application deadline is Sept. 20. Details here.

3. APME’s NewsTrain is coming to California next March 27-28. The two-day, $75 workshop will be held at CSU Fresno.

NewsTrain is a national touring workshop sponsored by APME that has served more than 7,500 journalists in their own cities since 2003.

Organizers are working on the programming for next March. Get on the email list to learn about schedules and presenters.