PBS NewsHour Launches Local Community Reporting Initiative

Arlington, VA (Thursday, March 18, 2021) — PBS NewsHour today announced the launch of The Communities Initiative, a project to expand the scope and reach of its journalism and news team. The new reporting project will hire journalists with deep knowledge of their communities and a keen interest in bringing often under-told stories to NewsHour’s digital, social and broadcast platforms. This effort will bring six new journalists into NewsHour’s editorial fold and is funded by PBS, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, and 26North Foundation.

Through this initiative, the NewsHour will hire journalists in cities often given little attention in national news coverage, which are often Black, Indigenous and communities of color, to better capture the human experiences of a broad range of the communities that make up the country. From climate change to institutional racism, from economic inequality to political polarization, PBS NewsHour’s Communities Initiative aims to establish ground-level reporting on local issues and bring vital local perspectives to our national coverage.

This expansion will extend NewsHour staffing outside its Arlington, Virginia headquarters and PBS NewsHour West bureau in Phoenix, which opened in 2019. The cities and regions currently under consideration:

  • Birmingham, AL
  • Yuma, AZ
  • Fresno, California
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Dearborn, MI
  • Jackson, MS
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • San Antonio, TX

And more…

Communities Initiative reporters will take a multi-platform approach to their reporting, writing and producing content for the NewsHour website and social channels and contributing to breaking and feature stories across a wide range of topics for broadcast. These positions are currently being recruited for here.

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