AJC chosen as Report for America newsroom host


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has been chosen to serve as a “Report for America” host for two journalists starting in June 2021.

Report for America is a growing national service program that arranges for emerging journalists to work in local newsrooms to report on under-covered topics and communities.

Launched in 2017 and donor-financed, Report for America has placed more than 200 journalists in 2020 and plans to place 1,000 journalists in host newsrooms by 2024.

Report for America on Tuesday announced 64 new organizations that will act as newsroom hosts.

The journalists who will work in Atlanta haven’t been chosen yet. They will be part of a new initiative, Global Atlanta, to increase news coverage of the area’s immigrant communities.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Report for America to bring our readers and online users coverage of these communities at a time when in-depth journalism is more crucial than ever,” said Kevin G. Riley, editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

More than 1,800 applicants applied last year to take part in the Report for America program. The salaries of the local journalists will be funded by Report for America, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and local donors.