Now he is suggesting a remedy — a non-profit Report for America organization, modeled on AmeriCorps and Teach for America. Waldman summarized the idea in an article yesterday for CJR and is presenting it at a conference on local journalism today sponsored by Montclair State University’s Center for Cooperative Media.
Waldman envisions reporters, many of them young but some experienced too, being placed at newspapers, public radio stations and other existing outlets. Part of their salary would come from the new non-profit, the rest from a match by the organization receiving the placement.
“I think this really has a chance of catching on,” Waldman told me in a phone interview. Read more