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There are tons of of untold tales about rural health care and valuable few assets to inform these tales. Report For America, The Spokesman-Review and the Innovia Foundation have all dedicated to do one thing about that.
On June four, The Spokesman-Review will welcome Arielle Dreher as our rural health care reporter.
Report for America is a nationwide service program that locations gifted rising journalists into native information organizations to report for one to 2 years on beneath-coated points and communities. An initiative of The GroundTruth Project, Report for America addresses an pressing want in American journalism at a time when native information deserts threaten our democracy like by no means earlier than.
“I’m really excited to return to my home state and report about the needs, challenges and solutions possible to meet rural health care needs in Eastern Washington,” stated Dreher, from Pasco.
Dreher is amongst 61 reporters in 50 information organizations throughout 28 states and Puerto Rico. The reporters, known as “corps members,” have been chosen after a extremely selective nationwide competitors that drew almost 1,000 purposes.
Spokesman-Review editor Rob Curley stated the newspaper was honored to be chosen as one of many program’s recipients.
“One of the most underreported topics is the state of this country’s rural health care,” Curley stated. “With Spokane’s outstanding position in this area’s health care, it’s a subject that may be a pure match inside our newsroom.
“We want to help cover stories that not only matter here in the Pacific Northwest, but possibly even resonate throughout the rest of the nation. This is such an important subject that unfortunately doesn’t get much attention. We want to help fix that.”
The co-founder and president of Report for America Steven Waldman stated: “The quality of the applicant pool was mind-boggling, and their spirit – the commitment to local journalism as public service – was genuinely inspiring.”
Dreher is at present working as a contract journalist and educating assistant based mostly in Andalusia, Spain. She is an honors graduate from Azusa Pacific and earned a grasp’s diploma from Columbia University School of Journalism in New York. She labored at the Jackson (Mississippi) Free Press for 3 years, masking state authorities and politics in addition to schooling, legal justice, and ladies’s and LGBT rights.
“I believe local journalism is vital to democracy not only at a local level but also at a national one, and I learned this deeply during my time reporting in Jackson, Mississippi,” Dreher stated. “Local governments make decisions that impact people immediately, and without a local watchdog, those decisions are sometimes made without any question or second thought.”
Report for America leverages a singular funding match mannequin, paying half of a corps member’s wage whereas encouraging and supporting its native information companions to contribute one-quarter and native and regional funders to contribute the ultimate quarter.
The Innovia Foundation labored with The Spokesman-Review and Report for America to assist discover and help the native funding necessities.
“Innovia Foundation recognizes the importance of having a new public health reporter to address important issues and compelling human stories, especially in our underserved rural communities,” stated Innovia CEO Shelly O’Quinn. “Supporting this position aligns with our vision to create a vibrant and sustainable region, where every person has the opportunity to thrive.”
Corps members will attend Report for America’s intensive training in Houston in June, adopted by the Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference earlier than becoming a member of their newsrooms to launch their first yr of service.
Curley stated the newspaper is actively working to safe comparable funding for different positions.