Professional Development is adding a Report for America journalist to our Baltimore team in 2020

For up to two years, another full-time reporter will be joining our newsroom to report specifically on issues of equity and access in the rapidly changing Maryland city.

Baltimore City after sunset. (Photo by Flickr user Patrick Gillespie, used via a Creative Commons license)

Local journalism is in crisis mode. The former ad-revenue-and-subscriber-dependent model can’t keep up with constant digital transformation, and many newsrooms across the country have been forced to lay off their boots-on-the-ground folks telling the stories of communities in flux. (Consider the bleak fact that coal miners are faring better than we are.)

At, we’re making an investment in local news every day by sending reporters into the tech, entrepreneurship and innovation communities within Philadelphia, Baltimore, D.C. and Delaware.

And today, we’re excited to announce one way we’re growing: Starting late this spring, we’ll be bringing on another full-time reporter to cover economic development in the Baltimore region, thanks to support from the national journalism fellowship nonprofit Report for America.

For up to two years, an emerging journalist will be joining our newsroom to report specifically on issues of equity and access in the rapidly changing Maryland city. This fellow will report to Assistant Editor Stephen Babcock, who has been leading Baltimore’s coverage for nearly five years.

The landscape in Baltimore shows how national challenges are playing out on the ground: In the past few years, its net number of media outlets — and the number of reporters — has shrunk significantly, even as there has been an increased need for coverage of local issues, such as economic disparities, that are shaping the city. Additionally, leaders in more rural areas of Maryland look to us for coverage we can rarely support. This fellow will support our efforts in reporting on local employment and access issues — the tech economy impact beat, we’re calling it.

After a competitive application and interview process, we join the ranks of 163 other local news organizations representing each region of the country, and including public media, legacy outlets and other digital-only startups — all working to counter the siphoning of information sharing at the local level.

The fellow will be selected and named in April. In the meantime, we can’t wait to bring you more reporting on the issues shaping your local economy.

Psst — want to apply to be a Report for America reporting fellow? Apps are open until Jan. 31.


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