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Journalists, apply now to be a Report For America corps member

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Report For America is looking for talented, service-oriented journalists who want to serve under-covered areas to provide Americans with the information they need to improve their communities and hold powerful institutions accountable.

This year’s class of 250 reporters starts work in June 2020. Two of the positions are with Capitol News Illinois, the Illinois Press Foundation’s news service that covers state government. One RFA reporter will be covering how state government impacts ethnic, minority, distressed and rural communities in Illinois. The other reporter will be a videographer for the news service, which has been published by more than 380 Illinois newspapers with a combined circulation of nearly 2 million since its launch in January 2019.

There are other Illinois RFA positions open as well. They include:

  • Belleville News-Democrat (2): Reporter covering East St. Louis and a reporter covering K-12 education
  • Block Club Chicago (2): Reporter covering Austin and North Lawndale neighborhoods on the West Side of Chicago — filled by current corps member; reporter covering theLakeview, Boystown and Lincoln Park areas, home to the largest population of the city’s LGBTQ community.
  • Chicago Sun-Times (2): A reporter covering South and West Chicago — filled by current corps member; photojournalist covering the South and West sides of Chicago.
  • Southern Illinois Local Media Group (1): Reporter covering the town of Chester
  • The Chicago Reporter/Univision (1): Reporter covering Aurora, Elgin, Joliet, Cicero, Waukegan and other Chicago exurbs.
  • The Daily Herald, Arlington Heights (3): Reporter covering minority communities in Lake County, a reporter covering Northern DuPage County, and a reporter covering state legislative races and local elections in suburban districts.
  • WNIJ Northern Public Radio, DeKalb (1): Reporter covering substandard housing and police relations

Report for America is a national service program that places talented, emerging journalists into local news organizations to report for one to two years on under-covered issues and communities. An initiative of The GroundTruth Project, Report for America addresses an urgent need in journalism at a time when news deserts are widening across the country, leaving communities uninformed on local issues and threatening our democracy like never before.

Applications are being accepted now until Jan. 31 at reportforamerica.org for the reporting slots. They will be chosen in a selective national competition, with leading journalists, editors and teachers acting as judges. Journalists and their newsroom pairings will be announced in April.

Last year, Report for America drew nearly 1,000 applications for 50 open positions, signaling significant interest among emerging journalists.

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Ten $1,000 Scholarships Now Available for Midwest High School Seniors  

High school seniors from states that surround Iowa have a chance to earn one of 10 $1,000 college scholarships


Jan. 13, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Christopher Weishaar
Digital Public Relations Specialist
Iowa Student Loan
cweishaar@studentloan.org

(515) 273-7140

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA (Jan. 13, 2021) — High school seniors from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin now have a chance to receive one of 10 college scholarships worth $1,000. Registration is open now through April 30, 2021.

High school seniors may register for the ISL Midwest Senior Scholarship at www.IowaStudentLoan.org/Midwest. Iowa Student Loan® will award $1,000 scholarships to 10 students whose names are randomly drawn after the registration period. Registered students also receive emails highlighting financial literacy tips, such as the importance of early career and college planning and ways to reduce student loan indebtedness.

“We know 2020 has been a tough year on students and families mentally and financially. We want high school seniors to have the tools and resources they need to plan and pay for college,” said Steve McCullough, president and CEO of Iowa Student Loan. “The information students receive during the program can help them make better decisions as they consider college finances, student loans and their future financial situations. We hope families also take this opportunity to explore all the free resources available on our website.”

The ISL Midwest Senior Scholarship is open to legal U.S. citizens who are seniors at a high school in one of the qualifying states during the 2020–2021 school year and who intend to attend college, either virtually or physically, in fall 2021. It is a no-purchase-required program, and full rules and details are available at www.IowaStudentLoan.org/Midwest.


Additional Resources Available 

Iowa Student Loan also has additional resources for families planning for college and for students who intend to pursue advanced degrees. The Parent Handbook consists of valuable tips to help families of students in sixth through 12th grades prepare for success in college and other postsecondary options. Parents of students in eighth through 12th grades can also sign up to receive twice-monthly emailed tips on academic, college and career planning through the Student Planning Pointers for Parents program. The College Funding Forecaster helps families understand the total cost of four years of college based on a freshman-year financial aid offer. Information about these resources is available at www.IowaStudentLoan.org/SmartBorrowing.


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About Iowa Student Loan
Established in 1979 as a private, nonprofit organization, Iowa Student Loan helps students and families obtain the resources necessary to succeed in postsecondary education. Iowa Student Loan has helped nearly 400,000 students pay for college. The organization, based in West Des Moines, Iowa, also provides an array of borrower benefits, financial literacy tools and community reinvestment programs, including support for free college planning services for students and their families. For more information about Iowa Student Loan, visit www.IowaStudentLoan.org.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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