The Amsterdam News is excited to announce that it will be adding a second Report for America (RFA) corps member to its editorial staff in 2022. This follows our selection as a RFA newsroom for the first time in 2021. This new journalist will be a community reporter with a special focus on covering public safety and AmNews readers will have a special opportunity to support their work.
“We are excited for Report for America’s faith in the important work we are doing keeping New York’s Black community informed,” said AmNews Publisher and Editor in Chief Elinor R. Tatum. “This additional capacity will allow us to continue our essential mission of holding the powerful accountable and keeping our community safe.”
Amsterdam News readers can make a matching, tax deductible donation to support the important work our RFA corps members do by visiting bit.ly/amnews1 or by mailing a check to: Report for America New York Amsterdam News Campaign c/o The GroundTruth Project, 10 Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135.
So far the AmNews has donated more than $4,000 towards our fundraising goal of $25,000.
“Now, more than ever, we depend on the generosity of our readership to help us continue our 112 year old mission of fighting for the Black community,” said Publisher Tatum.
AmNews’ new corp member will join the paper in June, joining our first RFA corps member Ariama C. Long who for the past six months has been covering politics and city hall as well as doing groundbreaking reporting including her article on food insecurity in New York City.
This announcement caps an exciting year at the AmNews which has seen the relaunch of our website amsterdamnews.com and our newsletter Editorially Black, both of which continue to expand our digital reach. In addition, the paper has received grants from Borealis Philanthrophy’s Racial Equity in Journalism Fund as well as the National Association for Black Journalists, the Fund for Investigative Journalism and Solutions Journalism Network among others.2022 will continue to see an expansion of the essential journalism the AmNews does with several soon to be announced editorial initiatives.