The New Bedford Light is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a Report for America host newsroom partner. The Light will join an expanding network of some 220 newsrooms benefiting from the support of this nonprofit program.

Through this partnership, The Light will expand its coverage of the environment. Journalists interested in this position can apply here, by Jan. 30, 2023.

“We are thrilled to devote a reporter full-time to digging deep on this important beat,” said Barbara Roessner, The Light’s founding editor. “The effects of climate change and the legacy of environmental pollution are exceedingly complex issues, and critically important to our region.”

Report for America is a national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues and communities. It is an initiative of The GroundTruth Project, a nonprofit media organization, and is structured to harness the skills and idealism of an emerging group of journalists plus the creative spirit of local news organizations — like ours.

Report for America is a two-year program (with an option for three) that delivers a wide range of benefits to its corps members. Beyond paying up to half of the journalists’ salaries, it provides ongoing training and mentorship by leading journalists, peer networking, and memberships to select professional organizations.

We look forward to welcoming our new Report for America corps member(s) in the summer of 2023. Please consider supporting this vital mission to preserve local news.