We asked our Report for America corps members to take a step away from daily reporting for their host news organization, and bring us to their community through writing, photography, audio and video. We call this collection of essays “On the Ground.” 

 

These dispatches provide what we call ‘ground truth’ — a sense of place, a feeling for life in their community and a view from the ground. These essays explore what people are talking about and the issues they face, the kind of insights  that can only come from being there and providing the service of local reporting in the community where they live. 

 

ON THE GROUND FROM EL PASO, TX

Bearing witness to the human consequences of U.S. immigration policy

November 30, 2018
ON THE GROUND FROM FITZGERALD, GA

A journalist’s dilemma: wanting to do more to help than tell the story

November 2, 2018
ON THE GROUND FROM PEARL, MISS

How the story I never wrote led me to a story that needed to be told

October 26, 2018
ON THE GROUND FROM JACKSON, MISS

A portrait of struggle and violence in Mississippi

October 18, 2018
ON THE GROUND FROM CHARLESTON, WV

Covering the West Virginia teacher strike — and coming home

April 27, 2018
ON THE GROUND FROM INEZ, KY

During a water crisis, residents embrace reporters as allies

April 10, 2018