There are three ways that newsrooms can participate in the Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk project.
Report for America Host Newsrooms
Our 10 partner newsrooms receive funding through Report for America to employ local reporters to cover agriculture and water issues. Those reporters are part of the Ag & Water Desk team, and they receive special training, and publish regional stories through the Desk’s distribution network.
Host an Expert Journalist
Nominate an experienced staffer in your newsroom to be an Expert Journalist. These leaders will help mentor the emerging reporters, give advice on the editorial direction of the Desk, participate in training and strategy sessions, and lead special reporting projects for the Desk. They will report to their own newsrooms and work in partnership with the Editorial Director. They will be provided a stipend of $5,000 per year. Outlets hosting these journalists will get free training and support for their Expert Journalist, recognition and partnerships across the region, and greater resources and reach for the stories they do. Applications are open through Jan. 31, 2022.
The Desk is recruiting news outlets to participate in our distribution network. This entails getting free, high-quality content on ag and water issues. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.