The Henrico Citizen is the independent 19-year-old daily digital hometown news source of Henrico County, Va. – a 330,000-population suburb that surrounds Richmond to the west, north and east and arguably is the true birthplace of the nation. The Citizen’s founder/publisher and managing editor have led the organization since its inception in 2001. Combined, they have nearly 50 years of experience reporting about Henrico – decades more than any other local outlet. They share reporting duties and work with freelance reporters and interns to provide the most thorough coverage of Henrico available.
Location: Henrico, Virginia
Beat: Educational equity in Henrico County VA
This Report for America corps member digs into the racial divide in Henrico County public schools. Among the biggest issues in Henrico, a county that includes the greater Richmond, Va., area: school segregation and school suspensions. A 2015 study found that Henrico County Public Schools was one of the few U.S. localities in which school segregation was increasing – and had disproportionately high rates of suspension among Black students.
Skills: Reporting, Writing
This position is sponsored in part by Report for America, a national service program that places talented emerging journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities. Report for America is an initiative of The GroundTruth Project.
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