The collapse of local journalism has created a crisis for democracy. Residents no longer get the information they need to understand the critical issues facing their community, to make good decisions for their family, and hold elected officials accountable.
This problem is not going to be solved by a new phone app or an increase of a few pennies in digital ad rates. It’s time to try something dramatically different.
Report for America is a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities. An initiative of the nonprofit media organization, The GroundTruth Project, it is structured to harness the skills and idealism of an emerging group of journalists plus the creative spirit of local news organizations.
Yvonne Boose covers artistic, cultural, and spiritual expressions. This includes how members of community cultural groups are finding creative and innovative ways to enrich their personal lives through these expressions individually and within the context of their larger communities.
Maria Gardener Lara reports for WNIJ Hola with a focus on keeping families informed on the programs and policies that affect the growing Latino community.
Juanpablo Ramirez-Franco covers the environment includes a sharp focus on water including the quality of rivers and groundwater, and how climate-driven rain and flooding are fundamentally changing the course of life in the region. Additionally Juanpablo can be heard covering stories related to substandard housing and community policing.
These positions are partially funded by a grant from Report for America. WNIJ must raise an the remainder through local matching funds. Support these important voices in our community by donating to WNIJ’s portion here.
Maria, Juanpablo, and Yvonne’s stories from our community will be collected below.
A Rockford annual holiday concert is taking place this Saturday, but a new face will lead the band.
Winnebago County State's Attorney J. Hanley argues the SAFE-T Act is unconstitutional, while the ACLU Illinois responds that the law will make Illinois safer.
Many Americans feel that democracy is under threat but one northern Illinois retiree is demonstrating social equality by connecting people in his community and in other places.
In a 20-to-2 vote the DeKalb County Board moved forward with the sale of the DeKalb Rehab and Nursing Home Center.
A Rockford church is using art to help bridge the gap in the community.
An Indigenous-led effort is returning buffalo to tribal lands across the Midwest. Some of the animals come from The Nature Conservancy’s buffalo herds.
Political newcomer vying to be the voice in Springfield for growing Latino population in northern IllinoisJuan Reyes is running against State Senator Steve Stadelman for the redrawn 34th district covering Rockford and surrounding area and Belvidere.
Welcome to Poetically Yours. Poetically Yours showcases poems by northern Illinois poet. Today’s poem is by Jake DaSilva.
Mostly local artists and some not so local creatives were at the scene for Rockford’s biannual gallery walk this past weekend.