Why Does Local Journalism Matter?

To have a healthy democracy and a thriving community, we need an engaged and informed citizenry. By strengthening local news, we help all people access important information, share ideas in constructive ways, and elevate the voices and stories of underrepresented people.

To advance this pillar of civic engagement, the DCF partners with the Local Journalism Initiative (LJI) to operate the DCF Journalism Internship Program.

Funded by the DCF and LJI, this program embeds college students who are aspiring journalists as reporting interns in Delaware news outlets. The goals of the DCF Journalism Internship Program are to:

  • Increase high-quality local news, which strengthens our democracy and civic engagement;
  • Increase coverage of Delaware’s BIPOC (black, indigenous and people of color) and other historically underrepresented communities; and
  • Increase the population of future journalists who have experience with and are committed to covering historically underrepresented communities, including BIPOC.

Questions? Contact Allison Taylor Levine, LJI founder and CEO, at 302.345.0589.

The internship program is conducted in partnership with the Maryland Delaware DC Press Association, which manages the application process.

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