Bailiwick News is a free, independent newspaper offering reporting and critical analysis of Centre County public affairs, with a focus on ecological resilience and government accountability.
Call for Writers:
$50-$100 for 1,500-2000 words of in-depth, long-form investigative reporting on the topics listed below. Submissions should adhere to a roughly 80:20 ratio – 80% document-sourced factual reporting to 20% critical analysis and opinion.
Send queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preliminary documents and referrals to local sources available. This is a good opportunity for journalism students and others interested in working with an experienced editor to craft compelling, fact-supported reports on local issues of public interest and concern.
Topics of interest:
1) Water Systems – History of work toward developing a regional integrated water resource management plan; current status; in-depth reporting on proposed Nestle water bottling plant.
2) Food Systems – Food production in Centre County; existing and proposed local food policies.
3) Land Development – Relationship between Penn State enrollment growth, luxury private student housing development, sprawl, destruction of farmland, and lack of affordable workforce housing; in-depth reporting on Patton Crossing development plans for hotel complex to replace wooded former mobile home park.
4) Sewage Treatment Systems – Relationship between population growth, land development, University Area Joint (Sewer) Authority planned upgrades for odor control and other measures, Penn State’s planned expansion of the university sewage treatment plant off University Drive, and taxpayer/ratepayer costs for same.
5) Air Quality and Climate Change – Penn State energy system, planned addition of natural-gas fired Combustion Turbine/Heat Recovery Steam Generator to West Campus Steam Plant, emissions from fuel extraction, transport and combustion.
6) Zoning – Coverage of historical and current relationship between local zoning codes, local political power and community planning over time; in-depth reporting of State College Borough’s current zoning code overhaul, relationship to high-rise construction, population growth, impacts on water, sewer and transportation systems
7) Penn State Administration – bloat, corruption capture by oligarchy; relationship to tuition increases, staffing (i.e. adjunct v. tenured); relationship to governance structure and PSU exemption from Right to Know and State Ethics Act; current state legislation to reduce size of Board of Trustees and impose RTK and State Ethics Act on state-related universities.
8) Penn State Real Estate – Data collection, organization and presentation of Penn State-owned property in Centre County, tax exemptions, PILOT agreements, and relationship to land development and municipal tax revenue.
9) Regional Government – structure, bloat, duplication of services, capture by oligarchy, dispersion of accountability; relationship of elected legislatures to appointed administrators, chartered municipal authorities and appointed municipal authority boards.
10) Economic development – prioritization of taxpayer subsidies for extractive and destructive multinational corporations, disadvantaging indigenous, human-scale economic development.
11) Justice System – Aftereffects of Stacy Parks Miller corruption of District Attorney’s office and Centre County judiciary; updates on DA Bernie Cantorna’s reform work; need for truth and reconciliation process to address harms to Centre County citizens.
Sept. 2013 to Sept. 2014 – Print edition of Steady State College. Focused primarily on local energy and food systems. Back issues.
September 2016 – Bailiwick News launched. Focused in its first year on local water, land use and criminal justice systems. Back issues.