When asked if he had a dream for local news, Motta was hopeful.
“I’m actually watching it happen,” he said. “(The pandemic) really worked as a catalyst (for news outlets training and/or working with the communities they cover) and you see the movement moving a lot faster now.”
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Correction: A previous version of this story misrepresented the outcomes of the CatchLight Local program. This story has been updated to more accurately reflect the pipeline of CatchLight Local fellows to full-time employment. A previous version also misidentified Marcie Young Cancio’s former employer; she worked at the University of Utah prior to Salt Lake Community College. This story has been updated to correctly spell Lindsey Young’s name.