Report for America attempts to revitalize local news by deploying extraordinary emerging journalists. But local journalism will not survive without the involvement—and the leadership—of thousands of established journalists, editors and teachers who have significant experience and wisdom.
We are now issuing a call to experienced reporters, editors and teachers to help revitalize local news by working with emerging journalists and innovative newsrooms. We offer a range of opportunities from short-term volunteer efforts as judges to modestly compensated positions as trainers. All of them are crucially important.
We view the experienced journalists who take on these assignments as ambassadors in a broader sense. For instance, last year our judges played a crucial role in spreading the word to prospective candidates—reaching out to emerging journalists or colleagues in the profession.
The time commitments vary depending on the role. In general, we can use whatever time you can spare. Most of these roles have no financial compensation. There are some exceptions. The judges who go beyond application review and do video interviews of finalists get a small stipend. We provide travel expenses for trainers and recruiters. And, of course, swag for everyone.
Our judges are central to the success of Report for America. We only succeed if we pick great corps members and news organizations—and that will only happen if outstanding judges help us (as they’ve done in the past). Next year we intend to field 300 corps members, and we will need judges to assess both reporters and newsrooms. We expect the time commitment to be roughly seven hours. Newsroom judging will take place mid-September through mid-November. Corps member judging will take place in February and early March. Check out our FAQ for judges.
We want each of our corps members to benefit from the wisdom and guidance of an experienced mentor. In some cases, it will be someone who has covered the same beat as the Report for America corps member. In other cases it might be someone who has comparable career experience. And in other cases it might be someone who is in the same state or region as the reporter. We’re asking mentors to make a commitment of at least four calls or meetings per year for one year.
Do you have a special expertise (or background) that would be useful to our corps members or a special sub-section of our corps members (e.g. health care reporters, Native American journalists, etc)? Our training efforts have two main tracks. We gather the entire corps for intensive training at the beginning of each service year, in June. Then we also have monthly virtual gatherings (and some in-person ones). Would you be a good guest speaker? Or a trainer for June, 2021? Some of these are for the full corps, some are for smaller groups.
For Report for America to achieve its goal of getting an extra 1,000 reporters in the field by 2024, we’ll need to raise the money to make it happen. Might you be interested in establishing or joining a state or regional fundraising committee? Mobilizing these resources yourself?
Would you like to represent Report for America in communities or universities near you? Let us know.
Report for America is a national service program that places emerging journalists into local newsrooms to report on urgent under-covered issues and communities. It is an initiative of The GroundTruth Project, an award winning, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists.
Report for America is a dynamic, rapidly-growing answer to America’s crisis in local news reporting.
Report for America is a dynamic, rapidly-growing answer to America’s crisis in local news reporting. This year Report for America will expand from roughly 225 corps members to 300 as part of an ambitious plan to ensure that every American county has regular access to excellent local news. Our reporters and photojournalists work at newspapers large and small, public radio stations, TV stations, digital publications, wire services and investigative nonprofits. They will be in more than 200 newsrooms across 49 states, plus Puerto Rico, Guam and Washington, D.C.
We are seeking a Program Associate to oversee the logistics of key events at Report for America: the application process for newsrooms and corps members. This staffer will also manage databases, create reports, help field inquiries about the organization, assist with scheduling, assist in creating informational material and perform other duties as needed. This position is full-time and can be performed remotely. (Our headquarters is based in NYC.)
- Work with Admissions Director on the application process: keeping track of submissions, parsing out applications to judges, tracking activity and more.
- Manage an applications calendar including arranging hundreds of interviews over a period of a few months.
- Be the point of contact between our organization and people inquiring about it. To that end, be positive, responsive and a good communicator orally and in print.
- Create and maintain databases (judges, mentors, prospective corps members, etc.) and know how to merge databases and send mass mailings.
- Oversee email@example.com, our email address for inquiries.
- Perform other office tasks as needed.
- Supreme organizational skills
- Two or more years of experience in a similar role preferred
- Ability to manage an application process
- Ability to create and manage a calendar of scheduled interviews
- Experience creating, mining and merging databases
- Some experience planning events
- A sense of humor
About The GroundTruth Project
Our mission is to restore journalism from the ground up by supporting the next generation of journalists through field reporting that serves under-covered corners of the United States and the world.
The GroundTruth Project is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected status.
Interviews will be conducted via video conferencing.
Location: California, Oregon, Alaska, Guam and Hawaii.
The Corp Excellence Regional Manager for Report for America is a critical position within the organization. He/She is charged with overseeing the running of the program on a regional level from the perspective of the emerging journalists and the newsrooms that employ them. This position will cover Region 7, which encompasses Report for America’s newsroom partners and Corps Members in California, Oregon, Alaska, Guam and Hawaii.
This position will report directly to the RFA Vice President of Corps Excellence.
The position is remote, but the Regional Manager will be expected to live in one of the states located in Region 7. The salary for this position is $86,700 annually.
Responsibilities and duties:
· Counsel and advise Corps Members on any number of issues impacting their ability to perform their duties with their host newsrooms or with the Report for America program
· Work with all media outlets to ensure understanding and compliance with Report for America program values, mission and procedures
· Assist in defining project scope, goals and deliverables defined below
· Evaluate applications from prospective corps members and provide slates to newsrooms
· Evaluate applications from news sites.
· Initiate and build partnerships to develop Corps Member opportunities for experiential endeavors locally, state-wide, regionally
· Conduct site visits to evaluate appropriateness and relevance of assignments for Corps Members
· Conduct quarterly, and sometimes more frequent, calls with employers and Corps Members
· Assist Director of Recruitment in identifying potential media companies in your region to participate in Report for America
Work alongside Report for America and GroundTruth colleagues to identify and promote speaking, conference participation and other opportunities for Corps Members, funders and partners in your region
· Produce regular reports on the program’s progress and the progress of the Corps Members in your region
- Monitor Corps Members’ Service Projects to ensure they are up and running
- Identify Corps Members’ work that has impact in their communities or that is simply just great journalism; Share that work with the Manager of Public Relations and the Director of Development, along with other key staff
· Promote diversity within the program
· Assist the Vice President of Corps Excellence, Corps Members and media companies in the contest entry process
· Coordinate meetings and other activities for annual visit of Vice President, Corps Excellence
This job description reflects essential functions of the Regional Manager, Corps Excellence position for Report for America. It does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned for this position. A shift in the roles and responsibilities of this specific position or in the strategic needs of the organization may result in this job description changing. All changes will be made in consultation with the employee.
- Responsible for identifying stand-out stories from Corps Members in your region
- Participate in weekly Corps Excellence calls
- Have weekly calls with Vice President, Corps Excellence
- Report on Corps Members and newsroom activities/issues, etc.
- List of proposed monthly visits/trainings, etc. in the region
- Roundup of activities for the quarter
- Quarterly check-ins with host newsrooms and Corps Members
- Quarterly regional training for Corps Members
Meaningful time (minimum 5 to 7 years) spent in the journalism industry,
including as a manager.
● Ability to mentor
● Must be able and willing to travel
● Good listening and observation skills
● Quality problem solver who can also help others to navigate solving problems
● Ability to communicate non-confrontationally and intelligently
● Skilled negotiator
● Steward of diversity, including visible signs of commitment to diversity issues
● Familiarity with online communications tools such as Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting, etc.
- Possess a valid driver’s license
- Able to lift up to 25 pounds to the height of 3 to 4-feet
- Must be able to understand content on a computer screen in real time.
- Must be able to update and create content under tight/short deadlines.
- Must be able to travel
The GroundTruth Project is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We encourage diverse candidates to apply.
This role will provide essential administrative support to the chair of the coalition, and act as the primary staffer on social media and membership management.
Rebuild Local News Coalition is a coalition of 17 trade associations and journalism advocates. Our goal is to work together to advocate for smart, content neutral policies to support the local press. Together with its partners, Rebuild Local News has made significant gains on federal and state legislation. It’s now looking for a process-oriented staffer to support its continued growth. It is an initiative of The GroundTruth Project.
- Organize meetings and calendar for Chair of Rebuild Local News Coalition
- Create and schedule social media posts for the Rebuild Local News Coalition
- Work with manager of policy development to implement internal communications strategy for coalition members
- Work with manager policy development to fact check, copy edit and publish blogs, reports and other editorial deliverables
- Handle a variety of administrative and operational tasks for the coalition as needed including communication with members of the coalition, updating of the website and interfacing with support teams within GroundTruth including the finance and communications teams
This job description reflects essential functions of the Operations and Outreach Associate position for The Rebuild Local News Coalition /The GroundTruth Project. It does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned for this particular position. A shift in the roles and responsibilities of this specific position or in the strategic needs of the organization may result in this job description changing. All changes will be made in consultation with the employee to the furthest extent possible.
- B.A. degree
- Some administrative experience
- Experience in nonprofits and/or newsrooms a plus
- Facility with Google Calendar, Calendly, Google sheets, Zoom
- Passion for saving local news
- Knowledge of social media tools like
- Newsletter writing
- Writing for social
- Basic familiarity with Squarespace
- Excellent communication across internal teams and with external partners
- Extremely well organized and accustomed to juggling multiple tasks
- Sense of humor
To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, please select from the list provided below as essential to perform the job:
- Must be able to use a computer screen in real time.
- Must be physically able to type/use a mouse in order to update and create content under tight/short deadlines.
- This person will be required to communicate with all levels within the organization.
Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project, is an award-winning, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists in the U.S. and around the world. A national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities, Report for America is structured to harness the skills and idealism of an emerging group of journalists plus the creative spirit of local news organizations.
The Director of Corps Excellence for Report for America is a key leadership position within the organization. The Director is charged with making sure the corps experience is excellent for corps members, newsrooms and thus communities.
As part of that role, you will be responsible for creating clear policies and procedures for the corps and newsrooms as they relate to Report for America, and managing a growth staff of regional managers. The Director reports to the Senior Vice President for Report for America. The position is remote.
- Leading and overseeing the Corps Excellence department and function. That includes: hiring and managing the regional managers; establishing the policies, goals and guidelines for their work; planning the scaling for the program
- Ensuring that the corps experience is outstanding for corps members. To that end, work with the Impact and Evaluation manager and the leadership team to define what success looks like for corps members, and meet those goals.
- Develop and revise policies and procedures for corps members and newsrooms.
- Use findings from impact and evaluation reports to fine-tune corps experience and recruitment.
- Ensuring that the Corps experience is excellent for Report for America news organizations. To that end, work with the Impact and Evaluation manager, the Local Sustainability team and the leadership team to define what success looks like, and meet those goals.
- Promoting diversity within the program and among newsrooms.
- Identifying and overseeing special projects, such as a program to foster Black-owned and Latino-owned newsrooms.
- Leading and overseeing a comprehensive mentoring program.
- Creating and overseeing awards program to highlight corps members’ work.
- Working with all media outlets to ensure understanding and compliance with Report for America program values, mission and procedures. To that end, conduct quarterly conference calls with employers.
- Working with their supervisor, the senior vice president of Report for America, they are responsible for identifying potential partnerships between Report for America and other organizations to further our mission, and making them happen.
Duties beyond “Corps Excellence”
- Work with Report for America and GroundTruth colleagues to build opportunities for corps members, funders and partners. For example, relationships with academic institutions and media nonprofits where corps members may have the opportunity to sit on panels, moderate discussions on the importance of local news coverage and media trust and other activities.
- In conjunction with the Director of Admissions, provide marketing strategies to promote the program to potential corps members and potential media partners.
- Create the strategy for assisting corps members and media companies in the awards submission process.
- Help conduct training for corps members when called upon to do so.
- Coordinate and assist other staff with various events, activities and fundraising throughout the year as needed.
- Bachelor's Degree or equivalent, plus several years' experience in a volunteer, service or academic institutions
- Familiarity with the culture of local news rooms
- Some experience working with emerging journalists or early professionals
- Strong diplomatic and people-management skills
- Ideally, solid experience as an advisor, counselor, or mentor in an academic or professional setting
The GroundTruth Project is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified application for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor.