The GroundTruth Project, a dynamic young organization whose mission is to train the next generation of journalists to tell the most important stories of our time, is seeking a Development Officer to support the work of the Chief Executive Officer and GroundTruth’s leadership team.

Since its incorporation as an independent 501(c)(3) organization in mid-2014, GroundTruth has established itself as a leading voice on a range of social justice issues, including climate change, global health, income inequality and international peace and security. GroundTruth has recently launched an ambitious new program called Report for America, which calls upon the next generation of reporters to serve under-covered communities across America by reporting on local issues for local news organizations. Articles about it have already appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post and Chronicle of Philanthropy

Housed within the offices of WGBH in Boston, GroundTruth has a lively headquarters, a prestigious Board of Directors and Advisory Board, a small, talented and dedicated staff, and a timely mission and vision. Its fellowship programs, reporting projects, publishing platforms, and reach have won numerous awards for excellence. It has strong and continuing support from a number of outstanding institutions and foundations, including Knight, MacArthur and Luce foundations as well as Google News Lab, but is in the middle of an aggressive fundraising campaign and entering a period of growth and transformation.

Reporting directly to the CEO and working closely with the GroundTruth team of editors and managers headquartered in Boston and the leadership of Report for America, which is based in New York, the Development Officer (DO) will be responsible for executing on the financial growth strategy that builds on the organization’s early success and ensures its sustainability.  With a focus on major donors and national as well as regional foundations, the DO will be charged with:

  • Identifying potential major donors by conducting research and working with the CEO, RFA President, and members of the Board of Directors to prepare for and follow up on meetings and correspondence;
  • Researching grant opportunities, particularly among regional foundations that can support the Report for America (RFA) initiative.
  • Writing query letters, developing proposals and pitching at donor conferences with input from the editorial staff;
  • Supporting the work of the CEO and RFA President to enable the Board and Advisors to leverage their networks;
  • Helping design and execute events to showcase the organization’s talent and raise visibility and funds (e.g. salons and galas);
  • Maximizing other opportunities, such as Giving Tuesday and dates that are notable for the organization (e.g. World Press Day);
  • Developing and maintaining the systems to support all of these activities.
  • Helping to ensure that existing donors are kept abreast of our progress and maintained well
  • Creation of support materials to help with fundraising

This is an outstanding opportunity for an emerging professional who seeks to make an impact in a small but growing organization, and who shares an interest in education, journalism, civic engagement and the issues GroundTruth addresses. Successful candidates will possess:

  • A minimum of two years of professional work experience in development, outstanding references and a bachelor’s degree
  • A track record of securing support as part of a team or individually
  • Familiarity with the Boston and New York funding communities
  • An ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, startup environment
  • The presence to interface successfully with executives and leaders
  • Outstanding writing skills, knowledge of donor systems, specifically SalesForce, a sense of humor, creativity, flexibility and high standards.

Instead of writing a cover letter, please fill out the form below, which will also allow you to upload your resume. Questions about this position may be directed to Anne O’Brien, Director of Human Resources and Operations,

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 factor.

Pitch your audio story to the GroundTruth Podcast Incubator

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NOTE: We have selected submissions for our fall podcast season, which is in production. However, we are still accepting submissions for future seasons.  

Do you have a powerful reported story that deserves its own podcast episode? The GroundTruth Project is launching a story incubator aimed at providing emerging audio reporters and producers with the support they need to create an audio documentary for the award-winning “GroundTruth” podcast. The GroundTruth Project will bring the full muscle of its podcast team and partnerships to the stories selected, providing mentorship to the storyteller and turning the piece into a powerful podcast episode with reach and impact. 

Journalists whose pitches are accepted will receive guidance from veteran audio storytellers, editorial support from the GroundTruth podcast team, access to recording studios and voice coaching, professional mixing and sound design, digital production and episode promotion. The storyteller will also be paid $1,500 for the story. Additional funds may be made available in some cases to cover expenses. 

The “GroundTruth” podcast, which is produced by The GroundTruth Project in partnership with WGBH and PRX, has been the recipient of an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award and four regional RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards since its launch in September 2015. Episodes produced through the GroundTruth Podcast Incubator may reach additional listeners through GroundTruth’s radio and podcast partners.


TThe GroundTruth Podcast Incubator is open to independent audio producers and reporters, as well as those working at news organizations. There is no limit on age or experience, but preference will be given to early-career journalists (up to five years of experience). Applicants are not required to be in the Boston area, but those who are would have the opportunity to work out of the GroundTruth offices at WGBH in Boston.

GroundTruth is most interested in stories that could only be told by reporting in the field — stories that get to the “ground truth.” It’s not just an idea. It’s a technical term coined by NASA, referring to the human measurement on the ground. We’re looking for audio that captures the essence of places and people, and makes listeners feel like they’re there. We’re open to great stories of all kinds, but have a particular interest in stories that connect to issues of social justice, human rights, health or the environment. We’re interested in 15- to 30-minute audio documentaries that may be local, national or global. Series ideas will be considered in exceptional cases. 

Strong preference will be given to journalists who have done some or all of the reporting needed for their story and can share samples of compelling tape. In other words, we are interested in seeing well-formed stories and reporting, rather than ideas that have not yet been tested.


To submit an application for the GroundTruth Podcast Incubator, fill out the form below. You will be asked to provide information on your story, as well as on your background. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.  Applicants will receive a response within two months of submission. Questions may be directed to Mitch Hanley:


Committed to supporting and inspiring a new generation of journalists to tell the most important stories of their generation, The GroundTruth Project is based in Boston at the PBS flagship, WGBH. Since it was formally incorporated as a non-profit in 2014, GroundTruth has offered more than 125 reporting fellowships and workshops to top, emerging journalists around the world and distributes their award-winning work through editorial partnerships with PRI The World, PBS NewsHour, PBS FRONTLINE, The Atlantic, ABC News, the Huffington Post and other leading news organizations.

Reporting in a local community can be thrilling and rewarding as well as challenging. Please read more about our program and read the FAQs to make sure you’re a good fit for this program.

Also consider joining us via FB Live on December 10th and January 17th at 12 pm EST / 9 am PST for Q&As for applicants with President Steve Waldman and National Director Maggie Messitt. If you have any questions, please contact us:

Susette Brooks, Applications and Community Manager |

Maggie Messitt, National Director |