Apply to Become a Report for America Journalist

Report for America (RFA) helps local newsrooms report on under-covered issues and communities by sending early-career and mid-to-late-career reporters and photographers to newsrooms throughout the country. As an RFA Corps Member, you’ll be a part of a movement to strengthen communities— and our democracy—through local journalism that is truthful, fair, fearless, and smart.

RFA is a two-year program, with an optional third year. (Corps Members and newsrooms renew their contracts each year.) Each service year begins on June 1 and runs through May 31. We currently have 300 reporters and photographers in 200 newsrooms serving communities across the U.S. We are growing our corps and encourage you to apply!  Applications are now open for over 100 positions. Check out our interactive database of newsrooms and beats here and read the FAQ’s to make sure you are a good fit for this program. Because of the immediate impact candidates are expected to have in newsroom settings, corps member applicants should have a minimum of 1-3 years of local news experience. Recent graduates may apply if they’ve had local newsroom internships and journalism leadership experience in college.

Report for America is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Application Process

To apply, complete the corps member application below. The early application deadline submission date is December 31 and the final deadline is January 31, 2022. Should you become a finalist and be slated for one or more newsroom interviews, your application will be shared with those newsrooms.

Please Note: Be sure to alert your references that they will receive an email from Submittable, the application system, with our recommendation form. Your application will not advance if we don’t receive a form from each of your references by the deadline.

Application Timeline

December 31, 2021—Early application deadline. Apply by this date for early review and consideration for placement in newsrooms for interviews.

January 31, 2022—Final deadline for corps member application submission.


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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 answer to America’s crisis in local news reporting. This year, we'll field roughly 300 corps members 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. 

Recruitment Manager, Report for America

The Recruitment Manager is a full-time, remote position and reports to the Director of Admissions. The Recruitment Manager, in partnership with the Director of Admissions, provides the vision and leadership for all outreach related to cultivating the desired number of newsrooms and corps members each year. This person will develop and execute recruitment strategies that yield the desired results and attract high quality, diverse corps member candidates, newsroom partners and judges.


  • Establish relationships with a wide variety of professional journalism organizations, universities, newsrooms and other sources to ensure that RFA attracts newsroom and corps member applicants who are geographically, ethnically and culturally diverse.
  • Seek out diverse newsrooms to partner with, including nonprofit and for-profit organizations, ethnic media, and TV, radio, print and digital partners. (Travel is required.)
  • Develop and maintain a recruitment calendar for journalism conference attendance for networking and lead generation opportunities with newsrooms and a diverse group of journalists.
  • Work with the Director of Admissions to coordinate an annual recruitment plan and calendar in collaboration with the Corps Excellence Team consisting of targeted newsroom outreach and college and university recruitment tactics.
  • Identify opportunities and relationships to cultivate an emerging pipeline of future RFA corps members and newsroom partners.
  • Work closely with the Director of Admissions and applicable Report for America staff to coordinate and lead the selection process for newsrooms and corps members.
  • In partnership with the Director of Admission, develop and maintain a formal referral program for prospective corps members and newsrooms among the RFA family to include current corps members, alumni, RFA mentors, newsroom partners and journalism departments at colleges and universities.
  • Host ongoing virtual meetings and information sessions throughout the year with prospective corps members and newsrooms for brand building and lead generation.
  • Convey the RFA mission to various groups with passion and sincerity.
  • Recruit and maintain a slate of judges to assist with the selection of newsrooms and corps members in the admission process.
  • Assist with training for corps members if needed
  • Work collaboratively and well with other directors and staffers.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or related field; experience working in a newsroom environment; an understanding and knowledge of diverse newsrooms and the journalism industry. Equivalent experience or combination of education and experience accepted in lieu of preferred degree.

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.