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.

Judge

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.

Mentor

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.

Trainer

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.

Fundraiser

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?

Recruiter

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. Some 300 corps members work at newspapers large and small, public radio stations, TV stations, digital publications, wire services and investigative nonprofits. This year they will be in 250 newsrooms across all 50 states and Washington, D.C., plus Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Impact and Evaluation Manager for Report for America, a remote position, is key within the organization. The Manager is charged with the critical role of determining how we measure the impact of the corps members, what elements of the program are working and which aren’t, the satisfaction levels of reporters and newsrooms, and the cost effectiveness of our spending. This staffer will work remotely and will report to the Senior Vice President. We offer a competitive salary, great benefits and an excellent working environment!

Responsibilities include:

Overall, working closely with the Report for America team to identify and meet the data and analysis needs across the program—identifying what info is needed, determining how best to gather it, using data to understand impact and track it, and analyzing trends to identify opportunities for program improvements. That includes:

  • Establishing a scalable system for data collection and impact assessment including defining long-term and short-term outcomes
  • Working with our recruitment team to analyze data to help inform ongoing recruitment strategies for newsrooms and corps members
  • Working with news organizations to track impact throughout service year
  • Working with our development team to prove impact for our funders
  • Assessing the efficacy of our efforts to help newsrooms increase donations
  • Assessing news deserts, to help us plan impact strategies
  • Developing new ways to convey impact
  • Developing, managing and updating a tracking system, working with Salesforce
  • Working with outside evaluators to create large-scale evaluations of program impact

Experience:

A successful candidate will:

  • Possess significant experience overseeing and designing evaluation or monitoring strategies for news organizations or similar organizations
  • Have expertise in creating and analyzing data and spreadsheets
  • Possess familiarity with creating and analyzing surveys
  • Possess a familiarity with academic approaches to journalistic evaluations and assessments
  • Have some familiarity with newsroom cultures

Interviews will be conducted via video conferencing.


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.

Location: California, Oregon, Alaska, Guam and Hawaii.

Overview:

The Corp Excellence Regional Manager for Report for America is a key 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:

Essential duties/responsibilities

·  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.

LANGUAGE

Bilingual preferred

WEEKLY DELIVERABLES

- 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

MONTHLY DELIVERABLES

-  Report on Corps Members and newsroom activities/issues, etc.

-  List of proposed monthly visits/trainings, etc. in the region

QUARTERLY DELIVERABLES

-  Roundup of activities for the quarter

- Quarterly check-ins with host newsrooms and Corps Members

- Quarterly regional training for Corps Members

Qualifications:

Meaningful time (minimum 5 to 7 years) spent in the journalism industry,

including as a manager.

● Open-mindedness

● 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.

Report for America is a dynamic, rapidly-growing answer to America’s crisis in local news reporting. Some 300 corps members work at newspapers large and small, public radio stations, TV stations, digital publications, wire services and investigative nonprofits. This year they will be in 250 newsrooms across all 50 states and Washington, D.C., plus Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Data and Information Manager plays a significant role in the organization. This person is charged with creating and managing critical processes and workflows for all aspects of Report for America and making sure they run smoothly. These include the application, reviewing and selection processes for newsrooms and corps members; management and maintenance of newsroom and corp member information integration of workflows among various RFA teams; program and data needs for RFA staff; and management of periodic newsroom and corp member evaluation surveys, among other things. The Data and Information Manager reports to the Vice President of Program Development and is a remote position.

Key roles and responsibilities include:

Essential duties/Responsibilities

-Responsible for management of all RFA newsroom and corps member data, including but not limited to input, import, analysis, export, storage, and distribution of information and data sets and data points. Will work with current and future data management platforms, spreadsheets and related applications. Strong communication and editorial skills a must. Experience with customer relationship management (CRM) systems like Salesforce and spreadsheet-database hybrids like Airtable is a plus.

-Collaborate on development of data collection methods to improve upon and replace spreadsheets as a data repository/source of truth with a superior platform, in collaboration with GroundTruth’s IT team.

-Ensure that RFA sources of data are accurate and being relayed appropriately to organizational reporting tools. Partner with GroundTruth’s IT team to meet RFA’s data needs and coordinate with GroundTruth and RFA stakeholders. Ensure that data flows to external stakeholders (newsrooms and corps members) are reliable and meet the RFA program’s needs, including quarterly evaluation data. Maintain and regularly update RFA databases, including quarterly evaluation data from newsrooms and corps members (number of stories produced by corps members, etc.)

-Flag and escalate data problems that present as issues.

-Create, harmonize and manage workflows and processes across RFA and applicable GroundTruth Project teams including Corps Excellence, Training  and Service, Local Sustainability, Admissions, Editorial Hub, IT, Finance, and others.

-Manage the application process and cycle for newsroom and corps member applications.

-Work with the Director of Applications and Vice President of Program Development to create an application timetable and deliverables list.

-Ensure that deliverable deadlines are met, by keeping participants and “owners” of certain tasks in this process on track.

-Monitor the application review process.

-Maintain and regularly update RFA databases, including quarterly evaluation data from newsrooms and corps members (number of stories produced by corps members, etc.)

-Flag and escalate data problems that present as issues.

-Work with the VP of Program Development, and partner with GroundTruth’s IT team to ensure that RFA has the technological platforms (both internal and external) to scale dramatically and provide excellent services to both newsrooms and reporters, as well as internal stakeholders.

-Deliver on RFA’a data and reporting needs, being aware of GroundTruth’s data technology needs, as coordinated with GroundTruth’s IT team, as design and implementation choices are made. Ensure that RFA’s data needs and functionalities are represented in organizational initiatives. Serve as a technical liaison in the partnership of GroundTruth and RFA technology workflows.

Experience:

A successful candidate will:

-Possess significant experience with creating and managing critical data processes and workflows for news organizations or similar organizations

-Have some familiarity with newsroom cultures

Interviews will be conducted via video conferencing.

Position is Remote.

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 factor.