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. This year Report for America expanded from roughly 60 corps members to 225 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. This year they are in 163 newsrooms across 46 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C and we anticipate more growth in 2021.

Roles and Responsibilities
The Manager of Local Sustainability for Report for America is a key position within the organization.  The Manager is charged with the critical role in contributing to the mission of generating support from local and regional donors for the national Report for America program. In addition, this role will work with local news organizations to build their capacity to raise local philanthropic support. This position is 100% remote and will report to the Director of Local Sustainability and Development. We offer a competitive salary, great benefits and an excellent working environment!

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and deploy strategies to mobilize philanthropic support from local and regional individuals, families, foundations and corporations for the Report for America program
  • Train local newsrooms to identify and solicit funds from local philanthropy (foundations, individuals, corporations) to support their Report for America reporting positions
  • Work with the team of GroundTruth and Report for America to generate support for Report for America in general and to coordinate with the GroundTruth’s development strategy.  
  • Build local support infrastructure for Report for America’s program growth across your region.
  • Participate in strategic events and travel as an individual and with the development team, including CEOs of GroundTruth and Report for America.

A successful candidate will possess:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (preferred)
  • Several years (7-10) of experience in nonprofit development is preferred, but a natural in the space of media and philanthropy is just as valuable.
  • Experience in training or teaching (to help train local news organizations how to advance their local fundraising efforts).
  • Passion for, and familiarity with, the cause of local journalism.
  • Strong communicator, organizer and enthusiastic cause leader.
  • Strategic, long-term visioning skills to work with peers to outline future opportunities and needs.

 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.


Report For America

Dear news organization,                                         
Please complete and submit this form to let us know if you are re-upping your Report for America corps member(s) for another year. (A reminder that RFA pays 33% of the corps member’s salary in Year Two and 20% in Year Three.) 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please have a conversation with your corps members about re-upping before you fill out this form so you're both of the same mind.

The deadline for submitting this form is November 16, 2020.

QUESTIONS? Email RFA National Director Kim Kleman at


Report For America

Dear corps member,                                         
Please complete and submit this form to let us know if you want to re-up with your Report for America newsroom for another year.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure you talk with your newsroom supervisor in advance about re-upping to make sure you’re on the same page before you fill out this form.

The deadline for submitting this form is November 16, 2020.

QUESTIONS? Contact your regional manager.