The GroundTruth Project is a nonprofit news organization based at WGBH headquarters in Boston, with a mission to support a new generation of journalists. Our team is small, our awards are big, and our impact is growing

We provide opportunities and mentorship to emerging journalists through reporting fellowships, our local news initiative Report for America, and additional programs for film, photography and podcasts. We’re passionate about great journalism and the role it plays in democracy, both abroad and in local communities.

GroundTruth is entering an exciting period of growth, as it scales Report for America and expands its editorial vision for the GroundTruth podcast. We seek a Managing Editor/Producer to lead the Boston newsroom, including the team that produces the GroundTruth podcast. This is a Boston-based position; remote work is not possible. The Managing Editor /Producer is a key leadership position with opportunity for growth and innovation. This person will contribute to the vision and strategy of the podcast, including potential development of new podcasts. 

We are looking for a journalist who is comfortable working across mediums — primarily audio and print/digital, but experience with video, photo and other mediums is also welcome. We are also looking for someone who is enthusiastic about supporting and mentoring the next generation of journalists. In addition to leading the podcast team, the Managing Editor /Producer will serve as an editor on reporting projects and play a leadership role in developing and running reporting fellowships. Experience with audio storytelling and editing required, as well as excellent writing and editing skills. Experience starting, growing or running a podcast is a plus.

Instead of writing a cover letter, please fill out the form below by April 28, which will also allow you to upload your resume. Questions about this position may be directed to Executive Editor Kevin Grant at kgrant@thegroundtruthproject.org.

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. We encourage applicants from underrepresented groups and backgrounds.

Responsibilities

He/she will be responsible for insuring that the service year experience is excellent for the reporter and the news organization.  Responsibilities specifically would include:

  • Onboarding news organizations
  • Working with news organizations and corps members to address issues that arise during the year. 
  • Create scalable system of regional or cluster managers to do these functions as Report for America scales

Experience:

  • 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

S/he reports directly to the program’s National Director.

The crisis in journalism threatens democracy – which is why we need a dramatic new approach to reinvigorating journalism, especially at the local level. 

Report for America (https://www.reportforamerica.org/) is a national service program that places talented emerging journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities. We are calling on a new generation of journalists to serve in community news organizations across the country.  We recently announced substantial new funding and that our second corps would have 60 reporters -- a dramatic increase from the first class of 13. 

The program was co-founded in September 2017 by journalist/entrepreneurs Steven Waldman and Charles Sennott as an initiative of The GroundTruth Project (https://thegroundtruthproject.org/ ). It is backed by the Knight Foundation, Facebook, the Google News Initiative, the Ford Foundation and others.

We are looking for a talented National Director to help run this ambitious and crucially important program. With a growing staff of 6 and a $2.7M operating budget, the National Director, in partnership with the RFA Co-founders, will help build and manage a strong team and will manage the relationships with the news organizations where corps members are placed. 

This position is based in Brooklyn, NY and will report to the President of Report for America, Steven Waldman. The GroundTruth Project is based at WGBH in Boston. 

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

The National Director will manage all staff focused on recruitment, corps member applications, service projects, training, and the corps experience. S/he will also be responsible for managing the relationships with RFA news outlet partners. S/he will be responsible for:

● The application process for would-be corps members that will allow RFA to grow from pilot phase to a movement. 

● The professional application process for the 40-50 host news organizations RFA partners with.

● The corps training and mentorship strategies throughout the year.

● Overall communications and shaping the brand.

● Recruitment of both the news organizations and corps members.

● Working with shared services at the GroundTruth Project on budgeting, financial planning and fundraising.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE INCLUDE:

● Experience as a leader of a non-profit or service organization.

● Entrepreneurial skills and practical experience in both journalism and public service. (Ideally, journalism experience would include work in local news. Public service might include work with or participation in national or community service programs, military service or other non-profit organizations).

● Experience as part of a team that has scaled a startup organization.

● Great organizational skills, with experience in operations.

● A passion for the cause of local journalism and public service.

● A sense of humor!

● The ability to collaborate with wide varieties of people and an understanding of the spirit of a startup.

● Success at recruiting diverse teams, including diversity of ethnicity, gender, economic background and perspective.

● Excellent management abilities, both down and up.

● Commitment to and understanding of high quality, objective, local journalism.

(We don’t expect the candidates to be rock stars in all of these skills but this is our ideal!)

SALARY AND BENEFITS 

Salary is commensurate with experience. RFA offers a variety of benefits including group health, dental, and vision coverage, group life and personal accident insurance, adoption assistance, commuter benefits, health care savings accounts, an employer assistance program, and marketplace discounts. Additional voluntary benefits include a voluntary retirement savings 403(b) plan, additional group life and personal accident insurance, and short and long-term disability insurance. 

Director of Impact and Evaluation 

Responsible for assessing what’s working and not working, and helping to measure and demonstrate the impact of both individual corps members and the program as a whole.

Responsibilities:

  • Establishing  metrics and impact agreements with each news organization
  • Working with news organizations to track impact throughout service year
  • Establishing a scalable system for data collection and impact assessment
  • Working with outside evaluators to create high quality evaluations of program impact
  • Developing new ways to convey impact 

Experience:

  • Some experience designing evaluation or monitoring strategies for news organizations
  • Familiarity with newsroom cultures
  • Facility with academic approaches to non profit evaluation and assessment

Lead efforts to generate support from local and regional funders and work with local news organizations to raise local philanthropic support. Reports to the President of Report for America.

Responsibilities:

  • Raise money from local and regional foundations for the Report for America program
  • Work with local news rooms to identify and solicit funds from local philanthropy (foundations, individuals, corporations) to provide the “local” share for Report for America reporting positions
  • Work with GroundTruth’s Development Officer as well as the CEO of GroundTruth to  generate support for Report for America in general and to coordinate with the Ground Truth’s development strategy.  

Experience:

  • Several years of experience in nonprofit development
  • 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

Responsible for branding, public awareness and public outreach for Report for America.  


Responsibilities:

  • Building the Report for America brand
  • Managing social media
  • Newsletters
  • Paid and niche marketing for recruitment of corps members and news organizations
  • Telling the stories of corps members
  • Swag design and cheerleading
  • Coordinating with overall GroundTruth marketing, public relations and communications strategy

Experience:

  • Several years leading communications and/or marketing efforts for an organization or company
  • Some experience with managing social media
  • Some experience building newsletters and audience, a plus.

One third of the world’s people now live in countries that are becoming less democratic, including India, the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Russia, Turkey, Israel, Thailand, Ukraine, Hungary and Poland.

The driving force? Populist authoritarianism, say scholars and authors like Joshua Kurlantzick, Vikram J. Singh and Max Boot. 

“The rise of populist authoritarianism is perhaps the greatest threat we face as a world right now. It is eroding democratic institutions in so many corners of the world and here in the United States. We ignore this threat at our own peril,” said Max Boot, an American conservative who has been among the vanguard of those sounding the alarm on this issue. 

As Joshua Kurlantzick writes, autocratic populists “win democratic elections and then undermine democratic institutions and norms without becoming outright dictators.” 

Fueled by nationalist and xenophobic rhetoric distributed on social media platforms, signs of “autocratization” include increased attacks on and imprisonment of civil society leaders and the free press, restrictions on civil liberties, erosion of democratic norms, xenophobic violence and hate crimes. At the same time, some policymakers are taking a careful look at how the current global economic order is pushing societies toward populism and a new generation of human rights advocates are stepping up to try to turn the tide.

The GroundTruth Project, an award-winning nonprofit media organization that supports the next generation of journalists, and which is deeply committed to a free press as an essential part of a functioning democracy.

As part of its commitment to reporting on rising global authoritarianism, GroundTruth is offering five, 2-month reporting fellowships for emerging journalists to report in-depth. We are looking for top, emerging journalists to be part of this project, and we invite applications from any medium. But please note this special coverage will be the basis for the 2019 season of the GroundTruth Podcast, so all candidates (even those for whom audio is not their primary medium) should include clear and detailed ideas for how they will convey the reporting using evocative and compelling audio.  Past podcasting experience is not required. If you have never worked in audio, we will have producers and editors who will help you execute in the field. 

With new support from the MacArthur Foundation and in close collaboration with major publishing outlets, GroundTruth will be able to offer $10,000 to each fellow to cover a project budget for travel/lodging expenses, risk assessment, insurance and training as well as compensation for stories and podcast episodes produced.

Fellowship candidates are asked to apply via Submittable by March 17. Questions can be directed to GroundTruth executive editor Kevin Grant at kgrant@thegroundtruthproject.org

The GroundTruth Project is looking for a digital intern for the summer.

GroundTruth is an award-winning nonprofit media organization dedicated to helping early-career journalists tell the most important stories of their generation — by providing them with the training, opportunities and funding they need. 

We are looking for someone who is passionate about journalism and the behind-the-scenes work that goes into a nonprofit media organization.

We are looking for someone who has keen attention to detail, writing and copy editing experience, can work independently and collaboratively, has strong editorial judgment and thinks creatively about ways to promote content via social media.

As the digital intern, your responsibilities will include:

1. Building stories in WordPress, including copyediting, visual presentation and headline/caption writing

2. Assisting with daily social media management of GroundTruth’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter sites

3. Assisting with curating and drafting GroundTruth’s two newsletters

4. Providing support to the digital editor and the managing editor

5. Social video (depending on skills/interest of the digital intern)

6. Assisting with audio/podcast production (depending on skills/interest of the digital intern)

7. Writing posts for the site (depending on skills/interest of the digital intern)

A working knowledge of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is required. Familiarity with WordPress or another CMS is a plus. Familiarity with Photoshop and Premiere is beneficial, but is not necessary. If you have other skills not listed here (motion graphics, data visualization, programming) let us know!

This is a paid internship ($12/hour) and can be part-time or full-time. The digital intern is required to work from our Boston, MA, office. 

 The  GroundTruth Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our internship  program is in compliance with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fair Labor  Standards Act (FLSA). 

Pitch your audio story to the GroundTruth Podcast Incubator

Please fill out the form below



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.

ELIGIBILITY

The 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.

HOW TO APPLY

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: mhanley@thegroundtruthproject.org


ABOUT THE GROUNDTRUTH PROJECT

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.

The global response to the HIV/AIDS crisis has been called one of the most effective humanitarian interventions of all time. African nations including Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland have dramatically reduced infection and death rates in recent years — and have helped provide a model for American communities like Washington D.C.’s Anacostia neighborhood on how to do the same.

And yet in regions like the American South, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, HIV/AIDS is an exploding epidemic fueled by intravenous drug use, unsafe sex and stigma. How can these parts of the world learn from others’ success?

The GroundTruth Project, in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network and Narrative 4, will embark on an international filmmaking reporting project to find out in an immersive multimedia series.

GroundTruth will select two, six-week film fellows to participate in the reporting journey. Fellows will receive $5,000 and have all travel expenses covered. Special consideration will be given to candidates experience covering local and/or international health stories who demonstrate a passion for working collaboratively. Candidates from anywhere in the world are welcome to apply.

The deadline is 11:59 pm ET on March 17, 2019. Please write to executive editor Kevin Grant at kgrant@thegroundtruthproject.org with any questions.