Announcing the GroundTruth Reporting Fellowship on Global Migration, Refugees and Resettlement

The GroundTruth Project announces an ambitious reporting fellowship covering a critical moment for global migration and resettlement. 

In 2019, the number of international migrants globally reached 272 million, according to the UN, and the number of forcibly displaced people has reached a record-breaking 70.8 million, “the highest levels of displacement on record,” according to the UNHCR. Many return home each year, by choice or by force. Many more will stay.

We're looking for story proposals that examine how the global migration crisis is unfolding at the local level, and solutions-oriented stories that explore the different approaches and challenges to permanent resettlement of refugees, even as anti-refugee sentiment fuels public backlash.

With support from the MacArthur Foundation and The Henry Luce Foundation, GroundTruth plans to select a team of fellows working across key regions, telling narrative-driven, multimedia stories of migration shaped by climate change, economic and social instability, war and famine.

The fellowship is open to videographers, photographers, writers, audio reporters and data journalists. We seek proposals that integrate compelling human stories with attempted solutions relevant to those stories (whether they have been proven effective or not). We welcome projects that explore the complexities of religion, ethnicity, gender and/or national identity.

Experience covering migration or refugees is preferred, and journalists who have migrated or been refugees are particularly encouraged to apply. The fellowship is open to candidates from anywhere in the world. Candidates may apply with a partner or partners, and each fellow will receive a total of $10,000 — which will cover all travel expenses and a fee to the fellow. 

If applying as a partnership or team, each person should submit their own application and mention the proposed partner or team members. The deadline to apply is March 2nd.

Reporting will be distributed widely through GroundTruth editorial partners, who in the past have included TIME, The Atlantic, FRONTLINE, The Washington Post, PBS NewsHour, PRI’s The World, USA Today, ABC News and many more. Candidates are encouraged to include their own distribution relationships in their proposals. Please write to Chief Content Officer Kevin Grant (kgrant@thegroundtruthproject.org) with any questions.


About The GroundTruth Project 

The GroundTruth Project is an award-winning, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists around the world. Our mission is to restore journalism from the ground up by enabling in-depth, on the ground field reporting on social justice issues in under-covered corners of the world. Since GroundTruth launched, we have supported more than 300 emerging journalists across more than 30 countries and been honored with the News Emmy, World Press Photo, Alfred I. duPont/Columbia University, Edward R. Murrow, Overseas Press Club and Online Journalism Award among others.  GroundTruth is home to Report for America, which seeks to address a crisis in local journalism in the United States that has become a crisis for our democracy. 

Related projects

Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project, is seeking a Training Coordinator to join us at an incredibly exciting time for program growth. This individual will be responsible for training logistics, as well as managing our online community of corps members and host newsrooms. We’re looking for someone organized and detail-oriented who is drawn to our mission to strengthen communities and democracy through local journalism. Report for America is a national service program that places emerging reporters into local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities.

In June 2020, Report for America will expand from roughly 60 corps members to 250. Our reporters and photojournalists work at newspapers large and small, public radio stations, TV stations, digital publications, wire services and investigative nonprofits. They will be in 163 newsrooms across 46 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. Our Zoom-based calls and training sessions, and our Workplace-based online community, are two key ways we support our corps members and host newsrooms throughout the year. The Training Coordinator would play a critical role in both.

This full-time position can be based remotely, and there would be some benefit to being located in the Central or Mountain Time Zone. As Report for America develops regional hubs, this person may have the option of working out of one of those offices. Our growing leadership team is currently spread across five states and Washington, D.C. and there is a thriving culture of video calls and remote collaboration. The Training Coordinator would report to the Director of Training and Service, who is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

The Training Coordinator’s responsibilities will include: 

Related to training:

  • · Organizing online trainings, including scheduling, reminders, technical logistics 
  • · Supporting the planning and execution of our annual in-person training
  • · Corresponding and coordinating with outside trainers and speakers
  • · Gathering and evaluating feedback on trainings through surveys
  • · Maintaining accurate records, including in spreadsheets and databases 
  • · Hosting/MCing online training calls, which are often in the evening, including monthly calls, typically on the last Sunday of the month.
  • · Managing logistics related to outside training (a second-year benefit for corps members), including registering corps members for conferences, working with our travel agency and tracking spending and reimbursements, as needed.

Related to online community building: 

  • · Engaging with our online community for corps members and host newsrooms
  • · Identifying and sharing resources and opportunities 
  • · Monitoring activity and ensuring that questions get answered 
  • · Onboarding new users, creating new sub-groups as needed and managing permissions

Successful candidates will possess:

  • · Excellent attention to detail and strong writing skills
  • · An interest in journalism, online training and community building
  • · A love of spreadsheets and an ability to learn new systems quickly
  • · An ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a remote position
  • · A problem-solving mindset 
  • · Fluency in Spanish would be a plus

The GroundTruth Project, Inc. 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.

Deadline to apply is March 15. In lieu of sending a cover letter, please apply using the application below.