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


  • 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.

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.


  • 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 


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

 Director of Training and Service

He or she will be responsible for insuring that Report for America provides world-class training and support, both at the beginning of the service term and throughout the experience.


  • Designing and managing annual, in-person training events, working closely with other staff at the GroundTruth Project
  • Managing the system of ongoing support and training throughout the year
  • Developing education-focused partnerships with trade organizations and institutions.
  • Creating and maintaining a network of mentors and coaches
  • Managing the corps members’ community service projects
  • Working closely with the Corps Excellence team to identify and meet the training or support needs of the corps


  • Experience working with young professionals or young journalists
  • Experience with journalism training or education
  • Some experience facilitating distance education / training, a plus
  • Event or conference planning experience, a plus

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.


  • 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.  


  • 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.  


  • 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


  • 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


Report For America


DOWNLOAD a guide to the application (with samples), here.
QUESTIONS? Email RFA National Director Maggie Messitt (

The GroundTruth Project, a dynamic young organization whose mission is to train the next generation of journalists to tell the most important stories of our time, is seeking a Development Officer to support the work of the Chief Executive Officer and GroundTruth’s leadership team.

Since its incorporation as an independent 501(c)(3) organization in mid-2014, GroundTruth has established itself as a leading voice on a range of social justice issues, including climate change, global health, income inequality and international peace and security. GroundTruth has recently launched an ambitious new program called Report for America, which calls upon the next generation of reporters to serve under-covered communities across America by reporting on local issues for local news organizations. Articles about it have already appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post and Chronicle of Philanthropy

Housed within the offices of WGBH in Boston, GroundTruth has a lively headquarters, a prestigious Board of Directors and Advisory Board, a small, talented and dedicated staff, and a timely mission and vision. Its fellowship programs, reporting projects, publishing platforms, and reach have won numerous awards for excellence. It has strong and continuing support from a number of outstanding institutions and foundations, including Knight, MacArthur and Luce foundations as well as Google News Lab, but is in the middle of an aggressive fundraising campaign and entering a period of growth and transformation.

Reporting directly to the CEO and working closely with the GroundTruth team of editors and managers headquartered in Boston and the leadership of Report for America, which is based in New York, the Development Officer (DO) will be responsible for executing on the financial growth strategy that builds on the organization’s early success and ensures its sustainability.  With a focus on major donors and national as well as regional foundations, the DO will be charged with:

  • Identifying potential major donors by conducting research and working with the CEO, RFA President, and members of the Board of Directors to prepare for and follow up on meetings and correspondence;
  • Researching grant opportunities, particularly among regional foundations that can support the Report for America (RFA) initiative.
  • Writing query letters, developing proposals and pitching at donor conferences with input from the editorial staff;
  • Supporting the work of the CEO and RFA President to enable the Board and Advisors to leverage their networks;
  • Helping design and execute events to showcase the organization’s talent and raise visibility and funds (e.g. salons and galas);
  • Maximizing other opportunities, such as Giving Tuesday and dates that are notable for the organization (e.g. World Press Day);
  • Developing and maintaining the systems to support all of these activities.
  • Helping to ensure that existing donors are kept abreast of our progress and maintained well
  • Creation of support materials to help with fundraising

This is an outstanding opportunity for an emerging professional who seeks to make an impact in a small but growing organization, and who shares an interest in education, journalism, civic engagement and the issues GroundTruth addresses. Successful candidates will possess:

  • A minimum of two years of professional work experience in development, outstanding references and a bachelor’s degree
  • A track record of securing support as part of a team or individually
  • Familiarity with the Boston and New York funding communities
  • An ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, startup environment
  • The presence to interface successfully with executives and leaders
  • Outstanding writing skills, knowledge of donor systems, specifically SalesForce, a sense of humor, creativity, flexibility and high standards.

Instead of writing a cover letter, please fill out the form below, which will also allow you to upload your resume. Questions about this position may be directed to Anne O’Brien, Director of Human Resources and Operations,

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.

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.


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.


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:


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 with any questions.