Report for America is partnering with the Investigative Editing Corps to offer host newsrooms and their corps members editing help for an enterprise or investigative project the newsroom otherwise couldn’t do. We want to help newsrooms do more of the accountability journalism editors believe their communities need, and to mentor reporters in investigative work. There is no cost to newsrooms.

The application is open until February 10, 2023, and projects will be considered on a rolling basis. We urge you to get yours in as soon as possible.

The program works like this: Newsrooms pitch their story idea by completing this application. Then we’ll talk with you. If your proposal is selected, we’ll assign an experienced, investigative editor from the Investigative Editing Corps with deep knowledge of the subject area to work directly with your corps member and other newsroom staffers involved with the project.

Typically, the investigative editor has an initial, in-person meeting with your team. The editor will continue with weekly virtual check-in meetings and other contacts as needed through the reporting, writing and editing process, keeping your editors apprised of all developments. Your newsroom has the ultimate say about this project—you pick the topic, oversee the work, sign off on the project and are ultimately responsible for its publication.

Two of our host newsrooms, The Maine Monitor and KERA/The Texas Newsroom, have participated in this partnership. Their projects can be found here, among others the Investigative Corps has overseen.

Prerequisites:

  • The project must include at least one RFA corps member, and we’ll give priority to corps members in their second or third year. They can be joined by one or more other reporters or staffers from your newsroom, such as a photographer or data journalist.
  • Priority will be given to newsrooms without their own investigative editors or teams.
  • The newsroom must have media liability insurance and must extend it to those working on this project. (We require this insurance of all host newsrooms as part of their RFA contract anyway.)

Questions? Check out our FAQ page here.