Report for America attempts to revitalize local news by deploying extraordinary emerging journalists. But local journalism will not survive without the involvement—and the leadership—of thousands of established journalists, editors and teachers who have significant experience and wisdom.
We are now issuing a call to experienced reporters, editors and teachers to help revitalize local news by working with emerging journalists and innovative newsrooms. We offer a range of opportunities from short-term volunteer efforts as judges to modestly compensated positions as trainers. All of them are crucially important.
We view the experienced journalists who take on these assignments as ambassadors in a broader sense. For instance, last year our judges played a crucial role in spreading the word to prospective candidates—reaching out to emerging journalists or colleagues in the profession.
The time commitments vary depending on the role. In general, we can use whatever time you can spare. Most of these roles have no financial compensation. There are some exceptions. The judges who go beyond application review and do video interviews of finalists get a small stipend. We provide travel expenses for trainers and recruiters. And, of course, swag for everyone.
Our judges are central to the success of Report for America. We only succeed if we pick great corps members and news organizations—and that will only happen if outstanding judges help us (as they’ve done in the past). Next year we intend to field 300 corps members, and we will need judges to assess both reporters and newsrooms. We expect the time commitment to be roughly seven hours. Newsroom judging will take place mid-September through mid-November. Corps member judging will take place in February and early March. Check out our FAQ for judges.
We want each of our corps members to benefit from the wisdom and guidance of an experienced mentor. In some cases, it will be someone who has covered the same beat as the Report for America corps member. In other cases it might be someone who has comparable career experience. And in other cases it might be someone who is in the same state or region as the reporter. We’re asking mentors to make a commitment of at least four calls or meetings per year for one year.
Do you have a special expertise (or background) that would be useful to our corps members or a special sub-section of our corps members (e.g. health care reporters, Native American journalists, etc)? Our training efforts have two main tracks. We gather the entire corps for intensive training at the beginning of each service year, in June. Then we also have monthly virtual gatherings (and some in-person ones). Would you be a good guest speaker? Or a trainer for June, 2021? Some of these are for the full corps, some are for smaller groups.
For Report for America to achieve its goal of getting an extra 1,000 reporters in the field by 2024, we’ll need to raise the money to make it happen. Might you be interested in establishing or joining a state or regional fundraising committee? Mobilizing these resources yourself?
Would you like to represent Report for America in communities or universities near you? Let us know.
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 answer to America’s crisis in local news reporting. This year, we'll field roughly 300 corps members 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.
Recruitment Manager, Report for America
The Recruitment Manager is a full-time, remote position and reports to the Director of Admissions. The Recruitment Manager, in partnership with the Director of Admissions, provides the vision and leadership for all outreach related to cultivating the desired number of newsrooms and corps members each year. This person will develop and execute recruitment strategies that yield the desired results and attract high quality, diverse corps member candidates, newsroom partners and judges.
- Establish relationships with a wide variety of professional journalism organizations, universities, newsrooms and other sources to ensure that RFA attracts newsroom and corps member applicants who are geographically, ethnically and culturally diverse.
- Seek out diverse newsrooms to partner with, including nonprofit and for-profit organizations, ethnic media, and TV, radio, print and digital partners. (Travel is required.)
- Develop and maintain a recruitment calendar for journalism conference attendance for networking and lead generation opportunities with newsrooms and a diverse group of journalists.
- Work with the Director of Admissions to coordinate an annual recruitment plan and calendar in collaboration with the Corps Excellence Team consisting of targeted newsroom outreach and college and university recruitment tactics.
- Identify opportunities and relationships to cultivate an emerging pipeline of future RFA corps members and newsroom partners.
- Work closely with the Director of Admissions and applicable Report for America staff to coordinate and lead the selection process for newsrooms and corps members.
- In partnership with the Director of Admission, develop and maintain a formal referral program for prospective corps members and newsrooms among the RFA family to include current corps members, alumni, RFA mentors, newsroom partners and journalism departments at colleges and universities.
- Host ongoing virtual meetings and information sessions throughout the year with prospective corps members and newsrooms for brand building and lead generation.
- Convey the RFA mission to various groups with passion and sincerity.
- Recruit and maintain a slate of judges to assist with the selection of newsrooms and corps members in the admission process.
- Assist with training for corps members if needed
- Work collaboratively and well with other directors and staffers.
- Other duties as assigned.
Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in journalism, communications or related field with 3-5 years of newsroom experience and developed networks. Recruiting experience is an asset.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or related field; experience working in a newsroom environment; an understanding and knowledge of diverse newsrooms and the journalism industry.
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.