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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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
- 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.
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.
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: email@example.com
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.