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The Rebuild Local News Coalition is an effort to shape public policies to build a stronger, more inclusive local news system.  It focuses especially on ensuring that public policy helps locally-grounded newsrooms, including nonprofit, diverse and family-owned news organizations.

The coalition is housed at The GroundTruth Project, and is chaired by Steven Waldman, the President of Report for America, which is also an initiative of the GroundTruth Project.  Report for America is a national service program that places exceptional journalists into local newsrooms to report on under-covered topics and communities.

The coalition includes the premier national organizations representing: nonprofit newsrooms, weeklies, Black newspapers, Hispanic newspapers, independent local news sites, family newspapers, philanthropic institutions and other groups advocating for local news. Together, we represent more than 3,000 local newsrooms.  The Coalition has already produced one of the most comprehensive plans for rebuilding local news, and has advised numerous congressional staff on other ongoing efforts.

The Public Policy Associate will have two roles: providing administrative support to Waldman (in his role as both President of RFA and chair of the coalition) and do research, policy, advocacy, logistical and administrative work on behalf of the coalition.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct research on legislative activities and policies
  • Handle the logistics of coalition meetings and interactions (including Zoom meetings, collective document editing, information sharing)
  • Help coordinate grassroots mobilization
  • Handle scheduling and other administrative tasks for the RFA President/Coalition Chair


  • Degree in public policy or political science, or experience working on Capitol Hill or DC based political advocacy groups
  • Strong communications and writing skills
  • Well organized, strong attention to detail, and strong organizational and logistical skills
  • Knowledge of and passion for journalism and its critical role in democracy.

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.

Interviews will be conducted via video conferencing.

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