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Dear news organization,

We’re happy you’re considering applying to be a host newsroom with Report for America. We're a national nonprofit service program for journalism that partners with newsrooms to help cover under-reported topics and under-covered communities. We find talented journalists for newsrooms, pay a portion of their salary for a commitment of two years with an option to renew for a third year, and offer training support. You can learn more details here.

Criteria Important in the Application Review Process: 

NEED Tell us why the beat you're proposing is vital to your audience and to the community. We're particularly interested in important beats that no other newsroom in your area is covering, or covering well. Also, explain the financial need you have to support this position. 

SUPPORT We look for newsrooms where corps members will receive good editing and mentoring, so they can do their best work.

A COMMITMENT TO INCLUSION With our help, many of our host newsrooms are hiring their first journalists in years, and often among their first journalists of color. Newsrooms that demonstrate a commitment to inclusion are important in our selection process.

A COMMITMENT TO FUNDRAISING We believe local philanthropy is key to strong local newsrooms and want to work with partners that believe this, too. To that end, we require that host newsrooms try to raise money from local funders to pay for part of their corps member's salary. Our Local News Sustainability team is ready to help every step of the way. 

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Host newsroom candidates should plan to submit their application on or before the deadline of September 13, 2024 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

This application is for prospective newsrooms applying for new Report for America corps member(s), and current host newsrooms applying for one or more additional corps members. Please fill out only one application, even if you're requesting multiple corps members.

Do not use this form to renew your current corps member; we'll send you separate paperwork for that in early 2025.

QUESTIONS? Email the Recruitment Team at recruitment@reportforamerica.org.


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