RFA Journalist Application

We are looking for talented, service-oriented journalists who want to serve under-covered areas to provide Americans with the information they need to improve their communities and hold powerful institutions accountable.

Time's running out to apply! Deadline: Jan 31 at 11:59 pm PT


What You’ll Need

Applying is pretty easy if you have a few things lined up in advance:

  • Links to your best work
  • Names and emails of two references (They’ll send letters directly to RFA)
  • A resumé
  • Answers to a few questions

Frequently Asked Questions

You will work for a local news organization that has competed for the right to host you. Isn’t that flattering? They might be a public radio station, a newspaper, a TV station, a website — really any high-quality local news organization that can put you to great use. The first few are in Appalachia.

The application for the 2019 reporting corps is now closed. The 2020 corps application process will open in December and close in January.

The salary is set by the local newsroom, and is usually equivalent to the starting salary. That varies by region but will usually land somewhere between $28,000 and $45,000.

You do get to express preferences, though we don’t guarantee you’ll get your top picks. You can also select “send me where I’m most needed.”