What is the criteria for reporting corps members?Report for America is open to anyone who wants to be a local journalist — and has the skills and character to make an immediate difference. You’ll be doing important public service journalism in under-served communities around the country. This program targets emerging journalists, but will not be restrictive of age. Some may be right out of school, some with a few years of journalism experience and some with experience in related fields that could make them excellent reporters.
The key criteria: can they have a positive impact in the communities? We’ll ensure a diverse corps — not only in terms of race, ethnicity and gender but also income, geography, viewpoints and background.
The national Report for America recruitment process is highly selective. Emerging journalists apply to the national organization, which will select the finalists with the help of a committee of journalists and community service leaders based on the following criteria:
A) Strength of background in journalism, community service and/or fields including education, technology and military service with relevant skills for reporting.
B) Willingness and ability to work as part of a team and within a community.
C) Enthusiasm about learning new skills and techniques and sharing them with your host newsroom.
D) Commitment to public service through journalism and outside of journalism.