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Report for America attempts to revitalize local news by deploying extraordinary emerging journalists. But local journalism will not survive without the involvement—and the leadership—of thousands of established journalists, editors and teachers who have significant experience and wisdom.

We are now issuing a call to experienced reporters, editors and teachers to help revitalize local news by working with emerging journalists and innovative newsrooms. We offer a range of opportunities from short-term volunteer efforts as judges to modestly compensated positions as trainers. All of them are crucially important. 

Judge

Our judges are central to the success of Report for America. We only succeed if we pick great corps members and news organizations—and that will only happen if outstanding judges help us (as they’ve done in the past). Next year we intend to field 300 corps members, and we will need judges to assess both reporters and newsrooms. We expect the time commitment to be roughly seven hours. Newsroom judging will take place mid-September through mid-November. Corps member judging will take place in February and early March. Check out our FAQ for judges.  Interested? Fill out this form.

Mentor

Interested in giving back to journalists covering new and undercovered beats in communities? In our mentorship program, we match highly experienced mentors to corps members who opt in. We want each of our corps members to benefit from the wisdom and guidance of experienced journalists in their beat and/or locale. At a minimum, we ask mentors to make a commitment of at least quarterly check-ins and to actively mentor them during the corps member’s two-year service term.  Interested? Fill out this form.

Trainer

Do you have an idea for a training session, workshop or guest speaker session that would benefit Report for America’s journalists?

 Interested in joining us as a trainer or speaker? Email training@reportforamerica.org or fill out this form.

Fundraiser

For Report for America to achieve its goal of getting an extra 1,000 reporters in the field by 2024, we’ll need to raise the money to make it happen. Interested in establishing or joining a state or regional fundraising committee? Mobilizing these resources yourself? Fill out this form.

Recruiter

Do you enjoy encouraging emerging journalists to pursue the profession? If so, consider representing Report for America at one of our many recruiting functions. It is a great way to help share our mission and develop an emerging pool of talented Report for America journalists. You can refer a journalism candidate to us using our referral form.  To learn about our recruiting events and how to get involved, send us an email at recruitment@reportforamerica.org or fill out this form.

We view the experienced journalists who take on these assignments as ambassadors in a broader sense. For instance, last year our judges played a crucial role in spreading the word to prospective candidates—reaching out to emerging journalists or colleagues in the profession.

The time commitments vary depending on the role. In general, we can use whatever time you can spare. Most of these roles have no financial compensation.