How It Works

Report for America pulls from the best elements of AmeriCorps, Teach for America, the Peace Corps and the nation’s best nonprofit news organizations.

Report for America provides half the cost of the reporter’s annual salary (up to $20,000); the other half comes from a local news organization and local donors. If the corps member continues for a second year, the funding formula shifts so the local news organization pays a somewhat larger share.

The basics

  • The RFA national program recruits and trains talented journalists.
  • Local news organizations apply to receive corps members.
  • The reporters are managed at the local level, with continued support and mentoring from the national RFA.
  • Report for America, the news organization and local donors split the cost.