Become a Host Newsroom

We help you bring accountability journalism to news holes you’ve long wanted to plug but haven’t had the resources.

Report for America expands to 200+ newsrooms for 2021

How it Works

We pre-screen emerging journalists who meet your needs, and pay half their salary, up to $25,000. You and local donors split the rest, though we can help you raise the local share. You make the final reporter selection. And they work for you—not us.  

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Frequently Asked Questions

Any news organization that is committed to providing objective, civically important local journalism.  That could include public radio stations, newspapers, digital narrative sites, commercial TV stations, community media centers, or journalism schools providing direct journalism.  The organization can be nonprofit or commercial.

These are the main criteria:

Is there an important need? (Are there under-covered topics, communities or geographic areas?)

What is the beat you’ll create to deploy RFA corps members to help fill your news gap?

Can you provide the local match? (see below)

Do you provide good editing and mentoring?


Other factors include having the following:

  • A way to distribute the content for maximum impact
  • A good plan for assessing success
  • A commitment to trust-building behaviors (transparency of process, transparency of article types)

The application window opens for newsrooms on Monday, July 12, 2021. The deadline is Thursday, September 30. RFA reviewers will assess applications through October and schedule newsroom interviews via Zoom in October and November. We’ll announce winning newsrooms in early December. We’ll then run a competition for corps members. Host newsrooms will select among a slate of candidates we choose, and they’ll start in your newsroom the first week of June 2022.


This term refers to the money you raise in the community to support this reporting position. One of the goals of this program is to encourage local philanthropy to support journalism in a bigger way. We also believe that successful news organizations will have to build stronger community support in general whether its through membership, subscriptions, events or philanthropy. So we strongly encourage news organizations to involve the community to support the RFA corps member.

Anchorage Daily News (Alaska)

The Arizona Republic (Arizona)

Associated Press (Multiple States)

Baltimore Sun (Maryland)

Block Club Chicago (Illinois)

Boise State Public Radio (Idaho) 

Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (Puerto Rico) 

The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina) 

Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tennessee) 

Cincinnati Enquirer (Ohio) 

Dallas Morning News (Texas)

Democrat and Chronicle (New York)

Desert News (California)

Detroit Free Press (Michigan) 

El Nuevo Herald (Florida) 

Forum of Fargo-Moorhead (North Dakota) 

The Haitian Times (new York)

Honolulu Civil Beat (Hawaii) 

Kansas City Star (Missouri)

KUER (Utah) 

Lexington Herald-Leader (Kentucky) 

Long Beach Post (California)

MLK50 (Tennessee)

Mountain State Spotlight (West Virginia)

Pine Tree Watch (Maine)

Sacramento Bee (California) 

Sahan Journal (Minnesota)

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Spectrum News (Multiple States)

Spokesman-Review (Washington) 

St. Louis Public Radio (Illinois) 

The Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico)

The Advocate (Louisiana) 

The City (New York) 

Texas News Hub 

Vermont Public Radio (Vermont)

WCAI (Massachusetts) 

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism 

Yellowstone Public Radio (Wyoming)

Our Newsroom Partners

Participating newsroom partners include nonprofit and for-profit organizations, daily and weekly newspapers, digital only newsrooms, TV and radio stations. They’re in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.


Transformative reporting across the nation

Corps members’ stories hold public officials accountable and reveal the complexity and richness of communities.