OUR VISION

The crisis in journalism has become a crisis for our democracy. 

 

Our mission: To strengthen our communities and our democracy through local journalism that is truthful, fearless, fair and smart

We need a new model that will enhance local media, empower citizens and restore trust in media by developing and sustaining a new wave of journalists to serve local news organizations in under-covered corners of America. 

Think ‘Teach for America’ or 'Code for America' for journalists — a public service program we call Report for America. The initiative, launching in early 2018, draws on successes of national and community service movements, as well as recent innovations in local news. An initiative of the nonprofit media organization The GroundTruth Project, it is structured to harness the skill and idealism of an emerging group of journalists plus the creative spirit of local news organizations. RFA will NOT be government funded. Rather, its unique structure and funding formula will dramatically expand the base of donors supporting local journalism. 

Early supporters include: 
Google News Lab, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, Knight Foundation, Galloway Family Foundation, The Center for Investigative Reporting and Reveal Labs, and Solutions Journalism Network.