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.
The national Report for America recruitment process will be highly selective and prestigious. Emerging journalists will apply to the national organization, which will select the finalists with the help of a committee of journalists and community service leaders.
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.
Corps members will sign on for one full year of service to a local news organization but host organizations can extend it to a second year if they bear a higher portion of the costs. Corps members will also be doing community service projects — such as helping a local high school start or improve their student run news site or newspaper.
Each selected cohort will gather for an intensive training in reporting, fact checking and verification, audience building and situational awareness from GroundTruth, Google News Lab, Solutions Journalism Network, Reveal News Lab and Global Journalist Security.
A dazzling faculty and mentoring network of some of the nation’s greatest journalists will provide extra support to the reporters.