Report for America is a national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities. As a Report for America journalist, you’ll join a movement to strengthen communities — and democracy — through local journalism that is truthful, fearless, fair and smart. Our unique model pairs the skills and passion of emerging reporters, photographers and videographers with local news organizations across the country.
We are made up of talented, service-oriented journalists who serve in under-covered areas, providing citizens with the information they need to improve their communities and hold powerful institutions accountable.
Report for America supports your growth and development as a journalist. Our corps members receive opportunities, support and training through Report for America and our partner newsrooms, helping them develop into experienced reporters.
Report for America corps members cover a variety of beats, including healthcare, energy, statehouse, climate, education, city hall, local business, communities of color, photography and more.
Report for America offers more than 70 training sessions per year from rock-star journalists and other experts, helping corps members sharpen their skills. We also pair you with a national mentor at the top of their game.
K. Sophie Will’s investigation into transportation issues in southern Utah found that Zion National Park was engaged in a losing battle for federal funding to replace aging shuttler buses. Her reporting helped lead to a $33M commitment from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation.
A Louisiana law firm charged Utah’s poorest county $500,000, to lobby against the expansion of Bears Ears National Monument, corps member, Zak Podmore reported after demanding public records. The fees including one $109,500 bill the county was charged—and paid—twice. (Zak got the county a refund.) Read more.
In addition to a robust peer network of corps members who are covering similar beats and living in nearby town, Report for America’s regional managers—deeply experienced, award-winning journalists— are assigned to support every corps member and partner newsroom.
Corps members lead a service project that involves youth media. It’s a great way to inspire the next generation of journalists and become more immersed in your community.
Report for America graduates get hired by their newsrooms or by other regional, national and international outlets. As corps members, they win dozens of state, regional and national awards.
You will work for a local news organization that has competed for the right to host you. Isn’t that flattering? They might be a public radio station, a newspaper, a TV station, a website — really any high-quality local news organization that can put you to great use.
Corps applications for the next reporting cycle will open in December 2020 and will close in January 2021 for the RFA year that begins in June 2021.
The salary is set by the local newsroom, and is equivalent to that of a reporter in your region with your experience level. That varies by region but is usually between $32,000 and $45,000.
You do get to express preferences, though we don’t guarantee you’ll get your top picks. You can also select “send me where I’m most needed.”