225 journalists based in 46 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.
We are made up of talented, service-oriented journalists who serve in under-covered areas, providing Americans with the information they need to improve their communities and hold powerful institutions accountable.
Newsrooms from nearly every state and Puerto Rico are host to our RFA corps members. Beats include Native American communities; climate change; hurricane aftermath; healthcare; prisons and mental health; and more.
Low-income residents have few options for quality dental care, RFA corps member Manuela Tobias reported. Bad teeth mean bad jobs, which propels a cycle of poverty. Read more.
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.
Corps members receive intensive training to prepare them for the year ahead by world-class editors, technologists, academics and other supporters of the future of journalism, plus continued support and mentoring coordinated by the Ground Truth Project throughout their term of service.
To help connect corps members to the community in a different way, our journalists are required to do a direct service project, which often includes middle or high school students. Through these projects, corps members mentor the next generation of journalists—and teach crucial skills and habits for all young people: listening, empathy, open-mindedness and intellectual honesty.
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.”