Report for America corps member

The Telegraph, Macon, Georgia

Date PostedMarch 05, 2018
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
Job StatusFull-time

Are you ready to help save local journalism and strengthen democracy? Report for America deploys talented emerging journalists into local news organizations to report on under-covered communities and crucial issues.

One of nine positions currently available will place a Report for America corps member at The Telegraph, the leading news organization of Macon, Georgia. The Telegraph is part of the McClatchy organization and is a partner in the Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University, which includes Mercer's journalism program and Georgia Public Broadcasting's Macon radio station. CCJ's goal is to train the next generation of watchdog and digitally-focused journalists.

The Telegraph is partnering with the Co/Lab of the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University in a project to promote trust and engagement with readers. The RFA corps member will be a key player in this effort, working with local residents to select issues of significant public interest (including, potentially, health care disparities, blight and poverty) and producing stories and other content on those topics.

The deadline to apply is March 23. Winners will be notified in April and hit the ground in June. The term is one year but may be extended for a second.

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Report for America 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 of Report for America corps members will gather for an intensive training — including advanced use of Google tools (taught by Google News Lab), covering municipal finance, and solutions journalism.

The first three corps members have already deployed in Appalachia, where they’re crushing it.


Report for America corps member positions are 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-covered communities.

This program targets emerging journalists, but is not restrictive of age. Candidates may be right out of school, have a few years of journalism experience or have experience in related fields that lend themselves to strong reporting. We seek candidates who have the analytical skill set to understand and unpack the nuances of pressing issues in the regions where RFA corps member will be working, and the creativity to frame issues with a fresh and socially relevant perspective.

Exceptional writing skills required, and audio, video, data and photography skills will be considered a plus. Successful candidates will demonstrate not only a passion for journalism, but a commitment to public service. Candidates from any part of the United States are welcome. We’ll ensure a diverse team — not only in terms of race, ethnicity and gender but also income, geography, viewpoints and background


Just follow the instructions here. If you have any questions, please contact GroundTruth executive editor and Report for America VP Kevin Grant at


Report for America is the only nonprofit journalism initiative in the U.S. that combines public service with its mission to cover the news. Launched in 2017 and donor-financed, Report for America is creating a new, sustainable system that strengthens communities and journalism. Our mission is to deploy talented, service-oriented journalists into undercovered areas, provide Americans with the information they need to improve their communities, hold powerful institutions accountable, and rebuild trust in the media. Report for America is an initiative of The GroundTruth Project, an award-winning nonprofit media organization with an established track record of training and supporting teams of emerging journalists around the world and in the US.

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