Report for America corps member

The GroundTruth Project, Nationwide, United States

Date PostedFebruary 08, 2018
IndustriesNewspapers / Wires, Radio Jobs, Digital Media
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryCompetitive
Websitehttp://www.reportforamerica.org
Description:

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.  

Corps members will be placed in one of these nine extraordinary news organizations. They could be covering inner-city Chicago or the Mississippi Delta or the deserts of New Mexico. The common denominator: these news organizations desperately need help to inform the community and hold institutions accountable.

The deadline to apply is March 23. Winners will be notified in April and hit the ground in June.

FAQs here.  

It is open to anyone who wants to be a local journalist — and has the skills and character to make an immediate difference.  The term is one year but may be extended for a second. (More on the particulars here).  

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 advanced 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.

QUALIFICATIONS

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

TO APPLY

Just follow the instructions here. And if you have any questions, please contact GroundTruth executive editor and Report for America VP Kevin Grant at kgrant@thegroundtruthproject.org.

 

ABOUT REPORT FOR AMERICA & THE GROUNDTRUTH PROJECT
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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