Report for America announced today that applications are now open for news organizations interested in hosting more than 300 emerging journalists in their newsrooms for up to three years, beginning next June.
Report for America is a national service program that places talented journalists into local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities. The program recruits journalists and pays half the salary, up to $25,000. The other half is split between the host news organization and local donors. Report for America is an initiative of The GroundTruth Project.
“Report for America provides a unique opportunity for newsrooms to bring journalists on staff at a time when the need for local, trusted news is more important than ever,” said Norman Parish, director of recruitment for Report for America. “Through our support, news organizations are better positioned to cover the issues that matter most within their own communities.”
The application deadline is September 30, 2020, and newsrooms will be publicly announced in December. Attentive to the budgeting and fundraising needs of some newsrooms, an early decision will be made for those who apply by Aug. 31. More information about how the program works can be found here.