Apply to Host a ‘Report for America’ Journalist

▪︎ DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 ▪︎

Report for America has opened applications for newsrooms to host its fifth class of reporters and editors to be placed in the summer of 2022. One added emphasis for 2022 will be more placements in rural America, where there are numerous true news deserts. 

The application deadline is September 30, 2021, and newsrooms will be publicly announced in December. More information about how the program works can be found here.

While all local news organizations are eligible to apply, Report for America is looking to deepen coverage in rural areas where news holes can be huge. Prospective newsrooms must identify specific gaps in coverage in the community, drawing attention to under-covered communities or issues. For example, Report for America is seeking newsrooms in the Mississippi River Basin that want more coverage of agriculture, water and environmental issues, as part of a new partnership with the University of Missouri. 

Beats to consider can include, but are not limited to: healthcare, education, communities of color, immigration, economic development, local government, religion, obituaries, military and veteran affairs, or even sports reporting. Newsrooms are encouraged to consider hosting multiple journalists. 

About Report for America

Report for America is a national service program that places talented emerging journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered topics and communities. Launched in 2017, Report for America is creating a new, sustainable system that provides 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 journalism organization with an established track record of training and supporting teams of emerging journalists around the world, including the recent launch of Report for the World in partnership with local newsrooms in India and Nigeria.

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