Foundation / Corporation
Report for America (RFA)
Grants to USA and territories public and private local news organizations, including TV and radion stations, newspapers, journalism schools, digital sites, and media centers, to cover salaries for early-career journalists to join the staff. Funding is intended to support local organizations that are committed to providing objective, civically important local journalism. RFA reporters in the field today are covering critically important beats in 49 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam.
Report for America is a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities. An initiative of the nonprofit media organization, The GroundTruth Project, is structured to harness the skills and idealism of an emerging group of journalists plus the creative spirit of local news organizations.
How it Works:
RFA pre-screens emerging journalists who meet your needs, and pays half their salary. The applicant and local donors split the rest, though RFA can help raise the local share. The applicant makes the final reporter selection.
Corps members range from right out of college/grad school, to five to seven years of journalistic experience. The average age of current corps members is 27. RFA tries hard to match the news organization and the beat with a corps member whose experience and skills will allow them to succeed from Day One.
These are the main criteria:
Other factors include having the following:
GrantWatch ID#: 197894
RFA pays 50% of the salary the first year, with a cap of $25,000 for emerging reporters (less than 8 years’ experience) and $30,000 for experienced reporters (those with 8 or more years’ experience.) RFA pays 33% of the salary the second year, and 20% the third year, with no cap.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://reportforamerica.submittable.com/submit/197571/rfa-host-newsroom-application-2022-2023
For questions, email RFA Operations Director David Reed Fox at email@example.com.
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USA Territories: Guam (USA) Puerto Rico (USA)
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