Apply to our pilot program for experienced journalists!

You’ve accomplished a lot in your long career—and now what? Maybe you dream of going back to your roots: signing on with a local newsroom to bring all your experience to bear reporting on an important subject, long under-covered. Perhaps you are interested in doing some editing and mentoring, too, to help emerging journalists grow and thrive.

In short, if you’re as or more passionate today about journalism as you were when you started—if, like us, you believe local journalism is key to preserving democracy itself—our new pilot is for you.

We’re taking applications now to build an “experienced” corps—journalists with eight or more years on the job interested in working in one of the host newsrooms and beats below. In some cases, the focus will be on your own reporting and mentoring young journalists. In other cases, you may be helping to edit. 

We’re offering this program in response to what we’ve been hearing from newsrooms throughout the country. That is, there’s a crying need for more seasoned reporters and editors in organizations everywhere.  

For host newsrooms we pair with a mid- to late-career journalist, Report for America pays half the salary up to $30,000. (Newsrooms can pay more, but our cap is $30,000.) For early-career reporters, our cap is $25,000. 

For a list of newsrooms interested in interviewing mid- to late-career journalists, see below. For more details, go to our interactive chart here and under skills, select “all experience levels.”

Apply here by Jan. 31.

Jobs for journalists of all experience levels

88.5 WFDD / La Noticia, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, COVID-19 recovery and the Latino community in Forsyth County, NC, Birmingham, Alabama, Child wellness and mental health in Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, Educational opportunity in Birmingham

Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, Phoenix, Arizona, Health care crises on the Arizona-Mexico border and underserved populations across the state

Asbury Park Press, Neptune, New Jersey, Housing shortages and poverty

Baltimore Afro-American, Baltimore, Maryland, Business reporting and Baltimore

Black Voice News, Riverside, California, Black community in the Inland Empire of Southern California (data journalist)

Block Club Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, Chicago South Side neighborhoods

California News Desert & Trust Initiative, Sacramento, California, Local accountability reporting in California’s biggest news deserts

CALmatters, Riverside, California, Poverty and opportunity in the Inland Empire

CapRadio & Sacramento Observer, Sacramento, California, Education in Sacramento area

Carolina Public Press, Asheville, North Carolina, Watchdog labor issues in North Carolina and Appalachia

Centro de Periodismo Investigativo, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Watchdog reporting on hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico

Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago, Illinois, Chicago’s South and West side neighborhoods

Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tennessee, South Memphis

Documented, New York, New York, Immigration enforcement in New York City

El Paso Matters, El Paso, Texas, Status of women in El Paso

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Fairbanks, Alaska, Health care in rural Alaska, Flint, Michigan, Local businesses and nonprofits in Flint, MI

Granite State News Collaborative, Concord, New Hampshire, New Hampshire statehouse and tracking of any racial justice-related legislation

Henrico Citizen, Henrico, Virginia, Education in Henrico County, VA

Herald and News, Klamath Falls, Oregon, A historic dam removal project and other projects

Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaii, Ethnic and cultural affairs on the island

Idaho Statesman, Boise, Idaho, Watchdog education reporting for Idaho

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, Louisville, Kentucky, Youth, social services and legislative accountability in Kentucky

KUCB, Unalaska, Alaska, Regional reporting in the Eastern Aleutians

Lookout Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, Business reporting

Lookout Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, Crime and courts in Santa Cruz

Mahoning Matters, Youngstown, Ohio, Watchdog reporting related to the decline in city services

Maine Monitor (Pine Tree Watch), Augusta, Maine, Statehouse reporting

Maine Public, Portland, Maine, Refugee communities in the state

Marfa Public Radio, Marfa, Texas, U.S.-Mexican border communities

Michigan Chronicle, Detroit, Michigan, Detroit politics, for African-American audiences

Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, Champaign, Illinois, Illinois agribusiness and status of workers

Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Alabama, Alabama’s rural “Black Belt” region

Mountain State Spotlight, Charleston, West Virginia, Watchdog and community reporting in rural West Virginia (two beats)

Mountain Times Publications, Boone, North Carolina, Watchdog environmental reporting in western NC

MPR, St. Paul, Minnesota, Hispanic communities in Minnesota

New Hampshire Public Radio, Concord, New Hampshire, Latino communities in southern NH

New York Amsterdam News, New York, New York, NYC mayor, city council and city agencies

PublicSource, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Race relations in Pittsburgh

Radio Bilingüe, Fresno, California, San Joaquin Valley Latino community

Richland Source, Mansfield, Ohio, Richland, Ashland County and Knox County in Ohio

San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio, Texas, Texas Hill development and drinking water issues

San José Spotlight, San Jose, California, Vietnamese communities and San Jose

Southwest Times Record, Fort Smith, Arkansas, Food insecurity and poverty in Fort Smith, AR

Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon, Agricultural workers and Oregon, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technology and economic development in Pittsburgh’s communities of color

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia, Latino and Asian immigrant communities in Atlanta

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia, Latino and Asian immigrant communities in Atlanta

The Beacon, Kansas City, Missouri, Data reporting on local government

The Beacon, Wichita, Kansas, Four positions covering Kansas

The Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Using public data to identify trends in western MA

The Boston Globe, Boston, Massachusetts, Boston’s Black neighborhoods

The Charlotte Post, Charlotte, North Carolina, Healthcare, African-American community in Charlotte

The Colorado Sun, Denver, Colorado, Visual storytelling around Colorado

The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio, Somali, Bhutanese and other immigrant communities in central Ohio

The Daily Herald, Everett, Washington, Working-class issues, including housing and health care, in Snohomish County

The Haitian Times, Miami, Florida, Haitian community in Miami

The Hastings Banner, Hastings, Michigan, Barry County, Michigan

The News Tribune, in partnership with The Olympian, The Bellingham Herald, and The Tri-City Herald, Tacoma and Tri-Cities, Washington, Indigenous communities and Washington

The Oaklandside, Oakland, California, Health problems from wildfires and COVID in Oakland

The Plug, Atlanta, Georgia, Innovation and start-up initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The Reader – El Perico, Omaha, Nebraska, Latino community Ohama, especially COVID-19 impact

The Riverdale Press, Bronx, New York, Housing in Riverdale, Bronx, NY

The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake County, Utah, Government accountability, West Valley, UT

The St. Louis American/Type Investigations, St. Louis, Missouri, Business reporting and St. Louis Blacks

The Texas Observer, Austin, Texas, Reporter covering indigenous areas

The Texas Observer, Austin, Texas, Photographer covering indigenous areas

The Times-Picayune and The Advocate, New Orleans, Louisiana, Florida parishes

The Times-Picayune and The Advocate, New Orleans, Louisiana, St. Tammany Parish

The Washington Informer, Washington, District of Columbia, Health care in the Black community of DC

Traverse City Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Michigan, Indigenous communities in Northern Michigan, Tucson, Arizona, Government accountability and equity issues in Tucson

Valley News, West Lebanon, New Hampshire, Environment and climate change in the Upper Valley

Valley News, West Lebanon, New Hampshire, General-assignment photography, Burlington, Vermont, Chittenden and Franklin counties, including government and schools

Wausau Pilot & Review, Wausau, Wisconsin, Hmong and other immigrants in Marathon County, WI

WCAI, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Southern MA coastal towns

WFAE, Charlotte, North Carolina, Equity beat

WFYI Public Media, Indianapolis, Indiana, Criminal justice in central Indiana

WNPR, Hartford, Connecticut, Housing in Fairfield County

WPLN / Nashville Public Radio, Nashville, Tennessee, Environmental equity in Nashville

WSKG Public Telecommunications Council, Binghamton, New York, Rural health care in southern NY

WUFT News, Gainesville, Florida, Racial justice in East Gainesville

WyoFile, Lander, Wyoming, Education and schools in Wyoming

Wyoming Public Media, Laramee, Wyoming, Reporting on Wyoming’s Wind River Reservation

WYSO Public Radio, Yellow Springs, Ohio, Food insecurity in southwest Ohio