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Newsrooms can hire subsidized local religion beat reporters—Sept. 30 deadline

Report for America

NEW YORK — Report for America, a national service program that places talented journalists into local newsrooms, can be used to create local religion beats.

Under the acclaimed program, Report for America typically covers half of the first-year salary and one-third of the second-year salary—and attracts talented reporters through a national competition and search.

The application to become a host newsroom partner is simple: you need to describe the gap in coverage about religion (or other topics). For instance, the Chattanooga Free Press has used the program to hire Wyatt Massey as a religion reporter.

Through Report for America, host newsrooms receive:

  • Service-minded reporters, photographers and videographers
  • Diverse, hand-picked candidates from a pool of emerging and experienced journalists
  • Subsidized salary support
  • Local fundraising coaching and resources
  • Extra training and mentoring for journalists

The application deadline is Sept. 30. More information about how the program works can be found here.

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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