Become a Host Newsroom

We help you bring accountability journalism to news holes you’ve long wanted to plug but haven’t had the resources.

How It Works

Newsrooms take the lead on the interview process and you make the final selection. We pay half the salary.  The corps member works for you—not us.

Meet our current partners

We’re currently working with three cohorts of newsrooms. 2021-2023 service years.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Our application newsroom cycle is closed now, but you can apply for our next cycle. Make sure to sign up to receive program updates from us.

These are the main criteria:

Is there an important need? (Are there under-covered topics, communities or geographic areas?)

What is the beat you’ll create to deploy RFA corps members to help fill your news gap?

Can you provide the local match?

Do you provide good editing and mentoring?


Other factors include having the following:

  • A way to distribute the content for maximum impact
  • A good plan for assessing success
  • A commitment to trust-building behaviors (transparency of process, transparency of article types)

We have strict funding guidelines that guarantee our program, including our host newsrooms and corps members, will operate with editorial independence and freedom.