METPRO | Los Angeles Times

There are presently no open calls for applications.

Metpro is a unique program started in 1984 to help beginning journalists launch careers and boost diversity at the Los Angeles Times. 

We’re seeking high-potential, highly motivated aspiring journalists with diverse backgrounds or life experiences. The program's main thrust is to provide participants – recent college graduates or journalists with limited professional experience – the training and support necessary to put them on a fast track to success.

Metpro is not an internship but a formal fellowship customized to help trainees realize their goals. The paid, full-time program lasts up to two years and is included in the Los Angeles Times Guild. We accept applications from those eligible to work in the U.S. with up to three years of experience in a professional newsroom or up to five years in media settings such as weeklies and community newsrooms, websites, fellowships or freelance work.  

Each participant can expect: 

          * Formal mentoring

          * Frequent performance evaluations and coaching

          * A grounding in journalism ethics and relevant laws pertaining to libel and privacy

          * An opportunity to cover communities, including cops, courts and city councils

          * A thorough understanding of public records and research tools

          * An opportunity to prepare stories for the web and build digital skills

If you are curious, creative and motivated, if you want to watch history as it unfolds and have a strong desire to be a part of our newsroom, then come join the Metpro graduates who have found success. 

How to Apply

Applicants are required to fill out the form below, complete the writing test and get evaluations from three references. The deadline is Feb. 15, 2020. Finalists will be notified in the spring and the program starts in the fall. 

Reporting Test: Click to access, then download. Further instructions are on the first page.

Evaluation Form: Click to access the form, then download. Send the form to three references, who will return it directly to

Contact Us

Los Angeles Times, 2300 E. Imperial Highway, El Segundo, CA 90245

Angel Jennings | Assistant Managing Editor for Culture and Talent 

Steve Padilla | Metpro Director 

METPRO | Los Angeles Times