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 tracy.boucher@latimes.com.


Contact Us

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

Tracy Boucher | Director of News Development
(213) 237-6737
tracy.boucher@latimes.com

Steve Padilla | Metpro Director
(213) 237-5220
steve.padilla@latimes.com 

The Los Angeles Times welcomes applications from aspiring reporters, visual journalists, data and graphics journalists. designers, multiplatform copy editors, podcast producers and digital/audience engagement editors.

How to Apply
Applicants are required to fill out this form, complete the reporting test and get evaluations from three references. 

Reporting Test: Click to access, then download. Further instructions can be found 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 tracy.boucher@latimes.com.


In addition:

  • Reporting applicants: Submit up to 10 work samples via urls or uploads and/or a link to your portfolio. If submitting work with shared bylines, please include a note explaining your role in reporting or writing the article.
  • Visual journalists: Submit a portfolio or links with a minimum of 20 single images and three complete photo stories or multimedia presentations. Materials can also be uploaded.  
  • Graphics/data journalists: Submit a portfolio and/or links to your work and Github account.    
  • Designers: Upload up to 10 work samples and/or submit a portfolio with links to your print and/or web designs.
  • Multiplatform copy editors: Please complete the application, writing test and evaluations. Finalists will be asked to take an additional skills test. 
  • Podcast producers: Upload up to 10 work samples or links and/or submit a portfolio with your podcasts or audio work.
  • Digital/audience engagement editors: Upload up to 10 work samples and links and/or submit a portfolio with links to social media campaigns, digital builds and other applicable work samples.


Contact Us

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

Tracy Boucher | Director of News Development
(213) 237-6737
tracy.boucher@latimes.com

Steve Padilla | Metpro Director
(213) 237-5220
steve.padilla@latimes.com

METPRO | Los Angeles Times