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 thorough 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 reporting test and evaluation forms must be downloaded at these links: Reporting Test, Evaluation Form

Contact Us

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

Tracy Boucher | Director of News Development
(213) 237-6737

Steve Padilla | Metpro Director
(213) 237-5220 

METPRO | Los Angeles Times