THE GROUNDTRUTH PROJECT is an award-winning, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists in the U.S. and around the world.
Our mission is to serve under-covered communities by supporting the next generation of journalists to do on-the-ground reporting and to advance sustainability, innovation and equity in journalism worldwide.
In 2017, GroundTruth launched Report for America, a national service program that places talented emerging journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities. And in 2021, we launched Report for the World with partner newsrooms in India, Nigeria and Brazil.
At the core of what we do is the idea of “ground truth,” which, put simply, means being on the ground to tell the story. The origin of the term comes from NASA, and refers to part of the calibration process used in satellite imagery. When NASA measures something with a satellite, an employee on the ground takes the same measurement. That human measurement is known as “ground truth.”