With military veterans working in newsrooms across the country, we work to bring them together in online communities and in-person events that unite these former service members and empower them in their professional journalistic pursuits.
In partnership with seasoned journalists and human resources professionals from across the country, we support military veterans as they navigate their careers in the news industry.
Advocating for Vets
We educate newsrooms and their human resources departments about the need for increasing diversity through higher veteran representation by focusing on the value that they bring to the news industry as a result of their military service.
The United States has been at war for more than 18 years at a cost of more than 7,000 lives, about 50,000 wounded and billions in tax dollars. Yet military veterans are vastly underrepresented in our nation’s newsrooms.
While about 7 percent of Americans have served in the armed forces, only 1.1 percent of media workers are post-9/11 military veterans, according to U.S. Census data.
Veterans bring perspective, nuanced understanding and on-the-ground experience about the military and veteran affairs that ultimately benefits newsrooms and news consumers.
Military Veterans in Journalism believes newsrooms must hire more military veterans. We’re working to get that done.
Apply for Membership
Military veterans working in journalism or aspiring to work in journalism are eligible to become members. Members gain access to our mentorship program, exclusive social media networking groups, résumé assistance and special events.
Volunteer as a Mentor
If you have worked in the journalism field in any capacity (journalist, editor, human resources professional, videographer, etc) for at least three years, you are eligible to become a mentor for military veterans in journalism. (You do not have to be a military veteran.) We will then send you requests to mentor vets depending on your availability. We ask that each mentorship include three in-person or long-distance meetings lasting about an hour each.
Support Military Veterans in Journalism
We travel to newsrooms around the U.S. to talk to industry leaders and human resources departments about how military veterans can benefit their organizations. Contact us to schedule presentations on military veterans’ culture and value, as well as advice on how to best recruit and retain top talent from the veteran community. We are also actively looking for partner organizations to help advance our message and donors to help fund our mission.
Military Veterans in Journalism, Inc., is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record.
Your donation will be dedicated to covering costs for our programs.
All leadership positions are volunteer.