Our Correspondent Program

Lead the Conversation & Become a Correspondent

Planet Forward Correspondents post their stories and work closely with staff to highlight compelling characters and innovative ideas, and determine how best to present these stories.

Correspondents’ work is featured on PlanetForward.org, is eligible for our annual Storyfest prize, and may be featured at our annual Summit in Washington, D.C.

Application for the 2024-25 Program are now closed.

Our Correspondent Program

Planet Forward invites you to join our team


You’ll submit 4 stories during the school year, building a portfolio of work. One story will be entered in Storyfest.

Gain exposure as we share your stories on our social networks; you’ll do the same to boost your network.

We’ll stay in touch with calls, conversations and regular editorial meetings.

We’ll get to know and support each other! Work with correspondents across the country.

As a correspondent you will have:

Featured Stories

Have your story featured on PlanetForward.org

Travel Grant

Receive a travel grant to the April Planet Forward Summit at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

VIP Access

Enjoy VIP access at the Planet Forward Summit and other events.

Correspondent Lunch

Attend a private correspondent lunch with former CNN Washington Bureau Chief and Planet Forward Founder Frank Sesno.

Workshop & Opportunities

Access storytelling workshops, leadership opportunities, and mentorship from Planet Forward’s experienced media team.