Metpro is a unique program designed to help beginning journalists launch careers and boost diversity in the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune newsrooms. 

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 program customized to help trainees realize their goals. Each participant can expect:

You can apply directly to the newsroom of your choice. 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 one of our newsrooms, then come join the Metpro graduates who have found success.

The Los Angeles Times has reopened applications for the Data Desk; Multiplatform Desk; and Visualization and Data. The deadline to apply is Sept. 10.

Multiplatform Desk: Please email with your home address to request the copy editing skills test, which will be mailed to you. You do not need to complete the writing test.

Visualizaton and Data: You can email Chris Keller with links to your portfolio or Github account.

Download the application form, the evaluation form and the writing test. (You will need evaluations from three references, and they can be emailed directly.) Please make sure your application packet is complete. A checklist is included in the application form. Mail your packet directly to the newsroom of your choice; we do not accept applications by email. You may apply to both. Please note that the Los Angeles Times also welcomes applications from copy editors, page designers, photographers/visual journalists and interactive graphics/data journalists. Visual journalists should complete the required forms, including the writing test, and submit a portfolio with a minimum of 20 single images and three complete photo stories or multimedia presentations on a DVD, flash drive or through a link to a personal website. 

Download application form

Download evaluation form

Download the writing test

Trouble downloading? E-mail us your address and we'll send the forms.

Chicago Tribune
Tracy Van Moorlehem
Deputy Metro Editor
435 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 222-5577

Los Angeles Times
Tracy Boucher
Director of News Development
2300 E. Imperial Highway, El Segundo, CA 90245
(213) 237-6737

Metpro Site Admin

Photo compilation: Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press