The International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ) is receiving applications from media professionals from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, and the United States, for a four-part, two-way media program run by ICFJ and funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for journalists from these countries to study and become involved in journalism as it is practiced in each other’s countries. They will also examine the role that journalists play in society and the challenges they face in doing their jobs.
Some key themes of the program include introduction to the United States and its media, the dual nature of US news media, social media strategies, digital tools for African journalists, etc.
The project is a multi-phased, 18 months program for selected 20 African media professionals and 20 of their US peers. Five journalists will be competitively selected from each of the four African countries – Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda for the program. In the spring and fall of 2013, two groups of African journalists will spend approximately four weeks at American media organizations for practical fellowships and related programing. They will then join other Professional Fellows for a three-day Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, DC.
After each visiting group of African journalists, a group of 10 American journalists will travel to the partner African countries to work with the African counterparts. ICFJ expects the US participants to gain appreciation for the countries and everyday lives of their African counterparts, transmit their observations to their audiences, and to cement lasting ties with their African colleagues.
The four African organizations partnering ICFJ on this program are: the Media Foundation for West Africa (Accra, Ghana); the African Media Initiative (Nairobi, Kenya); and the International Press Centre (Lagos, Nigeria).
Applicants will be selected through an open competition in each country and will be based on their professional qualifications, relevant experience, leadership potential and commitment to enhancing mutual understanding between the people of their country and the program partner country.
The deadline for applications for African journalists is January 15, 2013.
Further information about the programme can be obtained from ICFJ’s Johanna Carrillo at email@example.com or Sameen Dadfar at firstname.lastname@example.org. Online application is available at http://www.icfj.org/apply-here-accepting-applications-now-0