Monday, 19 July 2010

Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships for Reporters and Editors

Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships

Applications due August 1, 2010.

Each year the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships (AFPF) brings
approximately ten mid-career reporters and editors--usually between
the ages of 25 and 35--to America for a six-month, in-depth, practical
introduction to the professional and ethical standards of the U.S.
print media. Among those who have succeeded are Fellows who have
become top editors and newsroom managers, founders of news outlets and
public relation firms, section heads, bureau chiefs, chief or foreign
correspondents, and university professors. Many have received
Fulbright, Neiman, Reuters and Yale World Fellowships as well as
Chevening Scholarships, and others have received awards, prizes,
overseas assignments and/or found jobs outside of their home country.

Fellows arrive in Washington, DC, for a two-week group orientation
before they start as staff reporters, one per host, in newsrooms
across the United States. Usually assigned to the city desk to cover
local news and features, Fellows may rotate among other
sections--arts, business, editorial features, online, etc. With the
support and commitment of our host publications, Fellows can enter
fully into daily newsroom activities. Guided by talented host
reporters and editors, they are able to learn firsthand the practical
realities and influential role of journalism in this country.

Of the many training programs available to journalists, the Alfred
Friendly Press Fellowships is the only one to offer a non-academic,
long-term, hands-on experience in a single newsroom. The late Alfred
Friendly, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and former managing editor
of The Washington Post, believed that working side by side with
reporters and editors is the best way to absorb the practical
realities of journalism in this country and the instrumental role it
plays in our society.

Alfred Friendly set the following three primary objectives for the
fellowship program:

- Enable Fellows to gain a practical understanding of the function
and significance of the free press in American society.
- Provide Fellows with experience in reporting, writing, and editing
that will enhance future professional performance.
- Foster continuing ties between free press institutions and
journalists in the United States and their counterparts in other countries.

Criteria of Eligibility

- An excellent command of both written and spoken English as all
activities are conducted in English;
- At least three years of professional experience as a journalist in
the print media;
- Current employment as a journalist with an independent print media
organization in the country of citizenship;
- Early to mid-career status;
- A demonstrated personal commitment to a career in journalism in the
home country.

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