Fellowship Accepting Entries for Programme on Contemporary Journalism Ethics

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David Goldman
Founder and Chairman of FASPE

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics in Journalism (FASPE) is now accepting entries for its fully-funded two-week summer programme that uses the conduct of journalists in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive study of contemporary journalism ethics.

FASPE Journalism challenges its Fellows to recognize their responsibility to act as ethical leaders in their careers in journalism and the media. The programme begins by examining the actions and choices of German and international journalists in covering and supporting Nazi policies. It then draws on this historical example to help Fellows grasp their role and responsibility as individuals with influence in their communities and to lead them to identify and confront the ethical issues currently facing journalists and media institutions at large.

Each year, FASPE Journalism awards fellowships to between 14 and 16 journalism students and early-career journalists. Fellows spend two weeks in Berlin and Poland, where they visit key sites of Nazi history and participate in daily seminars led by specialized faculty. The programme combines the power of place with academic rigor and many informal opportunities for creative exchange.

It draws on a large pool of applicants, whose diverse backgrounds and interests enrich discussions both inside and outside the seminar room. Journalism Fellows travel with Medical and Seminary Fellows, allowing them to broaden their understanding of the role of professionals over shared meals and activities and in several interdisciplinary seminars. FASPE Fellowships are fully funded so that financial ability does not affect participation.

Interested applicants must be interested in journalism as a career and fit into one of the following two categories: 1) be enrolled in a graduate programme of any kind and planning to work as a journalist; 2) be working as a journalist with an undergraduate degree in any field received between May 2016 and May 2021 or a graduate degree in any field received between May 2020 and January 2022.

The fellowship programme seeks Fellows who are about to embark on their career as professionals, are interested in engaging in discussions with their co-Fellows and faculty, and who have the intellectual and emotional maturity to unpack difficult and controversial issues responsibly and respectfully in small group settings. FASPE selects its Fellows on the basis of their academic background, personal and professional experiences, capacity for leadership and ability to contribute to the program and the alumni community. All applications are welcome and reviewed.

Applications for the programme close on January 2, 2022.

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.faspe-ethics.org/journalism/.