The World Press Institute (WPI) is inviting entries from journalists to gain access to, engage in and observe the role, responsibility and impact of a free press firsthand in one of the world’s largest, most diverse democracies.
Through an immersive programme, fellows will learn how the U.S. founding principles of a free press and journalistic best practices help foster transparency and accountability of government institutions, businesses and organizations, including the most powerful ones.
In a guided tour across the country, including Chicago, New York City, Miami, Austin (Texas), San Francisco, and more, fellows will meet with and interview subject matter experts in media outlets, think tanks and advocacy organizations. Fellows will hear firsthand accounts of new business models being tested and implemented among national and local media outlets.
They will learn about U.S. history and current affairs, as well as challenges the U.S. media face, while experiencing and reporting on social, economic and political issues.
Fellows will also interact with people from a variety of walks of life and get some free time along the way to explore on their own.
To be eligible, applicants must have at least five years of full-time employment in print, broadcast or online journalism, including: News or editorial departments of newspapers, wire services, radio, television, websites or online publications; photojournalists, editorial cartoonists, columnists and broadcast producers.
Those who supervise journalists are eligible if they also have at least five years as working journalists. Any journalism-related work completed as a university student does not count toward experience. Those who work in public relations or at organizations whose primary business is not the media are not eligible.
Applicants are required to submit the names and email addresses of three professional references who will be contacted by WPI to submit online letters of recommendation. One reference should be a direct supervisor.
Letters must be written in English and address the applicant’s experience, qualifications and potential.
For more information, and to apply, please visit: https://worldpressinstitute.org/fellowships/program-overview/