Host a Journalist
Host a Journalist at Your News Organization
Many of ICFJ’s programs are designed to provide journalists from around the world with opportunities to observe American journalists and their work first-hand. Host news attachments are an integral part of many of these programs, giving both the visiting journalist and the host organization the chance to learn from one another. During a news attachment experience, foreign journalists work with their host organization for two to four weeks to gain an understanding of the working tools of the U.S. media, from hyper-local coverage to investigative reporting to media management. In many cases, the visiting journalists – often from important hot spots like Pakistan or Russia – can report and write for the host organization. They also bring a global perspective that is helpful to U.S. newsrooms.
ICFJ carefully matches the host media organization and the foreign journalist based on the journalist’s interests, and the size and type of the media organization. All expenses are paid by ICFJ.
ICFJ will make arrangements for accommodations, flights and finances. We strive to ensure that most of this logistical burden is handled before the journalist arrives in your newsroom so that both your organization and the journalists themselves can get the most out of the experience.
Host a Journalist in a Homestay
Visiting journalists and hosts get an even richer experience if the journalist is able to stay in the home of a newsroom employee. If this is not possible, ICFJ can arrange a hotel stay.
If you feel your news organization is prepared for the rewarding experience of hosting a foreign journalist or for more information on hosting, please contact Senior Program Director Johanna Carrillo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In Their Own Words:
“We get at least as much from these programs as our visitors do. Our staff needs to be exposed to other ideas, customs and practices which most of them will never have the opportunity to experience. Some of our people have never been outside the United States.”
Jim Peipert, national and foreign editor, Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Texas
“The full benefit of this sort of project comes from what we in the newsroom learn about the journalist’s home country and on that score, you can also take credit for a home run.
Ultimately, I would like to thank you for giving us this opportunity to tap into a perspective on regional politics that was otherwise opaque to us. Kudos to you and the staff at ICFJ for taking care of all the details that allowed this to be a smooth and profitable experience for everyone.”
Jon Greenberg, news director, New Hampshire Public Radio
Q: What is the cost of hosting a journalist at my news organization or in my home?
A: There is no cost associated with hosting a journalist in your newsroom. ICFJ gives visiting journalists money to cover their food, travel, etc. If a staff member chooses to offer a homestay, ICFJ can provide the host a small weekly stipend to cover any expenses, such as utilities, the guest might accrue.
Q: How long will I need to host the journalist?
A: The length of the programs varies, but is usually two to four weeks.
Q: Does it matter if my news organization is not as well known?
A: ICFJ welcomes host news organizations of all sizes, and visiting journalists may learn more at smaller outlets than at more globally known ones.
Q: What am I supposed to teach?
A: The greatest benefit to the visiting journalists is exposure to the standards and techniques of a U.S. newsroom. ICFJ will provide host organizations with a biography of the journalist and a survey of his/her interests. The host organization should set up meetings with appropriate people at the news organization based on those interests. The visiting journalist’s time may be spent shadowing reporters in the field; seeing how the newspaper, broadcast or website is put together on deadline; going out on sales calls with advertising staff; or doing his or her own reporting.
Q: As a host news organization, what should I expect?
A: Before we send you a foreign journalist, he or she will have participated in an ICFJ orientation on the U.S. media system, general ethical principles and, depending on the program, perhaps an intensive course in investigative journalism or multimedia reporting. The journalists are usually very eager to learn from their U.S. colleagues and share their own experiences and skills.
Q: As a homestay host, what should I expect?
A: We hope that homestay hosts will include the visitor for meals and social outings as often as possible; however, they should not feel obligated always to include their guest. The journalists will have a per diem to cover their meals and have been encouraged to socialize with other contacts in addition to their hosts.