Russia-U.S. Journalist Exchange Program’s Recruitment to Reopen

Aug 32012

Program dates have been set, and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) will reopen its recruitment of U.S. journalists to take part in the first round of the Young Media Professionals Exchange Program, a two-year initiative between the United States and Russia. ICFJ’s work in the program is supported with a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

ICFJ will accept applications from U.S. journalists online from Aug. 3 to 10, 2012 here.

The first round of the exchange – for 12 selected U.S. journalists and 12 Russian counterparts – is now set for Nov. 26 to Dec. 20, 2012.

Applicants must be under 30 years of age with at least three years of journalism experience. Strong preference will be given to candidates who speak Russian and English.

The program is an outgrowth of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission’s working group on media. By the program’s end, a total of 48 young journalists – 24 Russians and 24 Americans – will have had the chance to work in newsrooms in each other’s countries while breaking down stereotypes and building understanding.

“This exchange will help establish professional relationships between the young journalists from two nations, both important in the world, yet once dire enemies,” said Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of Knight Foundation, which has awarded a $250,000 grant to ICFJ.

At the beginning of the exchange, Russian journalists will spend several days meeting officials and media leaders in Washington, while their U.S. counterparts do the same in Moscow. They will then work at media organizations for as long as three weeks before returning home.

“Knight Foundation brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge in the best of American media practices and values to the Young Media Professionals Exchange Program,” said Dawn L. McCall, Coordinator, U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs. “The exchange provides opportunities for U.S. and Russian journalists to share experiences and strengthen their journalistic practices, which benefits both our countries.”

ICFJ will coordinate the selection of suitable U.S. news organizations for the Russian journalists, and the Moscow Union of Journalists will find media hosts for the Americans. The Moscow Union of Journalists will plan the program and cover the costs for U.S. participants in Russia.

For more information, contact ICFJ's Robert Tinsley at or Alana Morro at

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