Bringing Home the World: International Reporting Fellowship Program for Minority Journalists

The Bringing Home the World Fellowship helps U.S.-based minority journalists cover compelling yet under-reported international stories, increasing the diversity of voices in global news. The program helps level the playing field and redress the inequality minority journalists often face by giving them the opportunity to report from overseas and advance their careers.

In previous years, fellows have produced 179 stories, enriching their communities with new perspectives on global issues. Many of the fellows’ stories have been hard-hitting reports that have exposed abuses and corruption, as well as documented the extraordinary lives of unsung people. A quarter of the reporters have won awards for their coverage. Fellows’ stories have appeared in news media ranging from NPR to the Miami Herald to the Daily Beast, with a combined reach of millions of people.

The participants say that this program helps to advance their careers because they have gained international experience and learned new digital skills.

Bringing Home the World Fellow Michelle Kanaar reporting from the Dominican Republic.

Prior to the Fellows overseas travel, ICFJ will hold an orientation during the week of June 5, 2017, in Washington, D.C., to prepare them for their foreign reporting work. Each fellow is also paired with a mentor who provides guidance throughout the program. The Fellows’ depart for their reporting assignments between the months of June and August, depending on the destination and other factors.

Upon their return from abroad, fellows will be expected to complete their stories and publish or broadcast them by December 1, 2017. Their work will then appear in U.S. media outlets, as well as ICFJ's online compendium of fellowship stories.

On March 6th, potential applicants had the opportunity to pose questions to two journalists who participated in previous BHTW Fellowship, Christine Armario of The Associated Press and Eyder Peralta of NPR. Please consult the Q&A chat here and this article includes tips for journalists who are interested in applying.

The 2017 fellowship is sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation. Previous fellowships have been sponsored by United Airlines.

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