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

Sponsored by the Ford Foundation and additional funders.

The deadline to apply for the 2014 program has passed. All applicants were notified of their status in April 2014.

Over the years, journalists of color have had few opportunities to work as foreign correspondents. That’s especially the case in today’s media environment, with sharp cutbacks by many news outlets in their international coverage. At the same time, communities of color rarely receive coverage of global issues that directly affect their lives, from the migration of jobs overseas to wars fought by minorities serving in the U.S. military. This program aims to level the playing field, sending well-briefed journalists of color overseas to report on important issues that resonate in their communities.

ICFJ launched the fellowship in late 2010 with eight journalists. Since then, the program has sent an additional 23 journalists on reporting trips around the world.

Prior to the Fellows' overseas travel, ICFJ will hold an intense orientation from June 1-7, 2014, in Washington, D.C., to prepare the them for their foreign reporting work. Each fellow is also paired with a mentor who provides guidance throughout the program. The Fellows’ reporting assignments last up to two weeks, between the months of June and August, depending on the destination and other factors. While overseas, the Fellows blog about their experiences and also share tidbits about their reporting assignments on social media including Twitter and Facebook.

Upon their return from abroad, fellows are expected to complete their stories and publish or broadcast them by October 1, 2014.

The International Reporting Fellowship is giving journalists of color the skills they need to become future leaders in the field. They have an unprecedented chance to explore issues beyond U.S. borders, enriching their experience as professional journalists. And they will bring the fresh perspectives needed on foreign affairs, religion and other topics in an increasingly complex world.

In 2012, ICFJ announced the creation of the Social Justice Reporting for a Global America program, which provides U.S.-based journalists with the opportunity to report abroad as fellows. For more information on the program, click here.

The 2014 fellowship is sponsored by the Ford Foundation with additional funding from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, United Airlines, the Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation, and the Scripps Howard Foundation.

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