A Digital Path to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Latin America


The 16 Spring 2015 fellows from Latin America at the Washington Post.

We are no longer accepting applications for this program.

This 18-month, multi-phase program is for 28 Latin American professional fellows from Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, and 10 of their U.S. counterparts. ICFJ and its selected partner organizations in each country will recruit professional and citizen journalists, media business managers, digital entrepreneurs and technologists to create media business models that harness the power of digital tools to generate sustainable new revenue. Applicants must be fluent in English.

The fellows will be matched with expert U.S. counterparts at a range of organizations that include traditional media and new digital media start-ups as well as institutions that invent digital tools to pioneer ways to deliver news and information and serve the public interest. Hosts in the past have included organizations such as Mother Jones, Slate Magazine, Fusion, Splash Media, and AJ+. The selected Latin American fellows will complete a month-long program in the United States which begins with an orientation at ICFJ’s headquarters. Each fellow will then participate in a three-week internship at carefully selected U.S. institutions.

This program will immerse the international fellows in the latest that the digital world has to offer as they work to bring their plans to implementation. The fellows will also be exposed to events and opportunities that will allow them to experience U.S. life, spotlighting its diversity. The program will conclude with a three-day Professional Fellows Congresses in Washington, D.C.

The goal of this program is to develop new and effective digital media business models and help the selected fellows to create their own. The program will immerse two groups of 15 selected Latin American professional fellows in the United States and ten U.S. fellows in the participants’ home countries to experience the reality of local life and culture. ICFJ’s partners will assist with participant recruitment, screening, selection and orientation, and will coordinate all activities with the Public Affairs Sections (PAS) of each country's U.S. embassy.

Selection will be based on professional qualifications, relevant experience, leadership potential and commitment to enhancing mutual understanding between the people of their countries.

Program dates for first round of 14 Latin American journalists:
Arrival in the US: May 1, 2016
DC Orientation: May 2-6
Attachment phase: May 7- May 30
Professional Fellows Congress: May 31-June 3
DC Debrief: June 4
Trip for American journalists: August 2016

Program dates for second round of 14 Latin American journalists:
Arrival in the US: October 16, 2016
DC Orientation: October 17-21
Attachment Phase: October 22 - November 14
Professional Fellows Congress- November 15-18, 2016.
DC Debrief: November 19
Trip for American journalists: January 2016

We are no longer accepting applications for this program.

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