A Digital Path to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Latin America

Applications are due by December 1, 2016. Please click here to apply.

In 2017 the International Center for Journalists will build upon its success with A Digital Path to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Latin America to bring 26 more professional fellows from Brazil, Guatemala, Colombia, Nicaragua, and Honduras to the United States. ICFJ will also send ten more U.S. fellows to Latin America for two-week study tours as part of the exchange.

Two participants pictured during their fellowship at USA Today. Photo courtesy of Celia Camacho.

ICFJ, in close collaboration with the Public Affairs Section of each country’s US Embassy and partner organizations, will select two rounds of 13 professional and citizen journalists, digital entrepreneurs, technologists, and media business managers to train and embed in US digital media organizations. The goal: to create media business models that harness the power of digital tools to generate sustainable revenue so the fellows can launch digital media projects in their own countries. Applicants must be fluent in English.

The selected fellows from Latin America will complete a month-long fellowship in the United States. The program kicks off with an orientation in Washington, DC at ICFJ’s headquarters where fellows will visit digital media organizations, receive hands on training on digital tools, and have the opportunity to workshop their digital media projects with media entrepreneurs. Participants will then be placed in carefully selected media organizations across the United States for four week fellowships. Fellows in the past have been placed with the digital teams of traditional media, digital media startups, and organizations that create digital tools that revolutionize the media industry to serve the public interest. Hosts in the past have included the Washington Post, Mother Jones, AJ+, Fusion, Storyful and the Huffington Post.

The Latin fellows’ program will immerse them in the latest that the digital world offers as they work to bring their plans to implementation during a program with home-stay opportunities to experience U.S. life, spotlighting Americans’ diversity. The fellows will also take part in a three-day Professional Fellows Congress during the last week of the program. The Professional Fellows Congress will connect the participants to professional fellows from around the world and give them the opportunity to continue honing their projects and leadership skills.

Selection will be based on professional qualifications, relevant experience, leadership potential and commitment to enhancing mutual understanding between the people of their countries. Participants with disabilities will be accommodated during the program and are encouraged to apply.

Program dates for first round of 13 Latin American journalists:
Arrival in the United States: April 23, 2017
Orientation: April 24-April 28, 2017
Attachment phase: April 29-May 28, 2017
Professional Fellows Congress: May 29-June 1, 2017
Depart the United States: June 2, 2017

Program dates for second round of 13 Latin American journalists:
Arrival in United States: October 8, 2017
Orientation: October 9-October 13, 2017
Attachment phase: October 14-November 12, 2017
Pro Fellows Congress: November 13-16, 2017
Depart United States: November 17, 2017

Applications are due by December 1, 2016. Please click here to apply.