The Douglas Tweedale Fellowship helps Latin American journalists improve their digital skills in specialty reporting in areas such as immigration, environment, science and technology or business and personal finance, through a three-week long program in the United States.
The fellowship program will begin with a three-day orientation and professional program for the participants in Washington, D.C. The agenda in Washington will focus on the fellows’ specialty reporting areas, including appointments with digital media experts, think tanks and top journalists who cover the issue. The journalists then will depart for a two-week assignment in the newsroom of a Spanish- or English-language media organization in the United States, where they will conduct reporting in the specialty area or will develop the project they proposed when they applied to the program. At the conclusion of the professional newsroom attachments, the fellows will attend the 69th General Assembly of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) from October 18-22 in Denver, Colorado. The assembly will allow them to meet with media owners and editors from the region as well as learn the latest trends in journalism.
Application and selection
The International Center for Journalists will offer the fellowship to two journalists from Latin America to enhance and polish their skills in the United States in the fall of 2013. We will look for early- to mid-career journalists working at independent news organizations, including print, radio, television or online media in Latin America who have an interest in new, digital media. They should be committed to excellent in journalism, journalism in a democratic society, and dedicated to developing strong professional skills. They should outline what specialized topical area of reporting they want to strengthen -- such as business, environmental, health and science -- and what technical skills they want to improve -- such as incorporating video or customizing content for smart phones. Applicants should also propose a project that they wish to develop during the program. This might or might not include a reporting project. Applicants must demonstrate enough proficiency in the English language to function and work in an English language environment even though they will prepare stories in Spanish.
Program dates: October 2-22, 2013
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