Exchange Program for Media Professionals from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and the United States


This 18-month, multi-phase program is for 20 African media professionals and 20 of their U.S. peers. Five journalists will be competitively recruited from each of the four African countries - Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda. In the spring and fall of 2013, two groups of African journalists will spend approximately four weeks at American media organizations for practical fellowships and related programming. They will then join other Professional Fellows for a three-day Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, D.C.

The goal of this program is to provide an opportunity for journalists to study and become involved in journalism as it is practiced in each other’s countries. They will examine the role that journalists play in society and the challenges they face in doing their jobs. Some key themes of the program include the introduction to the United States and its media, the dual nature of U.S. news media, social media strategies, digital tools for African journalists and diversity.

After each visiting group of African journalists, a group of ten American journalists will travel to the partner African countries to work for two weeks with their African counterparts. ICFJ expects the U.S. participants to gain appreciation for the countries and everyday lives of their counterparts, transmit their observations to their audiences and to cement lasting ties with their African colleagues. The African partner organizations are:

The Media Foundation for West Africa (Ghana)

The International Press Centre (Nigeria)

Media Focus on Africa (Kenya)

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. They will also assist ICFJ in the participants’ post-travel activities, including debriefing with PAS.

Applicants will be recruited through an open competition in each country. Selection will be based on their professional qualifications, relevant experience, leadership potential and commitment to enhancing mutual understanding between the people of their country and the program partner country.

Examples of stories, photos and videos created by the first round of African journalists can be seen here. You can also follow the first round of Americans on their blog.

For more information, please contact ICFJ’s Johanna Carrillo at jcarrillo@icfj.org or Sameen Dadfar at sdadfar@icfj.org.