Hands Across the Water: An Opportunity for U.K. Journalists to Report on the U.S. Presidential Election and Political System


“Hands Across the Water: An Opportunity for U.K. Journalists to Report on the U.S. Presidential Election and Political System” is a reporting tour for ten journalists selected from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. The project will take place in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia; Richmond, VA, and Detroit, MI.

British journalists in Washington, D.C., to cover the 2012 Presidential Election.

The participants will have an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the U.S. electoral process, current issues and candidates through meetings, site visits and public and political events as well as reporting opportunities. They will also be share the knowledge of the U.S. electoral process and politics with audiences at home and personalize issues that American voters care about as the U.K. journalists meet and speak with ordinary U.S. citizens. They will make new professional contacts that can help in their future reporting on U.S. affairs and allow them to serve as contacts for their American counterparts.

This program is funded by the U.S. Department of State: U.S. Embassy London.

Program Dates: October 30: Participants arrive in Washington, D.C.
November 1 - 3: Participants attend Orientation in Washington, D.C.
November 4 - 6: Participants report in Richmond, Virginia (capital of battleground state)
November 7 - 9: Participants report in Detroit, Michigan
November 10: Participants leave for the U.K.