Russia-U.S. Young Media Professionals Exchange Program

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) has concluded a two-year initiative – the “Russia-U.S. Young Media Professionals Exchange Program.”

The Young Media Professionals Exchange Program is an outgrowth of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission’s working group on media after talks between President Obama and Russia’s then-President Dmitry Medvedev in 2010. The program offered participating journalists the chance to work in newsrooms and build professional relationships with one another and mutual understanding while dispelling negative stereotypes between their countries.

ICFJ, which implemented the program with a Russian partner, the Moscow Union of Journalists, received a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to support its work in the program. The two partners provided two successful programs for 24 Russian journalists and 24 U.S. journalists.

At the beginning of each exchange, the selected U.S. journalists spent several days meeting officials and media leaders in Moscow, while their Russian counterparts did the same in Washington. They then worked at media organizations for as long as three weeks. Examples of stories, photos and videos created by the first round of journalists can be seen here.

ICFJ selected suitable U.S. news organizations for the Russian journalists, and the Moscow Union of Journalists found media hosts for the American participants.

The Moscow Union of Journalists recruited the Russian participants as well as planned the program for the U.S. participants and covered their expenses in Russia.

The successful rounds of the exchange program took place in November-December 2012 for 12 U.S. journalists and 12 Russian journalists and again in October-November 2013 for an additional 12 U.S. journalists and 12 Russian journalists.

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