Russia-U.S. Young Media Professionals Program


The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) invites young, English-speaking journalists from Russia’s regions to take part in the “Russia-U.S. Young Media Professionals Program.” Eleven journalists, who will be selected in competition, will come to the United States for a program from Feb. 9 to 27, 2015.

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) invites early-career, English-speaking journalists from Russia’s regions to take part in the “Russia-U.S. Young Media Professionals Program.” Eleven journalists, who will be selected in competition, will come to the United States for a program from Feb. 9 to 27, 2015. Applicants must speak English.

The new program is supported with a grant to ICFJ from the U.S. Embassy Moscow, Public Affairs Section.

Last year, ICFJ in cooperation with the Union of Journalists of Moscow, successfully completed a two-year initiative that allowed 24 young Russian journalists and 24 young American journalists to take part in an exchange program in each other’s countries. That program arose from the work of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission’s working group on media. It was supported with a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The new program will build on the successes of the earlier program whose goals were to allow Russian and American journalists to build professional relationships and friendships with one another and mutual understanding while dispelling negative stereotypes between their countries. The journalists accomplished these goals while learning firsthand about the media system of each country, including the ways that digital media are changing the ways that journalists work today.

Because the program will include individual two-week assignments at U.S. media organizations, the Russian journalists must be able to speak English.

Selection will be based on professional qualifications, relevant experience and commitment to enhancing mutual understanding between the people of each country. For more information, please contact ICFJ’s Bob Tinsley at btinsley@icfj.org or Alana Morro at amorro@icfj.org.

Program Schedule

  • Arrival in the United States: Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

  • Orientation in Washington: February 10-12

  • Depart for Internships at U.S. Media: February 12

  • Internships at U.S. Media: February. 12-25

  • Program Wrap-up and Evaluation in Washington: February 25-27

  • Return to Russia: February 27, 2015


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