Turkish - Armenian - American Journalist Exchange Program

New Media, New Challenges: Reporting Best Practices for a New Age

ICFJ brought together media professionals from Armenia, Turkey and the United States to introduce to them new skills and help develop professional relationships and partnerships that helped all parties better understand—and work with—one another.

Throughout the course of this multi-phase program, a dozen Armenian and Turkish media professionals paired up to develop cross-border reporting projects. From there they worked alongside one another by participating in U.S.-based internships before participating in conferences in Ankara and Yerevan to help develop to demonstrate best journalistic practices.

By participating in these conferences as well as online courses and international workshops and internships, those selected for the program picked up new skills in investigative journalism and journalism ethics, as well as learned the customs and cultures of one another's homeland to better the quality of their own journalism endeavors.

The program began with a five-week online course, "Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age," which guided 24 selected Armenian and Turkish media professionals as they worked in pairs - one Armenian with one Turk - to develop cross-border reporting projects. The thirteen best journalists, seven Turks and six Armenians, then took part in a four-week, U.S.-based program with media internships as they continued to develop their cross-border projects. The participants were sent to their internships in pairs.

During the program's next phase, an additional 15 of the core group's colleagues in each country, plus six U.S. media professionals who hosted the internships joined the group of 13 for conferences that ICFJ, the core group of participants and ICFJ's local partners organized to demonstrate best journalistic practices. The conferences took place in Ankara and Yerevan.

The conferences were followed by a second online course - in investigative reporting - with the core group and additional English-speaking journalists from both countries.

Our Stories

  • Jul 202011

    Finding Understanding Through Cross-Border Journalism

    It is late evening at a wine bar in Tallahassee, Florida, and two journalists are asking questions of an important local politician. While this is a scene that could have played out anywhere in the world, this was different on a lot of levels. To begin with, the questions were very personal, about the official’s family, and about the generations who have lived away from their Armenian homeland.


  • 08/24/2011