Strengthening Professionalism and Investigative Journalism in Africa

A U.S.-Based Exchange Program for Kenyan Journalists


This two-phase exchange program, which started in Kenya, brought a group of four young journalists from selected news organizations to the United States for a four-week program. They attended an orientation in Washington, D.C., and then spent the remaining time working out of U.S. newsrooms.

The program provided participating journalists with the necessary skills to do enterprise news reporting of relevant social issues, as well as how to use the latest digital tools for their work. Through their time working with U.S. journalists, the visiting journalists gained valuable insight into the American media and built long-lasting ties with their American colleagues.

After this first phase, four U.S. leading journalists visited Kenya to build on the mentoring relationship with the participating African journalists that started in the U.S. phase of the program. The American journalists held a series of conferences and small meetings at news organizations and journalism schools in Kenya.

Timeline for the program:
Jan. 1, 2014: Applications due
Mar. 30 - April 4, 2014: Orientation phase in Washington, D.C.
April 4 - Apr. 25, 2014: Attachment phase at U.S. news outlet
June 7 - 14, 2014: Americans travel to Africa

Applications for African journalists are now closed.

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