World Affairs Journalism Fellowships

The World Affairs Journalism Fellowships are intended for experienced journalists and editors from America's community-based media outlets. The goal is to give them an opportunity to establish the connections between local-regional issues and what is happening abroad.

Fellows will spend about two weeks reporting overseas in an effort to "internationalize" America's local media. The fellowships are founded on the belief that local news is not limited to one's immediate community and that enterprising reporters and editors can find good international stories in their own backyards.

Our Stories

  • Sep 272010

    Webcam Connects Wheaton Parents with Faraway Sons

    Rosa and Luis Vasquez spend 10 hours a day, six or seven days a week, cleaning apartments and laying carpet to support their three school-age sons. When they return, exhausted, to the cramped two-bedroom apartment in Wheaton they share with a family of four, they ask their boys about their day.

  • Mar 212010

    Sudan's Native Sons Return Home to Help Rebuild Villages

    By Maureen Sieh, 2009 World Affairs Fellow

    Rebecca Nyaluit lost two babies due to a lack of health care in her village in southern Sudan. So when she heard about a new clinic 28 miles away, she knew she had to move.

  • Feb 112010

    Globalization's Final Frontier

    By Krista Kapralos, 2009 World Affairs Fellow

    SEGOU, Mali-- Usually, nothing much changes in this dust-choked West African city. Families live in mud-built huts along the Niger River, where fishermen in paddle-powered boats cast nets for catfish and carp. The weekly market announces itself by sending out a pungent stench, from pile after pile of cured fish.

  • Jan 282010

    Lithium from Bolivia could Reshape Miami and the World

    By Tim Elfrink, 2009 World Affairs Fellow

    Moises Chambi needs only two tools to survive on the world's largest salt flat: a wooden-handled pickax and a shovel beaten into a worn fold. The 23-year-old with sun-darkened skin, prominent cheekbones, and a quick, sarcastic smile grunts softly as he repeatedly slams his ax into the parched earth of Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni. As the sun sinks behind mountains floating over the unbroken white plain, he shovels gleaming chunks of salt into waist-high pyramids to dry.

  • Jan 112010

    Non-Christians Need Not Apply

    By Krista Kapralos, 2009 World Affairs Fellow

    World Vision hires only Christians under its $250 million in US government foreign aid grants. Obama promised to change that. So why hasn't he?


  • Former World Affairs Fellow Johnathan Nelson interviews a woman in Peru. During his fellowship Nelson did a series of stories on the coffee industry, one of the world's largest commodities with over $70 billion in sales annually