United Airlines Renews Support for ICFJ’s Minority Reporting Program

By: ICFJ | 06/15/2016

CHICAGO - United Airlines has renewed its partnership with the Washington, D.C.-based International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) to support the Bringing Home the World: International Reporting Fellowship Program for Minority Journalists. Under the partnership, United will be the sponsoring airline for the third year for several Fellows who will travel to Latin America.

ICFJ has selected 12 Bringing Home the World Fellows for 2016. They represent a variety of news organizations including PBS NewsHour, POLITICO, The Baltimore Sun and Hoy Los Angeles, as well as freelance writers. The journalists, chosen from 70 applicants, will travel to Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Cuba among other countries to produce global stories of importance to their communities.

ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan said, “ICFJ is grateful for United’s support of this program, which brings diverse voices to global news stories and sheds new light on important issues that are underreported.” The Bringing Home the World Fellowship gives U.S.-based minority journalists a rare opportunity to report from overseas and advance their careers. The journalists, who will travel between June and August, will blog about their experiences and share information about their assignments on social media.

To prepare the journalists for their foreign assignments, ICFJ will hold an orientation from June 20-23, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Each Fellow is also paired with a mentor who provides guidance throughout the program.

The 2016 Bringing Home the World Fellowship also is sponsored by the Ford Foundation, the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Fortune Family Foundation.

United in Latin America and the Caribbean

United operates more than 1,000 non-stop flights a week to 61 cities in 29 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean from its U.S. hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C./Dulles. United serves 25 Mexican cities (more than any other airline from the U.S.), 10 cities in Central America, eight cities in South America, and 19 airports in the Caribbean.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,000 flights a day to 336 airports across six continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated more than 1.5 million flights carrying more than 140 million customers. United is proud to have the world’s most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates more than 715 mainline aircraft, and this year, the airline anticipates taking delivery of 21 new Boeing aircraft, including 737 NGs, 787s and 777s. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines. Approximately 86,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.

About ICFJ

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is at the forefront of the news revolution. Our programs empower journalists and engage citizens with new technologies and best practices. ICFJ's networks of reporters and media entrepreneurs are transforming the field. ICFJ believes that better journalism leads to better lives. For more information, go to www.icfj.org.

CONTACT:

  • United Airlines Worldwide Media Relations; 872.825.8640; media.relations@united.com
  • Marcela Masso; 210.277.2913; mmasso@mvculture.com
  • Maite Fernandez; 202.349.7636; mfernandez@icfj.org

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