Emerging Media Leaders

Emerging Media Leaders is a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by ICFJ. This Professional Fellows Program (PFP) is an exchange program for media professionals (journalists, technologists, and media entrepreneurs) from Latin America and the Caribbean to harness the power of digital tools and create viable news businesses that provide news and information in the public interest.

Through the program, media professionals from 21 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean have the opportunity to work directly with U.S. media organizations, develop entrepreneurship projects, and improve their skills in areas such as investigative journalism, fact-checking, and podcasting, as well as non-journalistic skills, such as how to build a sustainable business model.

U.S. media professionals also have the opportunity to do study tours abroad, interact with media outlets throughout the hemisphere, and build lasting relationships with other participants and communities.

 

 The six-week program includes:

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  • One week of orientation led by ICFJ. Fellows receive hands-on training on digital tools and techniques and have opportunities to workshop their project proposals with other media innovators in a safe space for collaboration and learning. The orientation takes place in Washington, DC.
  • Four weeks of professional newsroom embedments. The program pairs fellows with U.S. newsrooms, digital communications firms, startup incubators, based on the fellows’ backgrounds, skills, and project proposals. During the newsroom embedments, fellows will have opportunities to meet and learn from different teams in the newsrooms.
  • Professional Fellows Congress - The congress takes place in Washington, DC and is a great opportunity to network, learn and meet Professional Fellows from different industries and parts of the world.

 

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Program Eligibility

The program is open to young professionals and emerging leaders who:

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✅ Are between the ages of 25 and 40;

✅ Are from one of the 21 eligible countries;

✅ Are citizens or permanent residents of their home country;

✅ Are living and working in their home country at the time of application;

✅ Have at least two years of professional experience at the time of application;

✅ Submit a complete application, with all required documents, by the application deadline; 

✅ Are able to begin the Professional Fellows Program in the United States in 2022/2023; 

✅ Are able to receive a U.S. J-1 visa; 

✅ Are committed to returning to their home country after completion of the program; 

✅ Are proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application.

 

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Program dates for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Latin American fellows:

The selection process for both cohorts (Fall 2022 and Spring 2023) will be conducted together accordingly to the dates below:

  • Recruitment of fellows: April 4 to May 4, 2022
  • Selection of fellows: May 5 to July 1, 2022

 

Fall 2022:

Spring 2023:

  • Arrival in the United States: September 25, 2022
  • Orientation: September 26 to September 30. 2022
  • Newsroom Embedment: October 3 to October 28, 2022
  • Travel to Washington D.C.: October 31, 2022
  • Professional Fellows Congress in DC: October 31 to November 4, 2022
  • Depart the United States: November 4, 2022
  • Program Debrief: November 17, 2022
  • Arrival in the United States: April 29, 2023
  • Orientation: May 1 to May 5, 2023
  • Newsroom Embedment: May 8 to June 2, 2023
  • Travel to Washington D.C.: June 3, 2023
  • Professional Fellows Congress in DC: June 5 to June 9, 2023
  • Depart the United States: June 11, 2023
  • Program Debrief: June 15, 2023


 

Note:

In response to the ongoing global pandemic, the Emerging Media Leaders Professional Fellows program may be offered as a hybrid program with virtual activities leading up to a U.S.-based exchange. Please note: the in-person, U.S.-based exchange is contingent upon favorable travel conditions. In the event there are travel restrictions, or other factors which could adversely impact the health, safety and welfare of program participants, host organizations, and local communities, The Program may postpone or pivot the planned in-person U.S.-based exchange to virtual programming.  Emerging Media Leaders will follow available national and local public health guidance when making decisions related to program activities.

Skills developed in this program:

During the fellowship, journalists are encouraged to develop skills to support their work in a wide range of areas, including:

  • Audience engagement 
  • Data visualization
  • Design thinking
  • Business models
  • Fact-checking
  • Developing a good pitch
  • Investigative reporting
  • Media entrepreneurship in Latin América
  • Online digital security
  • Podcasting
  • Product thinking
  • Storytelling

Latest News

How Media Leaders in Latin America Are Building Stronger Businesses

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April 28, 2022

When Elaine Miranda launched Nicaragua’s first personal finance blog in 2018, she hoped it would help her build up her finance coaching business. But an ICFJ fellowship program helped her realize that her website could become her business.

The program, Emerging Media Leaders, taught her the latest skills in content creation, monetization and business development, connected her with leaders in the field and provided her with a fellowship placement at Mother Jones, where her colleagues showed her how to make better use of social media, Miranda said.

How Media Leaders in Latin America Are Building Stronger Businesses

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April 28, 2022

When Elaine Miranda launched Nicaragua’s first personal finance blog in 2018, she hoped it would help her build up her finance coaching business. But an ICFJ fellowship program helped her realize that her website could become her business.

The program, Emerging Media Leaders, taught her the latest skills in content creation, monetization and business development, connected her with leaders in the field and provided her with a fellowship placement at Mother Jones, where her colleagues showed her how to make better use of social media, Miranda said.

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Contact Info

Paul Rothman
Program Director
prothman@icfj.org  

Renata Salvini
Program Manager
rsalvini@icfj.org

Alexandra Susano
Finance and Logistics Assistant
asusano@icfj.org

This is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government, administered by ICFJ.