Multimedia Skills Building for Georgian Journalists

We are no longer accepting applications for this program.

Georgian journalists have a chance to travel to the United States next year to hone their multimedia skills and deepen their knowledge of the latest digital trends and tools.

Participants from Georgia attend 2011 ICFJ workshop on using social media to improve reporting, held at the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

Eighteen journalists will be selected for this two-pronged program, which will include a 16-day study tour to four U.S. cities where participants will attend training sessions, meetings and site visits that will expose them to cutting-edge digital tools, skills and methods. The program will begin with an orientation in Washington, D.C. and continue to Silicon Valley; Austin, Texas and New York City.

English language skills are desirable but are not required. Interpretation and translation will be provided for non-English speakers. Following the study tour, participants will return to Georgia, where they will receive two months of online mentoring from seasoned digital journalists who will help participants apply their newly acquired skills in their newsrooms at home. Mentors will guide the participants as they work on content production, audience engagement and innovative business models.

This program aims to deepen the journalists’ understanding and use of trends and tools in multimedia production and audience engagement, and to examine new business models. Participants also will become familiar with the U.S. media landscape and have the opportunity to build connections with their American counterparts.

Journalists, editors or producers employed by print, broadcast or online media may apply. The applicant must demonstrate the use of multimedia practice as part of their professional duties. The program is also open to freelance journalists with a history of publication.

The program is funded by the Public Affairs Sections (PAS) of the United States Embassy in Georgia.

Program Dates:
Tuesday, June 14: Participants arrive in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, June 15 – Saturday, June 18: Participants attend orientation in Washington, D.C.
Sunday, June 19 - June 22: Participants in San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, June 22 - 26: Participants in Austin, TX
Sunday, June 26 - 29: Participants in New York City, NY
Wednesday, June 29: Participants depart back to Georgia

We are no longer accepting applications for this program.