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East-West Center Accepting Applications for 2018 Senior Journalists Seminar

15/03/2018 15:56

The East-West Center is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting applications for the 2018 Senior Journalists Seminar! We ask that you both consider and share this announcement via social media, email, and word of mouth with your network of journalists, particularly those covering such beats as foreign and diplomatic relations, security, military affairs, domestic politics or religion. EWC would also be grateful if you would disseminate this information to ART and CULTURE journalists in the United States, Africa, Europe, the Near and Middle East, Southeast Asia, and South Asia.


The 2018 Senior Journalists Seminar (2018SJS) will bring together 12-16 international journalists for an immersive 22-day dialogue, study, and travel program to Washington, DC; Detroit, MI; Honolulu, HI; Yangon, Myanmar; and Tunis, Tunisia. The 2018SJS will begin in Washington, DC with an overview of the American political system, including the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, federalism, the separation of powers, and congressional influencers on foreign policymaking. Other foundational sessions will examine the religious make-up, diversity of religious identity, and the prayer and attendance practices of the American public. In Detroit, journalists will experientially explore America’s multicultural and multi-religious society, the experiences of minority religious communities, initiatives bridging faith divides, and how cultural and religious identity, experience, and diversity is expressed in the literary, visual, performing, and media arts. The Honolulu study tour will feature participant presentations summarizing religion’s role in their home countries. Throughout the U.S. study tour, journalists will consider the political, military, and cultural engagement of the U.S. with Muslim majority regions. Travel to Yangon, Myanmar and Tunis, Tunisia will contextualize and compare religion’s role in the public sphere across democratic nations; provide first-hand exposure to and more nuanced understanding of the diversity of Muslim societies; and build the professional networks of participating journalists. Meetings with government officials and academics in all three countries will explore domestic and international counter-terrorism efforts and opportunities for cooperation. Interactive experiences will also be included to deepen journalists’ understanding of Muslim cultures through the arts, culture, and new media. Finally, the media’s role in choosing, framing, and disseminating stories with a religious element and its effective shaping of public perception and U.S. relations with Muslim majority regions will be explored.
As the Senior Journalists Seminar requires participating journalists to attend various religious services as respectful observers and includes both high level government meetings and tours of impoverished areas, it is important to note that the seminar is both mentally and physically very challenging.
Who Can Apply:  Media professionals from print, broadcast, online, and multi-media news organizations, including editors, reporters, columnists, editorial writers, producers, bloggers, videographers, and photo journalists with a minimum of ten years of experience are eligible to apply. The Senior Journalists Seminars will include a total of 12-16 journalists from the United States and countries with substantial Muslim populations. Of the total journalists selected, SEVEN-ELEVEN will cover foreign and diplomatic relations, security, military affairs, domestic politics and government or religion and FIVE will cover the arts and/or culture, including race and/or minority issues. For more information regarding eligibility, please visit the Senior Journalists Seminar webpage
The EWC requires journalists to file at least one story or a series of blogs and/or tweets resulting from their participation in the seminar. Journalists must offer specific story ideas and how you will fulfill this requirement in your application.
Funding:  The 2018 Senior Journalists Seminar is funded by the East-West Center, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute. All participants are responsible for the Senior Journalists Seminar fee of USD$800.00, visa fees, health insurance and airline baggage charges. EWC encourages additional participant cost-sharing of programmatic costs and considers cost-sharing in the selection of applicants.
For more information about the 2018 Senior Journalists Seminar and for instructions on how to apply, please visit www.eastwestcenter.org/senior-journalists


Application Deadline is Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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