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East-West Center launches 2016 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange

06/05/2016 10:22

The East-West Center announces the 2016 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange, scheduled for July 17–25, 2016. This 10th Exchange marks the continued importance of the Korea-US relationship. With a focus on “Bridging the Gaps in Understanding between the United States and South Korea,” the July program will look at current issues related to US-Korea relations, including the strategic Korea-US military alliance, bilateral trade, and continued North Korea threats. Korean journalists will be in Cleveland, Ohio during the Republican convention for a firsthand look at the US presidential nomination process and American politics. US journalists will learn about Korea’s cutting-edge information technology and social media as well as travel the short distance from Seoul to see the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.
The program will take six Korean journalists to the United States and six US journalists to South Korea to meet with government and business leaders, academics, non-governmental organizations, media, and other members of the community.  Following these study tours, all of the journalists will meet for a final dialogue at the East-West Center in Honolulu to report on their travel experiences and to exchange opinions on how media coverage of US-Korea issues can be improved.


"Bridging the Gaps in Understanding between the United States and South Korea"

July 17 – 25, 2016
Korean Destinations:
Seoul, Busan, and Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea
US Destinations: Washington, D.C. and Cleveland, Ohio
All participants will meet at the East-West Center in Honolulu for a one-day concluding program.

Who Can Apply:
Working US and Korean print, broadcast and online journalists with a minimum of five years of experience.
Application Deadline for
   US Journalists:

Thursday, May 26, 2016


The 2016 Korea-US Journalists Exchange is funded by the East-West Center,
Korea Press Foundation, and Pacific Century Institute. Sponsors will cover:
  • All international and domestic airfare
  • Ground transportation and airport transfers
  • Lodging in each of the study-tour destinations
  • Program-related meals
  • Cultural activities and networking opportunities
  • Interpretation services during the study tour

Application Guidelines for U.S. Journalists

All Korean and US participants are responsible for paying a program fee of $500.00 plus their health insurance and airline baggage charges.

Please email the following application information to the East-West Center (journalismfellowship@eastwestcenter.org) or by fax (1-808-944-7600):

  • Current resume or curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages)
  • Cover letter outlining specific issues of interest and goals you would expect to accomplish
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Completed Application (Please save the PDF file under your name to your hard drive before filling out the form; email it back as an attachment.)

For Korean journalists, please contact the Korea Press Foundation (www.kpf.or.kr)

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