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Spring 2012 Jefferson Fellowships Launched

17/01/2012 16:37

Application for the East-West Center's Spring 2012 Jefferson Fellowships, which provide a three-week seminar and travel program for journalists from Asia Pacific and the United States, is now being accepted.



The fellowship, which aims to deepen participants' knowledge of regional issues will take place from June 3 to June 25, 2012. The fellowship program, which targets working print, broadcast and online journalists in the United States, Asia and the Pacific Islands, with five years of experience, will provide a forum for journalists to share perspectives from their countries and communities and gain broad perspectives on urbanization challenges for the U.S. and Asia. 



Participants will then travel to Singapore, which has developed and implemented some of the world's most advanced solutions to address urbanization challenges such as road congestion, water management and housing, and has positioned itself as a regional hub and “living lab” of urban solutions for high-density and livable cities. In Guangzhou, participants will have a chance to see how China is adapting its existing cities to be more efficient with a new internationally award winning bus rapid transit (BRT) system, by far the largest in Asia and a model for other cities around the world, as well as other efforts to manage migration, pollution and industrialization. Korea is experimenting with “green growth,” setting aggressive low carbon goals, and as the most wired country in the world, is a test bed for new information technologies. Journalists will visit Songdo, an urban laboratory of digital-city innovation providing the focus and investments to re-engineer the way cities work. Companies are investing heavily in “smart cities” and are using Songdo to test new technologies that they hope to employ in cities across the world.



The program will close in Seoul with the special opportunity to participate in the East-West Center's third International Media Conference, June 22-24, on the theme “Networked News: How New Media is Shaping Stories in Asia and the Pacific.” 



The Conference is expected to draw more than 300 media professionals from around the world to engage with leading journalists, analysts, policymakers and one another through keynotes, panel discussions and workshops. Topics will include new media and its impact on journalism, society, and politics across the region, as well as analysis of current security, economic, energy and international relations issues. There also will be a visit to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea.



For application materials and details, contact:  


Ann Hartman

Email: jefferson@eastwestcenter.org



Deadline: February 15, 2012.



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