2014 East-West Center’s Pakistan-United States Journalists Exchange

Deadline: October 8, 2013

The East-West Center is pleased to accept applications for the 2014 Pakistan-United States Journalists Exchange taking place at Honolulu, Hawaii from March 30-April 19, 2014. Pakistani and American participants are invited to apply for this unique study tour. The Pakistan-United States Journalists Exchange program is designed to increase and deepen public understanding of the two countries and their important relationship, one that is crucial to regional stability and the global war on terrorism. Twelve Pakistani journalists will travel to the United States and ten U.S. journalists will travel to Pakistan.

This exchange offers U.S. and Pakistani journalists an opportunity to gain firsthand information about the countries they visit to better understand the perspectives of both sides and bring new insights on this changing relationship to their audiences. The program will include meetings with policymakers, government and military officials, business and civil society leaders, and a diverse group of other community members. Journalists will gain a better understanding of regional dynamics, historical context, and regional and domestic realities that affect both countries in the relationship.

Honolulu Program (March 30-April 2, and April 16-19)

The program opens with two-days of briefings and discussions for the Pakistani and American journalists at the East-West Center in Honolulu (March 30-April 2). Journalists will engage in dialogue sessions on the key issues and challenges in the Pakistan-U.S. relationship. After their respective study tour programs, the journalists will return to Honolulu (April 16-18) to share their new perspectives on the relationship and one another’s countries based on their on-the-ground meetings and visits, and will discuss ways to improve media coverage of the issues and of one another’s countries.

Eligibility

  • Professional print, broadcast (TV and radio), and online journalists in Pakistan and the United States with a minimum of five years of professional experience.
  • Must be citizens of Pakistan or the United States.
  • Pakistani journalists must have no previous experience in the United States, be currently residing in Pakistan and be able to communicate in English in a professional, discussion-oriented environment.
  • Preference will be given to Urdu and regional language media and effort will be made to balance regional, gender and broadcast, print and on-line representation.
  • The strongest candidates from both countries will be those who cover the US-Pakistan relationship in their work as reporters, editors, columnists, producers, anchors, etc., or who are in a position to be able to do some stories about the country visited and the issues covered in the program.

Funding: Roundtrip airfare for the study tour travel, lodging, visa expenses and per diem to cover meals and incidentals are provided by the East-West Center through a grant from the United States Embassy Islamabad Public Affairs Section.

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