The East-West Center is pleased to announce that they are now accepting applications for the 2015 Senior Journalists Seminar! The East-West Center asks that you both consider and share this opportunity with your network of journalists, particularly those covering such beats as foreign relations, security, politics and religion to apply.
EWC would be particularly grateful if you would disseminate this information via your social media platforms and email to any ART and CULTURE journalists in the United States, Egypt, Iraq, Palestine, Tunisia and/or Turkey that you might know. We have secured outside funding to support TWO American and THREE Middle Eastern ART BEAT journalists.
Thank you so much for your time. Please not hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments you may have regarding the East-West Center or the Senior Journalists Seminar.
Deadline: Tuesday, May 7, 2015
Launched in 2003, the Senior Journalists Seminar (SJS) is a 21-day professional dialogue, study and travel program intended to enhance media coverage and elevate the public debate regarding religion and its role in the public sphere, specifically as it concerns U.S. relations with the Muslim world.
Designed for senior print, radio, broadcast and online journalists from the U.S. and countries with substantial Muslim populations, the seminar offers an opportunity for participating journalists to engage their peers, experts and the public on issues relevant to U.S. relations with the Muslim world including: religiosity, religious diversity and religious freedoms/rights in the United States and Asia; identity, treatment and representation of religious minority groups; the political, economic, educational and cultural role religion plays in societies; initiatives to reduce religious tensions and domestic extremism; and the impact of the media’s coverage of religion on public perception and international relations.
2015 Senior Journalists Seminar
Bridging Gaps in U.S. Relations with the Muslim World
Washington, DC; Nashville, Tennessee; Honolulu, Hawaii; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Delhi, India
August 19 – September 10, 2015
The 2015 Senior Journalists Seminar (2015SJS) will bring together American, Asian, and Middle Eastern journalists for a 21-day professional dialogue, study and travel program to Washington, DC; Nashville, Tennessee; Honolulu, Hawaii; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Delhi, India. The 2015SJS 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 Nashville, journalists will experientially explore America’s multicultural and multi-religious society, the experiences of Muslim-American communities, initiatives bridging faith divides, and how art and pop culture inform audiences about religion. The Honolulu study tour will feature a public reception at Shangri La and participant presentations summarizing religion’s role in their home countries.
Throughout the U.S. study tour, journalists will also consider U.S. political, military and cultural engagement with the Muslim world as well as counterterrorism efforts. Travel to both Kuala Lumpur and Delhi will contextualize and compare religion’s role in the public sphere across the Asia Pacific; provide first-hand exposure to and more nuanced understanding of the diversity of Muslim societies; and build the professional networks of participating journalists.
Experiences will be included in all three countries to deepen journalists’ understanding of Muslim cultures through the arts 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 the Muslim world will also 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 slum tours, it is important to note that the seminar is both mentally and physically challenging. Kindly consider this when applying.
Who Can Apply
Media professionals from print, broadcast and online news organizations, including reporters, writers, editors, producers, columnists, bloggers and editorial writers with a minimum of ten years of experience are eligible to apply. The Senior Journalists Seminar will include 14-16 journalists from the United States and countries with substantial Muslim populations, defined as: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tunisia and Turkey. Successful candidates represent the diversity of religions (e.g. covered and non-covered Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Catholics and Christians), ethnicities, and regional differences within the United States, Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Middle East. Preference is given to those journalists who offer compelling story ideas, clear dissemination strategies and who specialize in beats such as foreign relations, security, politics and religion. American and Middle Eastern journalists who cover arts and culture are also strongly encouraged to apply. Fluency in English is required.
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.
The 2015 Senior Journalists Seminar is funded by the East-West Center, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute and supports the participation of 14-16 journalists from the United States and countries with substantial Muslim populations, as defined above. Valued at approximately USD$10,450 per person, funding includes:
Roundtrip airfare to and from your home country and throughout the study tour
Ground transportation and airport transfers
Lodging in each of the study tour destinations
Provided program meals and a modest per diem to cover meals not provided
Cultural activities and networking opportunities
Interpretation in-country, when necessary
Pro-rated speaker honorariums, cooperating organization costs and meeting rooms
Participant Resource Binder
Seminar DVD of program documents, speaker
PowerPoint presentations and photos
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.
Information and applications: For more information about the program and how to apply, please visit our website: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/seminars-and-journalism-fellowships/journalism-fellowships/senior-journalists-seminar