fellowships offered once a year to professional journalists from
developing countries and emerging markets. Friendly Fellows work full
time at U.S. host news organizations while developing their journalism
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Alfred Friendly Press Fellow Benefits:
and living in another country is a challenge that fellows not only
overcome but embrace. The benefits are personal as well as professional.
Alfred Friendly Fellows learn to:
- Improve skills in gathering information, interviewing and writing.
- Add social perspective to business and political reporting.
- Write more balanced news articles, more polished feature stories and more in-depth analytical pieces.
- Improve written and spoken English.
- Become more vigorous and confident journalists.
- Gain insight into American culture, business and politics.
Participation process of Alfred Friendly Press Fellow.
in the Friendly Fellowship enhances career development at home—future
fellowships, promotions, new jobs, etc. Our fellows have gone on to
become journalism leaders in their newsrooms and around the world.
their time here, our fellows meet a wide range of journalists and
newsmakers. Press Partners staff, Alfred and Jean Friendly Foundation
Board members and the Friendly family are integral to the Friendly
Fellowship experience. These personal ties last a lifetime.
Alfred Friendly Press Fellow Responsibilities:
fellowship is a full-time training experience, and fellows are expected
to conduct themselves in a professional and responsible manner.
work between 35 and 50 hours per week for their U.S. host news
- Outside the newsroom, fellows are expected to give at
least two talks in the community – at local schools, press clubs,
community groups, etc.
- Press Partners also requires fellows to maintain a
fellowship blog, detailing both their personal and professional
Alfred Friendly Press Fellow Eligibility Requirements:
- Journalists who are citizens of Muslim-majority countries;
full-time employment as a journalist for the news or editorial
departments of independent newspapers, magazines, wire services, or
online publications of general public interest;
- At least three years of full-time professional experience as a journalist;
- Early to mid-career status and between 25 and 35 years old;
- A demonstrated personal commitment to a career in journalism;
- Ability and desire to share what is learned on the fellowship with other journalists at home;
- Endorsement from the management of the home news organization;
- An excellent command of both written and spoken English as all activities are conducted in English.
late March, fellows arrive in Columbia Missouri, for an orientation
seminar to prepare them for the challenges of living and working in the
- A major component of the seminar is a refresher
course in American journalism. After writing, reporting, and learning
about style, ethics, libel and the culture of American newsrooms,
fellows leave Missouri better prepared for their fellowship assignments.
cross-cultural adaptation specialist who has worked with Alfred
Friendly Fellows since 1984, discusses what fellows typically experience
during their time in the United States and suggests strategies to
handle the various levels of culture shock most fellows experience.
remainder of the seminar is spent on professional, cultural and social
activities in the United States. Following the orientation seminar,
fellows travel to their host cities to begin their five-month
- In July, fellows and Press Partners staff spend a
week at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. They attend a
three-day computer-assisted reporting course and an intensive three-day
digital workshop. Fellows also spend a day working with our cultural
- A final seminar reunites fellows in
Columbia Missouri, at the end of August for debriefing, a cross-cultural
re-adaptation seminar, a Training-the-Trainers session and their