Apply to Become A Student Host for the Edward R. Murrow Program of Journalists
Grady College will host journalists from Near East and North African countries from Nov. 3 through Nov. 9, 2016, as part of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists, funded by the U. S. Department of State.
This is the eighth consecutive year that Grady has been selected to host the Murrow Journalists, and the second year in which each Murrow Journalist will be paired with a student host.
Please consider applying. This is an excellent cultural and outreach experience for Grady students! The process is explained below.
Background of Program
The Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists is a collaboration between the U. S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and select U. S. journalism programs across the country. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has developed the international exchange through the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and has brought more than 1,200 foreign journalists to the United States since 2006.
Only seven journalism and mass communication programs have been selected to host the Murrow Journalists this year. They are:
• Walker Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University
• S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications & Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
• Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia
• School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota
• School of Media and Journalism, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
• Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Oklahoma
• School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies, University of Nevada, Reno
The James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, the international outreach unit of Grady College, will organize and manage the program for the Murrow Journalists and will select the students to become student hosts for this years’ program.
Murrow Student Host Opportunities and Expectations
Murrow Student Hosts will have the opportunity to participate in and observe the program for two days, Nov. 7 and 8, including a Murrow Journalists – Student Host dialog session, a lunch with the Murrow Journalists, and a reception hosted in honor of the Murrow Journalists.
Each Murrow Student Host will be assigned to one Murrow Journalist and will be expected to learn about the media and the country that the assigned Murrow Journalist represents prior to the start of the program. The Murrow Journalists are from the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and West Bank.
Each Murrow Student Host will be encouraged to produce media materials about their Murrow Journalist and their experience with the Murrow Program. Such materials may include interviews, videos, photo-journalism activities, writing blog posts, or other creative journalism channels. The media materials produced may be eligible for publication on the U. S. Department of State’s website with a byline or photo credit being given to the Murrow Student Host.
The Application Requirements and Process
Students interested in applying to become a Murrow Student Host must apply by noon on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016.
All Grady majors or pre-majors are eligible to apply.
While no formal application form exists, those interested in being a Murrow Student Host must provide the following materials:
• First and last name, phone number and email address
• Statement of interest (one to two paragraphs in length)
• Current Grade Point Average
• List of club and association memberships, noting any officer positions
• List of accomplishments, publications, and recognitions
• Acknowledgement of French, Arabic or Hebrew language skills and proficiency (not a requirement though this skill will be an asset in communicating with this year’s Murrow Journalists)
Please submit all application materials by email to: Laurie Anglin, email@example.com.
Students selected to be a Murrow Student Host will be notified on Thursday, October 20, 2016.Date: September 16, 2016
Author: Lee Becker, firstname.lastname@example.org