Please apply to become a Student Host for the Edward R. Murrow Program of Journalists

The Grady College will host 13 journalists from English-speaking African countries from Oct. 29 through Nov. 4, 2015, as part of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists, funded by the U. S. Department of State.

This is the seventh consecutive year that Grady has been selected to host the Murrow Fellows, but it is the first in which each Murrow Fellow will be paired with a student host. 

Please consider applying. 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 six journalism and mass communication programs have been selected to host the Murrow Fellows 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

The James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, the international outreach unit of the Grady College, will organize and manage the program for the Murrow Fellows and will select 13 students to become student hosts for this years’ program.

Murrow Student Host Opportunities and Expectations

Murrow Student Hosts will have the opportunity to observe the program for two days, Nov. 2 and 3, including a Fellows – Host dialog session, a lunch with the Fellows, and a reception hosted in honor of the Fellows.

Each Murrow Student Host will be assigned to one Murrow Fellow and will be expected to learn about the media and the country that the assigned Murrow Fellow represents prior to the start of the program. The Murrow Fellows are from the following countries: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Republic of South Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Each Murrow Student Host will be encouraged to produce media materials about the Murrow Fellow and their experience with the Murrow Program. Such materials may include interviews, videos, photojournalism 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 Friday, Oct. 9, 2015.

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

•   Résumé

•   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

Please submit all application materials by email to: Laurie Anglin (ljanglin@uga.edu).

Students selected to be a Murrow Student Host will be notified on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

Date: September 16, 2015
Author:   Lee Becker, lbbecker@uga.edu