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Macedonia Media Leaders Program 2016 for Journalists & Media Professionals from Macedonia

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Application Deadline: December 18, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EST..

The Macedonia Media Leaders Program (MMLP) is a professional development program for journalists and media professionals from Macedonia. MMLP strives to strengthen media in Macedonia by working with media professionals in fostering leadership skills, developing media professionalism, and expanding professional networks. MMLP is funded by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Skopje.

Project Activities

Media professionals selected for the MMLP will participate in four-month fellowships in the United States. The 2016-2017 program will take place between August and December of 2016, and will include:

Fellowship with U.S. Host Institution:

  • MMLP leaders are carefully matched with a media outlet, nonprofit organization, or other media-focused institution for four months of hands-on experience in the United States.
  • Leaders will support their host institutions in a variety of capacities that match their professional experiences and interests.
  • Examples of MMLP leaders’ responsibilities at host institutions include, but are not limited to supporting the investigative coverage of local news stories, coordinating social media efforts and outreach, producing multimedia content for online media platforms, and conducting media literacy programs for youth.

Media and Leadership Training:

While working with their U.S. host organizations, MMLP leaders engage in a series of media and leadership trainings online and in-person.

Networking Opportunities:

MMLP leaders are provided with opportunities to network with media professionals and media outlets in the United States.

Candidates will be considered without respect to race, color, religion, national origin, or gender.
Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The program is primarily intended for print,
broadcast, and online media professionals (journalists, editors, media administrators, etc.), but
applications from public relations professionals involved with the media may also be taken into
Competition for the Macedonia Media Leaders Program is merit-based and open to any media professional who meets the following criteria:
  • Is a citizen of Macedonia. (U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., and individuals who have applied for U.S. permanent residency in the past three years are not eligible for this program.)
  • Is currently living in Macedonia at the time of application. (Individuals participating in academic, training,or research programs in the United States at the time of application, and individuals residing or working outside their home country at the time of application, are not eligible for this program.)
  • Has at least two years of professional experience as a journalist or media professional at the time of application.
  • Is able to begin the program in the United States in August of 2016, and is committed to returning to Macedonia for a period of two years after completion of the program
  • Is able to receive a U.S. J-1 visa. (Individuals who have participated in an exchange visitor program
    sponsored or funded by the U.S. Government who have not fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement by the time of application are not eligible for this program.)
  • Is proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application. (Note: program finalists wil
    l berequired to take the TOEFL exam or provide IREX with a copy of TOEFL or IELTS results from a test taken within the last five years.
  • J-1 visa support
  • Accident and sickness coverage
  • Round-trip travel from participant’s home city to the U.S.
  • Living allowance to cover housing, meals, and incidentals

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Macedonia Media Leaders Program for Journalists & Media Professionals from Macedonia

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