Fellowship

Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship 2016/2017 for European Journalists.

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Application Deadline: 0600 CET on June 6, 2016

RFE/RL is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship. The term of the Fellowship is November 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2016/2017 Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship
. The purpose of the Fellowship is to support aspiring journalists from countries lacking media freedom and independence to pursue their profession in support of pluralism. It is inspired by former Czech President Vaclav Havel’s belief in the transformational role of journalism in challenging tyranny.
The Fellowship is a joint initiative of RFE/RL and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
aimed specific ally at strengthening media independence in Eastern Partnership countries and the Russian Federation.
It is generously supported by the Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE97. The program will help position the selected Fellows as standard-bearers of their profession and leaders in their
communities, online, on air, and in the world.

The purpose of the Fellowship is to help aspiring journalists from countries lacking media freedom and independence to pursue their profession in support of pluralism. Applications are accepted from journalists in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation.

Worth:

  • Fellowships are for a term of eight months.
  • Fellows will spend six months at RFE/RL’s headquarters in Prague, where they will be placed with an appropriate language service to receive daily, on-the-job training and mentoring while working alongside RFE/RL’s seasoned professionals
  • For one month before the term in Prague, Fellows will be assigned to a local RFE/RL bureau to gain an understanding of RFE/RL’s local role and editorial practices and meet local staff.
  • Fellows will return to the bureau for the final month of the program.
  • A monthly stipend at the bureau and in Prague , housing, insurance, and travel arrangements to and from Prague shall be provided.
  • The main components of the program are:
1. Professional mentoring alongside RFE/RL’s seasoned professionals
2. Training and development of journalistic skills relating to news gathering, and reporting and digital and
multi-media production.
3. Participation in the daily editorial debates and discussions that inform a professional and independent press.
4. Independent work on a personal project.
5. Understanding of the mission and practice of a free and independent media The Fellowship also features workshops with experts on digital media; roundtables with journalists, civic activists, and policymakers;
visits to local media and news agencies in Prague; and professional development opportunities in the Czech Republic and elsewhere.
Fellows will be expected to represent themselves and the Fellowship, in English, in public events and
discussions relating to media conditions in their country. The Fellowship accepts applications from journalists in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation

Completed applications must be submitted to havelfellowship@rferl.org by 0600 CET on June 6, 2016. Candidates will be informed of their selection by July 8, 2016.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship

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