ASIA MEDIA WRITES: The East-West Center has announced the 2015 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange, scheduled for November 8 – 18, 2015. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Exchange. While Koreans generally have positive feelings toward the United States, Korean media are questioning the Korea-US relationship, suggesting it receives the least US attention among the three Northeast Asian powers – South Korea, Japan and China. This Exchange will provide an opportunity for journalists to look more closely at the US-South Korea military alliance, economic ties, and other aspects of this important bilateral relationship.

The program will take six to seven Korean journalists to the United States and six to seven US journalists to South Korea to meet with government and business leaders, academics, non-governmental organizations, media and other members of the community. The journalists will explore political, economic, social, media, technology and other issues.

Following these study tours, the Korean and American journalists will meet for a final dialogue at the Korea Press Center in Seoul to report on their travel experiences and to exchange opinions on how media coverage of US-Korea issues can be improved. The journalists will also be invited to events marking the 10th anniversary of the Exchange, co-sponsored by the Korea Press Foundation and the US Embassy in Seoul.

We hope you will share this announcement with journalists and newsrooms. Theme: “Bridging the Gaps in Understanding between Korea and the United States” Dates: November 8 – 18, 2015 Korean Destinations: Seoul, Busan, and Jeju US Destinations: Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, California

All participants will meet in Seoul for a one-day concluding program.

Who Can Apply: Working US and Korean print, broadcast and online journalists with a minimum of five years of experience. Application Deadline for US Journalists: Thursday, September 24, 2015 Funding: The 2015 Korea-US Journalists Exchange is funded by the East-West Center, Korea Press Foundation, and Pacific Century Institute.

Sponsors will cover: All international and domestic airfare Ground transportation and airport transfers Lodging in each of the study-tour destinations Program-related meals Cultural activities and networking opportunities Interpretation services during the study tour Application Guidelines for U.S. Journalists Participants are responsible for paying a program fee of $500.00 plus their health insurance and airline baggage charges. Please email inquiries to the East-West Center (journalismfellowship@eastwestcenter.org) or by fax (1-808-944-7600). The EWC contact is Marilyn Li Program Coordinator, East-West Seminars East-West Center 1601 East-West Road Honolulu, HI 96848, USA Phone: 808-944-7682; Fax: 808-944-7600 Email: journalismfellowship@EastWestCenter.org