HONOLULU: East-West Center Announces Pakistan US Journalist Exchange

The East-West Center has announced it is now accepting applications for the 2014 Pakistan-United States Journalists Exchange, March 30-April 19, 2014.

This program, now in its fourth year, is designed to increase and deepen public understanding of the two countries and their important relationship, one that is crucial to regional stability and the global war on terrorism. The year 2014 will be important for the US-Pakistan relationship. Pakistan’s first successful democratic transition in 2013 brought a new government to Pakistan and an invigorated interest on both sides for a fresh start. The two countries must find a way to cope with the significant on-going challenges of terrorism, economic development and regional stability as the US draws down its military presence in Afghanistan.

This study tour offers US and Pakistan journalists an opportunity to gain on-the-ground insights and firsthand information about the countries they visit through meetings with policymakers, government and military officials, members of the business community and civil society, and a diverse group of other community members. All participants will meet at the East-West Center in Hawaii before and after their study tours for dialogues focused on sensitive issues between the two countries, preconceived attitudes among the public and media in both the United States and Pakistan, new perspectives gained through their study tours, and how media coverage between the two countries can be improved. Twelve Pakistani journalists will travel to the United States and ten US journalists will travel to Pakistan. The deadline is October 8, 2013. Apply now!

2014 Pakistan-US Journalists Exchange

Program Dates: March 30-April 19, 2014

Study Tour for Pakistani Journalists: Washington, DC, New York City and Columbia, Missouri

Study Tour for the US Journalists: Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi, Pakistan

Honolulu Program: The program opens and concludes in Honolulu, Hawaii for briefings and dialogue sessions between Pakistani and American participants.

Who Can Apply: Professional print, broadcast (TV and radio), and online journalists in Pakistan and the United States with a minimum of five years of professional experience. Must be citizens of Pakistan or the United States. Pakistani journalists must have no previous experience in the United States, be residing in Pakistan, and be able to communicate in English in a professional, multi-cultural environment. Strong preference will be given to Urdu and regional language media.

Funding: Roundtrip airfare for the study tour travel, lodging, visa expenses and per diem to cover meals and incidentals are provided through a generous grant from the United States Embassy Islamabad Public Affairs Section.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

For more information about the program and how to apply, please visit our website: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/pakistan-us-exchange

East-West Center Contact: Ann Hartman, Coordinator, 1-808-944-7619, hartmana@eastwestcenter.org

The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding between the United States and the nations of the Asia Pacific region through cooperative research, education and professional development programs.


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