Wednesday, January 19, 2011

[pima.nius] WPI fellowships for journalists... closes Jan 31

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Cut off for WPI fellowships is Jan 31.


The WPI fellowship is offered to 10 journalists from countries around
the world. It provides immersion into the governance, politics,
business, media, journalistic ethics and culture of the United States
for experienced international journalists, through a demanding
schedule of study, travel and interviews throughout the country.

The 2011 program will begin in mid August and end in mid-October. The
fellows will spend a month in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and
then travel to several U.S. cities, including New York and Washington,
D.C., for briefings, interviews and visits. They will returned to
Minnesota for the final week of the program. See the 2010 Schedule for
information on the 2010 fellowship and example of WPI events.

Journalism — in particular, the role and responsibilities of a free
press in a democracy— is the primary focus of the WPI fellowship
program. First-hand knowledge of the complexity and diversity of life
in the U.S. is an equally important goal. Access is the key. Over the
term of the fellowship, WPI fellows gain access to a broad range of
individuals and institutions ranging from the world renowned to the

Since 1961, over 500 journalists from 100 countries have benefited
from the WPI experience.

George BushSelection is a competitive process. Each year hundreds of
journalists apply to the program. Fellows are picked by the WPI
selection committee, composed of journalists and corporate
communications specialists, all with international experience.
Candidates are not considered if their application package is late or

WPI pays all program costs, including transportation to the U.S. and
back, all transportation within the U.S. related to the WPI program,
and all lodging costs. In addition, a modest daily per diem for food
is provided. Personal expenses, such as cameras, film, postage and
clothing, are the responsibility of the fellows.

WPI is committed to achieving racial and gender equity in its
selection of fellows, topics and persons interviewed.

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in a WPI Fellowship. The 2011 fellowship
will begin in mid-August and end in mid-October.

Selection is a competitive process. Each year hundreds of journalists
apply to the program. Fellows are picked by the WPI selection
committee, composed of journalists and corporate communications
specialists, all with international experience.

Finalists for the fellowship will announced in early April. Please
note that due to the number of applications received, we cannot
respond to individual requests as to status. You will receive an email
from WPI sometime in April telling you whether you have received a
fellowship or not.

During this online application process, you will be asked to provide
the following:
• Applicant information
• Employment history and education
• Two essays
• Color photo of yourself
• Work samples
• Awards, fellowships, and certificates
• Three letters of recommendation

Before applying, please review the eligibility requirements, terms of
the fellowship, and the guidelines for work samples, essays and


All required information, including work samples and letters of
recommendation, must be received by the World Press Institute by
January 31, 2011, in order for your application to be considered.

Eligibility Requirements

• At least five (5) years full-time employment in print, broadcast, or
online journalism.

   Journalists can work for news or editorial departments of
newspapers, wire services, radio, television, web sites, online
publications or magazines of general public interest.

   Photojournalists, editorial cartoonists, columnists and broadcast
producers are also eligible.

   Those who supervise journalists are eligible providing that they
also have at least five years as a working journalist.

   Any journalism-related work completed as a university student does
not count toward experience. People who work in public relations or at
organizations whose primary business is not the media are not

• Must be currently employed as a non U.S. journalist working outside
of the United States.

• Fluency in both written and spoken English.

• Potential for leadership

Terms of the Fellowship

WPI fellows are required to prepare for and participate in all
briefings and all other scheduled WPI events. They must agree to stay
for the entire program and to return to their home countries at the
program's conclusion.

WPI requires that fellows write for the WPI Web site, including the
blog, WPI Reports, and submit up to three stories for WPI's online
partners during their fellowship. They are also encouraged to file for
their readers, listeners or viewers back home.

Periodic reviews and evaluations are required, and WPI fellows
participate in several roundtable discussions about their insights
into the U.S. or international journalism issues.

Fellows must have a tolerance for others of different cultures. The
program involves a lot of travel, is nonstop, and fellows live out of
suitcases much of the time as venues change frequently.

Violations of these terms could result in termination from the program

Letters of Recommendation

During the online application process, you will need to provide the
names and email addresses of three (3) references. WPI will contact
them with information on how they can submit online letters of

   * Recommendations should be written by individuals familiar with
your work who can comment on your journalistic abilities and potential
for growth and leadership. These letters should be in English and
address your experience, qualifications, and potential.

   * One of the three recommendation should be from your immediate supervisor.

Work Samples

Please make sure all samples contain the date on which they were
published. Most, if not all, of your samples should have been
published or aired within the last two years.

If your samples are not in English, please include an English summary
of their contents

Work samples can be uploaded with the online application. Files with
the following extensions are accepted: .pdf, .txt, .rtf, .doc. For
photos or other artwork, .jpg/.jpeg, .gif, or .pdf files are accepted.

DVDs, audio/video files, or samples that exist only on paper and that
cannot be converted to digital form can be sent to the address below.
Please note that samples cannot be returned.

   World Press Institute
   3415 University Avenue
   St. Paul, MN 55114 USA

1. Print Journalists

   * Writers: Submit three (3) samples of published work that has your byline.

   * Editors: Submit a statement describing your job. You may include
copies of published work along with a description of your role in
these samples. For published work, follow the instructions above.

   * Photographers: Submit a portfolio with five (5) published
samples. Files with the following extensions are accepted: jpg/jpeg,
gif, or pdf.

   * Do not send complete newspapers, magazines, books, or
unpublished manuscripts.

2. Broadcast Journalists

   * Submit a DVD or CD with no more than 30 minutes of work. Include
a written synopsis of each work with a brief description of your

3. Online Journalists

   * Submit samples equivalent to three (3) print articles or 30
minutes of programming. You can submit your work by providing a link
if the segment is still online. Also include what your involvement was
with each sample.

   * Your samples must be journalistic in nature and demonstrate that
your job involves news gathering, writing, editing, or producing.


Two essays are required as part of the online application. They are:

1. Please describe your professional goals and achievements (in 200-500 words):

2. Why are you seeking a WPI Fellowship? What do you expect to gain?
What do you expect to contribute? (200-500 words):

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