International Center For Journalists

RTDNA is proud to partner with the International Center For Journalists, which coordinates journalist exchange programs and journalism projects across the world. ICFJ works with thousands of journalists to improve their craft and to cover stories of importance in their countries.

Upcoming programs

The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship
American print and broadcast journalists have until March 1, 2014, to apply for a two-month professional exchange program in Germany. Successful applicants will spend August and September living, working and reporting for their home and host news organizations from across the Atlantic.

The Arthur F. Burns Fellowships is a competitive program open to media professionals between the ages of 21 and 37 who are employed by a newspaper, news magazine, broadcast station, news agency or who work freelance and/or online. Participant qualifications also include a demonstrated journalistic talent and a strong interest in European affairs. Foreign language proficiency is an important consideration in the selection process.

Ten U.S. journalists are each granted a $4,000 living stipend while they are abroad, with an additional $1,200 for domestic airfare to Washington and international airfare to Germany. The program also covers lodging in Washington, D.C. for a joint one-week group orientation session in July. Selected Fellows not fluent in German will spend the first two weeks of the Fellowship in intensive German language classes. Expenses will be covered and details will be made available after fellows have been selected.

The program - under patronage by German Ambassador Dr. Peter Ammon in Washington and U.S. Ambassador John B. Emerson in Berlin - is jointly administered by the International Center for Journalists in Washington, D.C. and the Internationale Journalisten-Programme (IJP) in Königstein, Germany.

For more information, including the application form, please visit or contact

Current programs
Current programs already underway include exchanges with journalists from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America.

U.S.- Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism
In Partnership With: United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP)

A three-year, multi-phase program will bring 160 Pakistani media professionals to the United States and send 30 U.S. journalists to Pakistan. Journalists will study each others' cultures as they are immersed in newsrooms in each country. English-speaking Pakistanis will receive four-week internships at U.S. media organizations, and non-English speakers will spend half that time.  Read more

Bringing Home the World Fellowship for Minority Journalists
The International Reporting Fellowship is giving journalists of color the skills they need to become future leaders in the field. They have an unprecedented chance to explore issues beyond U.S. borders, enriching their experience as professional journalists. And they will bring the fresh perspectives needed on foreign affairs, religion and other topics in an increasingly complex world.  Read more

Social Justice Reporting for a Global America
Through this fellowship, U.S.-based journalists gain foreign reporting experience and an opportunity to cover important international social justice issues around the world. While overseas, the Fellows blog about their experiences and also share tidbits about their reporting assignments on social media including Twitter and Facebook.  Read more


Read more about how ICFJ programs have real impact across the world:

How to Overcome the Lack of Health Coverage in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, where journalists usually vie to cover the economy, crime and entertainment, a new collective of 100 journalists and communicators is shining a spotlight on an often-neglected beat: health. Ethiopia’s first organization of health journalists, the Addis Ababa Health Journalists Initiative, formed last month with the goal of boosting the quality and breadth of health coverage in the country.  Read More

Data “Boot Camp” Helps Kenyan Reporter Expose School Sanitation Woes

Irene Choge arrived at the data boot camp with little experience using spreadsheets. But the reporter for NTV in Kenya knew that learning how to use data could help her nail down an important story: why girls in rural school districts started performing badly as they reached adolescence.  Read More

Data Journalism Boosts Voter Registration in Kenya

A small low-cost data journalism experiment in Kenya this week has shown just how useful open data can be to ordinary African citizens.  Read More


ICFJ also operates the International Journalists Network, which provides an online exchange of stories, ideas and strategies.

For more information about upcoming programs and how to apply to be a program participant or host, please visit the ICFJ website.