Central Asian Journalist-in-Residence Program 2020
Location: Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
Date: April- May 2020
Deadline: November 15, 2019
Details: Journalists-in-Residence participate in intensive month-long work placements at American media organizations in the state of Texas, supplemented by journalism training opportunities at local universities. Through these residencies, Journalists-in-Residence explore the structure and operations of American media outlets and strengthen their understanding of disinformation and source verification. This initiative aims to develop a cross-regional network of Central Asian independent journalists and media organizations. Journalists-in-Residence participate as part of a small cohort, collaborating during their time in the U.S. and upon their return to Central Asia continue to engage with a broader network of regional journalists, including through the GoViral network.
The Central Asian Journalist-in-Residence Program is part of the Central Asian Media Exchange Program (CAMEX) funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by Meridian International Center in partnership with Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC).
- Open to citizens of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, or Uzbekistan
- At least five years of relevant work experience
Successful applicants will demonstrate the following selection criteria:
- Relevant experience and recent work in the field
- Leadership and commitment to career growth, positive attitude, and initiative
- Commitment to develop a network of Central Asian independent journalist and media outlets
- Strong English language skills in speaking, reading, and writing
Applications must be submitted through the online application in English. You can start an application, save your progress, and return to submit it at a later point before the deadline. The application requirements include:
- 3 short essays
- 3 examples of recent work in English. If you do not have examples published in English, please provide a translation and the original work.
- 1 letter of recommendation in English from a current or former supervisor. Letters must be submitted directly from the recommender to Meridian by email; letters submitted by applicants will not be accepted. Applicants are responsible for requesting letters of recommendation and confirming that letters have been submitted. Applications without letters of recommendation will not be considered.