East-West Center Now Accepting Applications for 2020 SJS

Media Release:

ARE you a journalist and love to travel and learn?

Then, here’s for you.

The East-West Center (EWC), based in Honolulu, Hawaii, is now accepting applications for the 2020 Senior Journalists Seminar (SJS).

For this year’s edition of the SJS, the EWC will bring from 10 t0  14 journalists to various countries to an “immersive three-week dialogue, study, and travel program to Washington, DC; Charlotte, North Carolina; Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

EWC Program Coordinator for Seminars Elizabeth “Queen Liz” A. Dorn revealed this in an email to SDN — Science and Digital News.

Dorn said journalists will be able to observe and learn about the Republican National Convention because the Charlotte study is intended to coincide with the political event.

The 2020 SJS will be held from August 10 to September 11.

Applications will be accepted until Thursday, March 12, 2020.

Here’s Dorn’s announcement:

“The 2020 Senior Journalists Seminar will bring together 10-14 multinational journalists for an immersive three week dialogue, study, and travel program to Washington, DC; Charlotte, North Carolina; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Seminar will begin in Washington, DC with an overview of the American political system, including the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, federalism, the separation of powers, and congressional influencers on foreign policymaking. Other foundational sessions will examine the religious make-up, diversity of religious identity, and the prayer and attendance practices of the American public. The Washington, DC study tour will also feature participant presentations summarizing religion’s role in their home countries. In Charlotte, journalists will experientially explore America’s multicultural and multi-religious society, the experiences of minority religious communities, initiatives bridging faith divides, and how religious identity is expressed in the literary, visual, performing, and media arts. As the study tour in Charlotte is intended to coincide with the Republican National Convention, journalists will also have unique access to American voters, including both Trump supporters and opponents.

“Throughout the U.S. study tour, journalists will consider the geopolitical and cultural engagement of the U.S. with Muslim majority regions. Interactive experiences will also be included to deepen journalists’ understanding of Islamic culture through the arts and new media. Travel to Colombo, Sri Lanka and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will contextualize and compare religion’s role in the public sphere across democratic nations; provide first-hand exposure to and more nuanced understanding of the diversity of religious societies; and build the professional networks of participating journalists. Finally, the media’s role in choosing, framing, and disseminating stories with a religious element and its effective shaping of public perception and U.S. relations with the Muslim region will be explored throughout the seminar.

“As the Senior Journalists Seminar requires participating journalists to attend various religious services as respectful observers and includes both high level government meetings and tours of impoverished areas, it is important to note that the seminar is both mentally and physically very challenging.

“Who Can Apply: Media professionals from print, broadcast, online, and multi-media news organizations, including editors, reporters, columnists, editorial writers, producers, bloggers, videographers, and photo journalists with a minimum of ten years of experience are eligible to apply. The Senior Journalists Seminars will include a total of 10-14 journalists from the United States and countries with substantial Muslim populations. Journalists who cover foreign and diplomatic relations, security, military affairs, domestic politics and government, religion, human rights issues, culture, and the arts are eligible. For more information regarding eligibility, please visit the Senior Journalists Seminar webpage.

“The EWC requires journalists to file at least one story or a series of blogs and/or tweets resulting from their participation in the seminar. Journalists must offer specific story ideas and how you will fulfill this requirement in your application.

“Funding:  The 2020 Senior Journalists Seminar is funded by the East-West Center, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute. All participants are responsible for the Senior Journalists Seminar fee of US$800.00, visa fees, health insurance and airline baggage charges. EWC encourages additional participant cost-sharing of programmatic costs and considers cost-sharing in the selection of applicants. For more information about the 2020 Senior Journalists Seminar and for instructions on how to apply, please visit http://www.eastwestcenter.org/senior-journalists.” (EWC)

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