New Journalist Exchange Program Announced
Working Group co-chairs Ambassador Mikhail Shvydkoy and Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy Ann Stock opened the second meeting of the Media Sub-Working Group in Moscow on October 3. The event was led by sub-working group heads Mikhail Gusman of the ITAR-TASS News Agency and Dawn McCall, Coordinator of International Information Programs at the Department of State. On October 4 in Moscow, the BPC Media Sub-Working Group announced a new, two-year exchange program that will offer 48 young journalists from Russia and the United States the chance to work in newsrooms and build mutual understanding. The program will be operated by the International Center for Journalists and the Moscow Union of Journalists, with additional funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Media Group held sessions on the Business of Media, the Evolving Practice and Profession of Journalism, and New Media Technologies, and met with journalism students from the Russian State Humanities University. In addition to the new young journalist exchange program, the delegates completed two other joint projects agreed upon in March: a round table discussion on ethics in journalism—with questions from Russian journalism students—and a new online platform, introduced by SocialSphere, that will allow the U.S. and Russian delegates of the Media Group to communicate and work on joint projects online in English and Russian.