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Published:June 3rd, 2009 19:35 EST

Fellowship for Latin American and Caribbean Journalists

By SOP newswire2

The Washington Post and the Woodrow Wilson Center have announced the continuation and expansion of their program in support of print and online journalists from Latin America and Caribbean nations.

The fellowship provides an opportunity to conduct three weeks of reporting concerning hemispheric relations on an issue of importance to journalists` home countries. The fellowship works as an immersion program in the political culture of the U.S. capital. Five journalists from the region will have the opportunity to develop sources of information, enter into direct contact with public and private institutions, and experience in situ how Washington operates.

The three-week fellowship includes travel and lodging costs, plus a weekly living-expense stipend. Fellows will be given a desk in the newsroom of the Washington Post and access to the newspaper`s reporters, editors, and research staff. The convening institutions will develop a small number of structured activities during the journalists` stay to give them exposure to newsworthy issues and key actors in the policy community. It is a requirement that the employer of the grantee keep him or her on payroll during the period of the fellowship.

A successful proposal would seek to break new ground on issues of local, national or regional importance in Latin America and the Caribbean or in its relationship with the U.S. A goal is to produce completed works for publication in the fellow`s media and in their native language and on the Washington Post Web site.

Applicants must be employed by a print (daily and weekly newspapers, and magazines) or online (no blogs) news media organization that regularly publishes news material and which is owned and operated independently of any government, industry, institution, association, or lobbying organization. Freelance reporters are eligible provided that they have a stable relationship with an eligible news organization and that their main source of earned income comes from their work in journalism. Applicants must have a minimum of four years of journalism experience and a strong knowledge of the English language.

Visit the Woodrow Wilson Center Web site for complete program guidelines.

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