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Fellowship Competition for Mid-career Print Journalists

Applications for the 2006 Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships competition are available online

Posted: June 9, 2005

The Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships (AFPF) has announced the 2006 AFPF Fellowship competition for mid-career print journalists from developing countries. The AFPF is an American non-profit, non-governmental organization that gives developing-world journalists the opportunity to work as reporters in American newsrooms. The program, which runs from March to September, is offered annually to approximately ten professional print journalists between the ages of 25 and 35.


To provide the Fellow with experience in reporting, writing and editing that will enhance future professional performance;

To enable the Fellow to gain a practical understanding of the function and significance of the free press in American society;

To transfer knowledge gained on the program to colleagues at home;

To foster continuing ties between free press institutions and journalists in the United States and their counterparts in other countries.


Current full-time employment as a journalist for the news or editorial departments of independent newspapers, wire services, online publications, or magazines of general public interest in a developing country;

At least three years of professional experience as a journalist in the print/online media;

Citizenship of a developing country;

Early to mid-career status and between 25 and 35 years old;

A demonstrated personal commitment to a career in journalism in a developing country;

Ability and desire to share what is learned on the fellowship with other journalists at home;

Endorsement from the management of the home publication;

An excellent command of both written and spoken English as all activities are conducted in English.

The application deadline is September 1, 2005 for the program that begins in March, 2006.


In the conviction that a strong, free press is essential to the healthy functioning of a democracy, the late Alfred Friendly, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and former managing editor of The Washington Post, conceived a fellowship program that would both impart American journalistic traditions and respond to worldwide interest in the dissemination of fair and accurate news. It was Alfred Friendly’s belief that working side by side with reporters and editors is the best way to absorb the practical realities of journalism in this country and the instrumental role it plays in our society. Therefore, he created the program that bears his name to immerse approximately ten journalists each year for six months in American newsrooms. Between 1984 and 2005, the ALFRED FRIENDLY PRESS FELLOWSHIPS (AFPF) has trained 232 journalists from 74 countries.

The fellowship program begins in March with a two-week orientation seminar in Washington designed to prepare the Fellows – both personally and professionally – for the challenges of living and working in the United States. At the middle of the program, Fellows and staff come together for a week at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida for seminars focused on writing, editing and newsroom coaching. A final seminar in Washington reunites the Fellows and prepares them to train other journalists upon returning to their home countries. It also allows Fellows to compare and evaluate their experiences and discuss their impressions of the American media. Fellows return to their home countries in early September to begin sharing their knowledge and skills with colleagues, editors and publishers in their home newsrooms.

The Fellowship covers all costs of program-related international and domestic U.S. travel, health insurance and provides a monthly stipend to cover basic living expenses. It is highly recommended that Fellows bring additional money with them. The stipend is not sufficient to provide support for spouses or other dependents. We recommend family remain at home for the duration of the fellowships.

For more information about the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships or to download AFPF application material, please visit the website at: http://www.pressfellowships.org/

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