Washington -- A new public-private partnership
will enable up to 100 foreign journalists to study and examine
U.S. journalistic practices, Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice announced December 13.
Secretary Rice announces the Launch of Partnership
for International Journalism Program on Tuesday,
December 13, 2005, in the Benjamin Franklin
Room of the U.S. Department of State.
The Edward R. Murrow Journalism Program
will engage overseas media professionals with their American
peers through seminars at six leading U.S. journalism schools,
visits to state capitals and an International Symposium
for Journalists, hosted by the Colorado-based, nonprofit
Rice said the program will emphasize the
journalistic values -- "integrity and ethics and courage
and social responsibility" -- practiced by Murrow,
a leading broadcast journalist from 1935 to 1960, and head
of the United States Information Agency from 1961 to 1963.
"We all know," Rice added, "that
the bedrock pillar of a free society is a free press and
that it is crucial for the foundation of any democracy."
Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy
and Public Affairs Karen Hughes praised the Murrow Program
for addressing the new challenges facing U.S. public diplomacy.
During the Cold War, Hughes said, the nation’s
public diplomats worked to inject information into closed
societies. Today, with information more readily available,
there is a greater need to help foreign journalists hone
their skills, and to afford them the opportunity to travel
in the United States and meet individual Americans, she
Geoffrey Cowen, dean of the University of
Southern California Annenberg School for Communication,
a Murrow partner institution, echoed Hughes’ remarks,
stressing the need for well-trained journalists in an era
where, more than ever, people and nations need better understanding
of other cultures.
Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson
suggested that the Murrow Program successfully would weave
together American interests and ideals in the fashion of
the 1948–1951 U.S. Marshall Plan for the reconstruction
of Europe after World War II.
The State Department’s Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs (ECA), which administers the program,
anticipates the arrival of the first Murrow Program participants
in April 2006.
The Edward R. Murrow Journalism Program
was developed by ECA as part of its International Visitor
Partner institutions include the journalism
schools at the universities of Oklahoma; Texas (Austin);
Minnesota; North Carolina (Chapel Hill); Kentucky and Southern
California. The Aspen Institute was founded in 1950 to foster
enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue through
seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development
information on the ECA International Visitor Leadership
Program is available on the State Department Web site.
Michael Jay Friedman
Washington File Staff Writer
Following is a transcript of Secretary Rice's
STATEMENT BY SECRETARY CONDOLEEZZA RICE
The Benjamin Franklin Room
December 13, 2005
Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you.
Before I welcome our visitors and talk a little bit about
this remarkable program, I'd like to make a brief statement
concerning events in Lebanon.
Yesterday, the Lebanese journalist, Gebran
Tueni, a brave voice for press freedom and for Lebanon's
liberation from foreign domination, was murdered in a cowardly
fashion in Beirut. Today, I want to express my condolences
to the family and friends of Mr. Tueni and express America's
continued support for the democratic aspirations of the
Lebanese people. We know that An-Nahar newspaper as well
as the brave citizens of Lebanon will continue this struggle.
We know that they know that the United States stands clearly
and forcefully with the Lebanese people and that the international
community must do so as well.
Today, I'm pleased to announce the launch
of an innovative State Department exchange program for international
journalists. I'm particularly honored to be a part of this
launch. And as Dina just revealed, I was indeed an intern
in Educational and Cultural Affairs in 1977 when many of
the people that we all teach were not even alive. (Laughter.)
In April 2006, the Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs and the Aspen Institute and six leading
American universities will begin working together to promote
journalistic excellence around the world. Our Edward R.
Murrow Journalism Fellows Program will invite 100 international
media professionals to engage with journalists and participate
in leading journalism schools here in the United States.
Named after the renowned journalist and
former director of the United States Information Agency,
Edward R. Murrow, this program emphasizes many of the democratic
principles that guided Mr. Murrow's practice of his craft:
integrity and ethics and courage and social responsibility.
We all know that the bedrock pillar of a free society is
a free press and that it is crucial for the foundation of
Our new journalism program is an innovative
public-private partnership, led by the State Department's
International Visitor Leadership Program and supported by
seven important partners and they are all represented here
today, and I want to thank them very much.
I especially want to thank and recognize
Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute and also Geoff Cowan
of USC for your tremendous leadership. I'm tempted at this
point to note that here on the stage we have the BCS match-up
-- (laughter) -- the University of Texas and USC -- but
I think I'll pass on that for now and move back to the program.
The universities that are gathered here
are going to conduct academic seminars on journalistic principles
to be enhanced by opportunities for the international journalists
to observe the U.S. press in action. The Aspen Institute
will organize an international symposium for journalists,
highlighting curriculum and trends that challenge journalists
here in this contemporary circumstance and that are facing
media here in America and in the world.
I want to sincerely thank these leaders
for their valuable and generous contributions to this undertaking.
We all recognize that public diplomacy is not just the job
of government. It is, indeed, the job of every American.
And the Department of State is determined to forge partnerships
with our private sector so that Americans of all stripes,
all traditions, all ethnic groups and also all walks of
life might be able to help to carry the story of democratic
progress and the progress of liberty. We look forward to
this excellent program in April, but we especially look
forward to working with our partners.
Thank you very much.