A free and responsible press is essential to any democratic society. Each year, more than 75 journalists from around the world are brought to the United States to explore this ideal and U.S. efforts to maintain and encourage such freedom of expression through the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists. The participants are emerging professionals in print, broadcast, and digital media who come to the United States to examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy while observing the operational practices, standards, and institutions of the media.
Working in conjunction with U.S. journalism schools across the country, the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs developed an international exchange through the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) that has brought more than 1,200 foreign journalists to the United States since 2006.
The emerging media professionals meet with their U.S. counterparts to share best practices in journalism and create new professional networks with fellow media professionals from the United States and around the world. The Edward R. Murrow Program participants travel in small groups for academic seminars and field activities with faculty and students at one of the partner schools of journalism, then visit small to mid-sized U.S. cities to gain an understanding of media coverage in state politics and government.
Partner Universities and Colleges
The journalism schools design specialized curriculum for their international counterparts to examine journalistic principles and practices, both in the United States and around the world. The universities generously contribute their resources, time, and talent to make this program possible.
- Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University
- S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications & Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
- Grady College of Journalism, University of Georgia
- School of Journalism, University of Minnesota
- School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
- Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Oklahoma
Impact of Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists
An independent analysis of the program found that participants increased their:
- Understanding of U.S. society, policymaking process and government
- Knowledge of specific subjects discussed during the program, including human rights, religious/ethnic diversity, fighting corruption, and women in society
- Knowledge of current trends in the media profession, including alternative media and new technologies
- Desire to consult a much wider variety of sources, especially nongovernmental sources, the internet, and international media in their own reporting.