Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists

The U.S. Department of State’s Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists brings more than 100 emerging leaders in the field of journalism from around the world to the U.S. each year to examine journalistic practices in the United States. The program is an innovative public-private partnership between the Department of State and several top U.S. schools of journalism.

Program Details

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 1,000 foreign journalists to the U.S. since 2006.

The Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists engages young international media professionals in a dialogue with their U.S. counterparts, shares U.S. journalism practices, and creates new professional networks with fellow media professionals from the United States and around the world.   The international journalists 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 American cities to gain an understanding of media coverage in state politics and government.

Edward R. Murrow Program Fact Sheet

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.

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.

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