Hosting German Journalists in the U.S.

November 30, -0001 12:00

One of the distinct benefits of participating in the RTDNF exchange program in Germany is the opportunity to host a visiting German RIAS fellow.

Each spring and fall the RIAS Berlin Commission sends German radio and television journalists to the U.S. for a three-week study program. The program starts with a week in Washington. After this week of meetings and programs with a range of journalists and policymakers, the fellows move on to a week as a guest at a station, before finishing up with a week in New York City with visits to economic, political and cultural organizations.

Amidst this schedule we place visiting German journalists at local, regional, and network news organizations for a week to provide them with the opportunity to see how broadcast news is put together and presented. Over the years RIAS fellows have been in markets large and small, in all geographic regions, and with affiliates for each of the networks.

Fellowships last one week, and require no financial outlay on the part of the station or the individual host. The RTDNF and the RIAS Berlin Commission provide each German fellow with transportation and accommodations during their hosted station week.

These fellowships are dynamic, interactive opportunities for both the host stations and the visiting journalists. Fellowship hosts should plan on integrating the journalists into the life of the newsroom by including them in the entire news process, including planning meetings, street reporting, live reports and studio programs. In many cases, visiting journalists contribute to story production either behind the scenes or on the air; some are even interviewed for their expertise and impressions of current events in Germany and Europe.

German RIAS fellows are typically hosted by American alumni of this program. This is an opportunity for American fellows to showcase their workplace, their newsroom, and their community for an individual from outside the United States. We encourage any broadcast journalists with an interest in global issues to consider hosting a visiting fellow from Germany for one week.

Through hosting, you and your colleagues may deepen your knowledge of Germany and Europe. Both hosts and visitors should view the fellowship experience as an opportunity to build personal and professional bridges that will strengthen their understanding of both our countries.

For further information on this or any other international exchange program, or to discuss being a fellowship host, please contact:
 

Mike Cavender, Executive Director
RTDNF
529 14th Street, NW Suite 1240
Washington, DC 20045

mikec@rtdna.org