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UK Chosen for International Journalism Program

The University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications will be one of six universities partnering with the Aspen Institute to take part in the U.S. Department of State Edward R. Murrow Journalism Program. The innovative international journalism program was announced by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice last December.

“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,” Rice said. “We all know that the bedrock pillar of a free society is a free press and that it is crucial for the foundation of any democracy.”

Last April, the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Aspen Institute, along with six leading American universities, began working together to promote journalistic excellence around the world. The exchange program will invite 100 international media professionals to engage with U.S. journalists and participate in programs at leading U.S. journalism schools. Participants will also travel to state capitals to gain an understanding of media coverage of state politics and government.

The Edward R. Murrow Fellows Program is named for the renowned journalist and former director of the United States Information Agency. This new journalism program is an innovative public-private partnership, led by the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program and supported by the seven partners.

The universities will conduct academic seminars on journalistic principles to be enhanced by opportunities to work directly with U.S. journalists. The Aspen Institute will organize an international symposium for journalists that will highlight U.S. curriculum practices and address trends that journalists face in America and in the world.

“This program will not only benefit the foreign journalists involved, but our students as well. Part of the program will involve putting the foreign journalists into our classes, so they'll have a chance to interact with our students. We’re honored to have been chosen as one of the pilot sites for this very important program,” says Beth Barnes, director of the UK School of Journalism.

The other universities joining UK in this partnership with the Department of State and the Aspen Institute include the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California, and The School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

—Amanda Nelson