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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Senior Journalists Seminar

The Senior Journalists Seminar is a dialogue, travel and exchange program for journalists from the United States and Asian countries with substantial Muslim populations, specifically Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The seminar offers an opportunity for senior writers, reporters, editors, columnists and producers to engage their peers on issues in the relationships between these Asian countries and the United States, especially since 9/11.

2010 Senior Journalists Seminar
Theme: Bridging Gaps Between the United States and the Muslim World

The purposes of this Seminar are to:

* Provide opportunities for Asian and United States journalists to meet and discuss issues which appear to have caused deterioration in the traditionally good relationships between Asian countries with large Muslim populations and the United States, especially since 9/11.
* Explore these issues with government officials, diplomats, community leaders, religious authorities and others active in the dialogue on Asian-U.S. relations.
* Address with journalists from Asia and the United States political and cultural challenges faced by professional journalists in reporting on and commenting on issues in contemporary Asian-U.S. relations.

Program Dates: February 28 - March 21, 2010

Study Tour for Asian Journalists: Washington, DC; Nashville, Tennessee; Chicago, Illinois

Study Tour for American Journalists: Mumbai, India and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The program opens and concludes in Honolulu, Hawaii, for joint sessions between Asian and American participants.

Who Can Apply: Working print, broadcast, journal and online journalists from the United States and Asian countries with substantial Muslim populations, specifically Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand with a minimum of ten years of experience.

Application Deadline: 2010 application period is now CLOSED

Funding: Roundtrip airfare for the study tour travel, lodging and per diem costs are provided by the East-West Center. Selected participants are responsible for their own visa fees and roundtrip airfare from their home city to Honolulu, where the study tour opens and concludes. A limited number of travel stipends will be available, however selected participants should expect some cost-sharing.

The 2010 Asian Participants are:

* Ramin Anwari, Online Producer, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan
* Saadia Azim, Bureau Chief of Eastern India, Sahara Samay, Sahara India TV Network, Kolkata, India
* Ethel C. Constantino, Senior Reporter, National Broadcasting Network, Davao City, Philippines
* Yee-Ping Foo, Deputy News Editor, The Star, Selangor, Malaysia
* Amir A. Fakhravar, Writer, Blogger and President of Iranian Freedom Institute, Washington, D.C./Iran
* Muhammad Riaz Khan, Bureau Chief, Daily Nawa-i-Waqt and Writer, The Associated Press, Peshawar, Pakistan
* Dandy Koswaraputra, Indonesian Correspondent, IslamOnline.net, Jakarta, Indonesia

The 2010 U.S. Participants are:

* Barb Fraze, International Editor, Catholic News Service, Washington, DC
* Toni Johnson, Staff Writer, Council on Foreign Relations, New York, NY
* Eli Lake, International Politics and Terrorism Correspondent, The Washington Times, New York, NY
* J. Michael Kennedy, Assistant Foreign Editor, National Public Radio, Washington, DC
* Joe Sterling, Newsdesk Editor, CNN Wire, Cable News Network, Atlanta, GA
* Graeme Wood, Staff Editor, The Atlantic Monthly, Washington, DC

For More Information

Liz A. Dorn
Seminar Specialist, Seminars
East-West Center
1601 East West Road
Honolulu, HI 96848 USA
Phone: (808) 944-7368
Fax: (808) 944-7600
Email: dorne@eastwestcenter.org

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