The Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that the application process for the 2023 Media Education Program (MEP) is open. We invite professors of accredited journalism programs and media schools of universities in Georgia to submit an application package for the MEP for participation in the 2023 program. Applications are due by December 20, 2022.
MEP application package should include the following:
The MEP is designed to strengthen journalism in Georgia. Most recently, it has focused on faculty professional development and curriculum development at universities across Georgia, with a goal of preparing the next generation of journalists trained in and committed to international standards of balanced, impartial reporting rooted in widely accepted media ethics. For this year’s MEP, the U.S. Embassy is partnering with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). A non-profit, professional organization, ICFJ offers the journalists in its growing network opportunities to deepen their skills, collaborate with colleagues across borders, and build more reliable, trustworthy, and sustainable news outlets.
Participants in the 2023 MEP will take part in a two-week Study Tour in Washington, D.C. (March 26 – April 1) and Phoenix, Arizona (April 2 – April 8), consisting of university and newsroom visits as well as U.S. faculty-led trainings on best educational practices and curriculum development. Following the study tour, as part of a Reciprocal Visit of American Media Experts to Georgia, they will receive in-person consultations from Arizona State University (ASU) faculty members at their home institutes in Georgia. Participants will also be eligible to apply for a micro-grant competition to support the implementation of new methods, resources, and curricula updates for their academic programs.
Ideal candidates will be full-time permanent faculty of accredited journalism programs and media schools of universities in Georgia. Nominees should only accept a slot in the MEP if they are willing to make the program a top priority in their schedules for at least one year and pledge to participate in the MEP Alumni Association after the program concludes.