ICFJ’s longest-running program, the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship provides talented young U.S., German and Canadian journalists the opportunity to live and work in each other’s country. This highly personalized and practical program improves the quality of news coverage in each country and strengthens the transatlantic relationship.
Among the mid-career journalists reporting on international affairs in Germany today, at least half are Burns alumni. Many U.S. alumni, who began in small community news organizations, have moved to positions of greater influence and breadth.
In one evaluation of the program, more than 90 percent of alumni respondents said the program enriched their careers. More than 80 percent of Burns alumni have been promoted or joined other organizations in more senior positions. More than 40 Burns alumni now work as foreign correspondents in 20 countries for well-known news outlets, such as The Washington Post, Reuters, CNN, ARD, Deutsche Welle and the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
The fellowship’s broader significance is in its contribution to the quantity and quality of news coverage of Germany, the United States and Canada. Each recent class of fellows has produced more than 225 stories during its time across the Atlantic. Fellows represent every type of media outlet, from The Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail, The Seattle Times and NPR, to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, ZDF and Der Spiegel. They come from across each country and cover the spectrum of different beats. Their influence on readers, viewers and listeners is diverse and far-reaching.
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