Fall Journalism Fellowship to China and Japan/Applications Due June 24

Date: 05-05-2005


The East-West Center now is accepting applications for the Fall 2005 Jefferson Fellowships, a program of professional dialogue, study and travel for mid-level print and broadcast journalists from the United States, Asia and the Pacific. The East-West Center plans to award twelve Fellowships to applicants from Asia, the Pacific Islands and the United States.

The program will be October 9-29, 2005. The program will begin at the East-West Center in Honolulu. It will continue with a study tour to Tokyo, Japan and Shanghai and Chongqing, China. During the study tour, the Jefferson Fellows will travel together and share their experiences and insights as they look at the shifting economic dynamics of the United States, Japan and China. The program will conclude in China.

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, June 24, 2005.


The theme of the Fall 2005 program will be:

Bulls, Bears, and Tigers:
Rising China and its Implications for Regional Economies

In 2004 China maintained economic growth of over 9 percent, fueled mainly by a booming export sector. What internal challenges are created in China by this tremendous expansion in economic production and consumption? How do other countries in the region, in particular longstanding economic superpowers such as the United States and Japan, respond to the challenges and opportunities China’s growth presents?

In presentations to one another and in sessions at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Fellows will explore how their countries are dealing with China as a rising economic power, as well as other new economic developments such as the end of the multi-fiber agreement and the rise in service sector outsourcing from the U.S. In Honolulu and in visits to Tokyo, Shanghai and Chongqing, Fellows will gain a deeper understanding of the general health of the U.S., Japanese and Chinese economies, the shifting dynamics of these three regional economic powers, and the regional implications of the emerging competition for strategic resources.

Program Purpose and Content
The Jefferson Fellowships program was launched in 1967 to enhance public understanding through the news media of cultures, issues and trends in the Asia Pacific region, broadly defined as Asia, the Pacific and the United States. The long-range goal is to help news organizations build staff expertise about regional concerns and trends, so that their readers, viewers and listeners may be better informed.

The Fellowships take place 3 times a year and provide the participating journalists with a wide range of perspectives through dialogue with professional colleagues, participation in seminars and meetings with scholars, business and government decision-makers, social activists, cultural analysts and others. These contacts, and a network of more than 400 former Jefferson Fellows, provide participants with resources on whom to call when they plan, assign, edit and produce news coverage involving or affecting the region.

Since this program primarily is to provide background and depth of understanding of Asia, the Pacific and the United States, applicants should know that many of the interviews will be “on background”, that is, not for attribution to the briefers or the organizations they represent. This is necessary to get behind what appears on web sites to a deeper understanding of the region.

The first week of the Fall 2005 program will consist of dialogue among the Fellows, including seminars led by each Fellow; lecture discussions by East-West Center researchers and other experts; and personal study. This will be followed by a 15-day study tour to Tokyo, Japan, Shanghai and Chongqing, China. All Fellows will meet and travel together throughout the program.

Professional Exchange
This is a professional study tour, and one essential element is the journalist-to-journalist exchange. Central to this is a presentation that each Fellow will give to his or her fellow participants.
Each Fellow is required to prepare and submit two weeks before arriving at the Center a short paper (1000-1500 words). The paper should address a significant issue relevant to the theme of the program with which the participant’s country is dealing in the region and to discuss how the country - at the government, private sector and/or socio-cultural level - is responding to the issue. The Jefferson Fellowships coordinator will work with invited Fellows to develop a series of presentations relevant to the theme.

Each Fellow also will make an oral presentation (approximately 15 minutes) based on the previously submitted paper and participate in discussion of his or her topic.

The purpose of the presentations is to tap the education and experience of participating journalists in ways that will be useful professionally to fellow participants as they study, assess, and report in their media on the themes of the program and the Asia Pacific region.

East-West Center, University of Hawai‘i and Other Resources

East-West Center fellows and research staff, University of Hawai‘i faculty and other experts will lead seminars addressing historical, cultural, social, media, political, security, economic and other issues in an Asia Pacific regional context. During their time in Hawai‘i, the Fellows are encouraged to avail themselves individually of Asia Pacific resources in the community, including staff and library facilities at the Center and the University of Hawai‘i. (The Center and the University are separate institutions but cooperate on a range of projects.)

Study Tour
Field study for the Fall 2005 program will consist of group travel for 15 days. For this program, all the Fellows will travel together throughout the program. Proposed cities to be visited are Tokyo, Japan and Shanghai and Chongqing in China; these are subject to change if needed to meet program requirements.
The East-West Center will coordinate the travel segment of the program, working with its network of alumni, including former Jefferson Fellows, who often volunteer to host, guide and advise traveling Fellows and to arrange appointments and interviews.

The Center provides the Fellows with economy class air transportation from their home cities to Honolulu, through the study tour and return to their home cities from China. The center also provides lodging at the East-West Center guest house in Honolulu and at moderately-priced hotels during the study tour. A per diem to cover living costs (food and incidentals) not met by the program is provided in Honolulu and during the study tour following standard U.S. government allowances for the cities visited. The Fellows will be advised of these amounts when the awards are made.

Employer commitment to the program is important. News organizations are asked to help their employees participate by providing part of the cost whenever possible. An “Employer’s Statement of Support” is a required part of the application. While financial assistance from the employer is not required, employers are encouraged to provide support as possible to their Jefferson Fellows as a demonstration of their commitment to the program. Other kinds of employer support, such as hosting visiting Jefferson Fellows, are welcomed.

Fellows may arrive in Honolulu prior to the October 2 program start date and remain in China after the October 29 close of the program (subject to appropriate visa status). However, costs for housing, food and incidentals will be at each Fellow’s own expense for these days beyond the official program dates.

The Jefferson Fellowships are supported by a grant from The Freeman Foundation, of Stowe, Vermont. The East-West Center is funded by an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress and by grants from foundations and corporations. Official agencies, private companies, research organizations, East-West Center alumni and volunteers contribute to the program on a regular basis.

Who May Apply
The Jefferson Fellowships are designed for mid-career journalists, generally with a minimum of ten years’ professional experience, though some flexibility will be allowed in assessing the applications. Preference usually is given to “gatekeeper” applicants who help determine the content of coverage by their news organizations, to editorial writers, commentators and columnists, and to reporters and editors with some responsibility for the issues of the region. For this program, preference will be given to journalists who focus on economic issues. Because study sessions, discussions and briefings are conducted in English, fluency in that language is required.

How to Apply
Application forms are available at the postal address below, or through the Seminars Program web site: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/sem-mp.asp

IMPORTANT: An application is not complete until all of the following are submitted:

- A letter from the applicant outlining issues of interest and what he or she expects to accomplish if an award is granted. Each applicant should suggest the topic that he or she proposes to address in the paper each will prepare and in the group discussion each will lead.

- Names, addresses, phone/fax numbers and e-mail addresses (if available) of three people who may be contacted by the Center as references. Two of these references should be people outside the applicant’s employing organization. The Center also may consult former Jefferson Fellows and other news professionals in evaluating applications.

- A letter of recommendation from a supervisor describing the suitability of the applicant for the Fellowship and the benefit the organization hopes to derive from the employee’s participation in the program.

- The employer should also complete the “Employer’s Statement of Support” form.

Please send applications by Friday June 24, 2005 , or requests for applications or other information, to:
Jefferson Fellowships
East-West Center Media Program
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96848-1601, U.S.A.
Phone: 1-808-944-7384; Fax: 1-808-944-7600
E-mail: seminars@EastWestCenter.org

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