The University of Minnesota's School of Journalism and Mass Communication will host ten journalists from East Asia and the Pacific Rim October 1-6, 2009, as part of the U.S. Department of State's Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists.
The Murrow Program is an innovative public-private partnership between the Department of State, the Aspen Institute, and ten leading U.S. schools of journalism. The program will bring approximately 160 journalists from independent media outlets around the world to the U.S. to examine journalistic principles and practices, both in the United States and around the world, and interact with professional journalists and experts in the field.
After a four-day orientation in Washington, D.C., the international journalists will divide into groups and travel to one of the ten partner institutions, including the University of Minnesota. The other nine institutions include Jackson State University, Marquette University, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Oklahoma, University of Southern California, Syracuse University, University of Tennessee, and Texas Christian University.
The ten journalists who will visit the SJMC hail from the Peoples Republic of China, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan, and hold positions in television and print in their home countries. The SJMC has designed a specialized agenda for the group's visit, including seminars led by SJMC faculty on international relations and press freedom, a visit to the Star Tribune to observe professional working journalists, a visit to 3M and General Mills to learn about international business innovation, and a trip to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis where they will learn about monetary policy and international trade. The journalists will also participate in a roundtable discussion about U.S. foreign policy with local journalists.
Following their visit to the SJMC, the ten journalists will travel to Little Rock, AR to examine the roles and responsibilities of state and local governments, learn about the importance of the civil rights movement in U.S. history, and observe media coverage of politics, governance, and civic engagement first hand. The program will conclude in New York City, with visits to major media outlets and a symposium on the future of journalism globally.