The University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication hosts the 2011 Murrow Fellows, a group of international journalists here as part of the U.S. Department of State's Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists.
The University of Minnesota has been part of the Murrow Program since its inception in 2006. As part of the program, more than 150 journalists from 105 countries visit the United States. They start their trip in Washington, D.C., break off into smaller groups around the United States and then reconvene in New York City.
This year, SJMC is hosting a group of 10 journalists from East Asian and Pacific Rim countries. The journalists arrived in Minnesota on Wed., Nov. 2 and will depart on Tues., Nov. 8.
The focus of their trip to Minnesota is to learn more about immigrant, refugee and transportation issues, topics chosen by the journalists themselves.
As part of their time here in Minnesota, the group is hearing about the refugee health program, the coverage of minorities, public policy and issues regarding First Amendment Law and social media within Minnesota. The group is visiting Minnesota Public Radio, 3M and Public Radio International, plus each participant is being paired with a journalist here in the Twin Cities who has a similar "beat" to them. Murrow Fellows are being paired with reporters at the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, MPR, Twin Cities Public Television and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
The program, named after the late CBS journalist, aims to inform international journalists about U.S. policies, programs and civic issues.