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Fall fellows selected for German/American exchange

June 1, 2016 01:30

RTDNF has selected 12 producers, reporters, editors, and online journalists from across the country to become fellows in Europe this October as part of our longstanding relationship with the RIAS Berlin Kommission. 2016 represents the 23rd year in the partnership between the RTDNF and RIAS, which has sent more than 650 electronic journalists to Germany.

The fall 2016 German/American Journalist Exchange Program will run from October 2 to 15. Sponsored by the RIAS Berlin Kommission, it will feature briefings with top-level German political and media players in Berlin, discussions in the former East German city of Dresden, and meetings with international journalists in Prague, Czech Republic. The program will conclude with meetings in Brussels, Belgium at the EU and NATO. The electronic journalists selected for this program are:
  • Amena Al-Sadi, Producer - KUOW Public Radio, Seattle, WA
  • Yasmin Amer, Writer/Producer - CNN Newsource, Atlanta, GA
  • Barbara Brosher, Producer - WTIU/WFIU, Bloomington, IN
  • Marla Cichowsky, Freelance Producer - Chicago, IL
  • Alexis Garcia, Producer - Reason TV, Los Angeles, CA
  • Doug Johnson, Sr. Producer/Cyber Correspondent - Voice of America, Washington, DC
  • Kait Lavinder, Producer - The Cipher Brief, Washington, DC
  • Laura Lee, Assignment Editor - WMAR ABC2 News, Baltimore, MD
  • Rachel Lippmann, Reporter - St. Louis Public Radio, St. Louis, MO
  • Regina McCombs, Sr. Editor for Visual News - Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul, MN
  • Emily Nelson, Anchor/Investigative Reporter - WTOL 11, Toledo, OH
  • Jim Zarroli, Business and Economics Correspondent - NPR, New York, NY
“Our fellows will have the opportunity to report from Europe at an important time," said Mike Cavender, RTDNF Executive Director. "They’ll be able to report firsthand about the state of the European Union, the immigration debate, the economy and the changing role of NATO, as well as the potential impact of America’s presidential election on the rest of the world."

Since 1994, RTDNF has administered this media fellowship as part of its German/American Journalist Exchange Program with the RIAS. The next application deadline for the 2017 program in Europe is February 1, 2017. For information on the RTDNF Germany fellowship or the RIAS Awards program, visit rtdna.org or contact Jon Ebinger at jon@rtdna.org.
RTDNF, a 501 (c) 3 educational foundation, was created to help RTDNA members embody and uphold the standards of ethical journalism and promote leadership in the newsroom. RTDNF offers the electronic news community professional development opportunities, an open forum for the discussion of ethics, assistance with the development of leadership skills, support of First Amendment issues and the exchange of ideas and perspectives from electronic journalists worldwide. The Foundation also provides scholarships and fellowships to aspiring and early-career electronic journalists.

About RIAS Berlin Kommission
The RIAS Berlin Kommission is a bi-national organization established in 1992 to promote understanding between the United States and Germany in the field of broadcasting. Each exchange program is fully financed by the RIAS Berlin Kommission, a non-profit, non-governmental organization.


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