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German Exchange Program for American Journalists

January 1, 2013 12:00

Are you an American radio, television or online journalist working for a local station, regional cable channel or national network, interested in learning more about German media, politics and society? Are you intrigued by transatlantic relations, and how it impacts your life, and your reporting? If so you may qualify for one of our seven day RIAS study programs in Germany.
Each spring and fall we conduct programs that traverse Germany, providing American broadcast journalists with an opportunity to be inside German studios, political power centers, and factories. Our program regularly visits cities such as: Berlin, the renewed capital of Germany; western German cities such as Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Stuttgart; eastern cities such as Leipzig, Potsdam and Dresden; as well as Brussels, home of NATO and the European Union.
Since 1993 more than 1000 broadcast journalists from the United States and Germany have participated in this unique transatlantic exchange. Through the program, our Fellows have built bridges of understanding, both professionally and personally, with colleagues from across the ocean. Our alumni have also gone on to positions as international correspondents, anchors, news directors, and editors, and have also been accepted to longer term fellowship programs in Germany and across the globe.
Each standard study program is two weeks in length and may be extended for up to seven additional days to pursue an individual research project, file stories for your station, or serve a fellowship at a German radio or television station.
All primary expenses (transportation and accommodations) are provided by the program, as are most meals. Expenses are also covered for fellows electing to participate in an extension period.
Once the formal program concludes, American RIAS program alumni continue to participate by hosting visiting German journalists at their stations and in their newsrooms, and also by attending our annual alumni gathering held each fall immediately preceding the RTDNA convention.

Background information on the RIAS website

RIAS fellows regularly blog about their experience during the two-week fellowship. These blogs provide a clear and direct view of the program, the travel, and the access it provides. Click here to see recent blogs from fellows who visited Germany and Belgium during a RTDNF/RIAS fellowship.
Application deadlines and specific dates can be found below.

Here are the program dates for 2014:                                      2014 Program Brochure
Summer Program 2014:
June 8 - June 22, 2014
Application Deadline: March 1, 2014

Summer Program 2014 Extension:
June 23 – June 27, 2013
Application Deadline:  March 1, 2014

Fall Program 2014:
September 21 - October 5, 2014
Application Deadline: June 1, 2014

Fall Program 2013 Extension:
October 6-October 10, 2014
Application Deadline:  June 1, 2014

*Fellows are eligible for a one week extension for additional reporting and coverage.


Applicants must be full-time working radio, television or online journalists. Knowledge of German is helpful, but not required. Full-time freelancers are eligible to apply.

Click here to view the program applicaton!

All applications should be submitted electronically via email to Jon Ebinger at jon@rtdna.org.

*If you are not chosen to participate in the Summer Program , but wish to be considered for the Fall Program, it is not necessary to send a second application unless your circumstances (e.g., job title or station at which you work) have changed.


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