RTDNA, RIAS announces dates for 2020 exchange programs in Germany, United States

August 8, 2019 11:00

U.S. journalism students in Germany, July 2019

RTDNA and the RIAS Berlin Commission have announced the dates for six journalist exchange programs in 2020 in the United States and Germany. The one-, two- and three-week fellowship programs are designed to expand horizons for broadcast journalists with insights into international politics, culture and news operations.

The exchange program keeps alive the spirit of Radio in the American Sector (RIAS) - radio and TV broadcasters that kept people living behind the Iron Curtain in Communist East Germany informed with news, information and music programs.

Programs in Germany
The two two-week programs for U.S. journalists in Germany will travel June 1-13, 2020 (participants will visit Berlin, Leipzig, Hamburg, Brussels) and September 13-25, 2020 (in Brussels, Cologne, Erfurt and Berlin). Applications for both programs are due October 31.

Students studying broadcast journalism, international relations or German are also invited to apply for a summer exchange program from June 28-July 18, 2020. Applications are due February 15.

Journalists or students interested in these programs can learn more hereAccepted fellows must be RTDNA members.

Programs in the United States
The two three-week programs in the United States for about 10 German journalists will be held March 10-March 27, 2020 (Washington, New York and individual station weeks at stations across the country) and October 6-23, 2020 (Washington, New York and station weeks at individual stations across the country). U.S. newsrooms interested in hosting the German visitors can learn more here

Up to 30 Germany-based journalists can also participate in a one-week Senior Editors/Alumni program to examine the U.S. presidential election in Washington from October 18-24, 2020. 

Applicants for the alumni program should contact their local alumni chapter for more information. Applicants interested in the three-week programs should write to info@riasberlin.org for further information.

Alumni Opportunities
RIAS program alumni are invited to San Antonio for the Excellence in Journalism conference, which will include an alumni breakfast and panel discussion on September 7, 2019. 

The annual 2020 RIAS Media Prize Awards Ceremony will be held on May 7, 2020 at the RIAS building in Berlin and the 2020 alumni reunion in Berlin will be held on May 8, 2020. 

Learn more by emailing info@riasberlin.org.

RTDNA and RIAS have had a close partnership since 1994. The participants of the RTDNA/RIAS exchange programs are part of a growing network of more than 1,700 German and U.S. journalists who have taken part in the RIAS Berlin Commission fellowship programs that were inaugurated in 1992 after the Cold War-era radio and TV network in Berlin known as “Radio in the American Sector” (RIAS) was deactivated.