How To Cover Scary Things

From the release:

    Reporting Workshop for Covering Homeland Security
    May 21-23, 2007

    The International Reporting Project (IRP) of the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is pleased to announce it will conduct a special, one-time workshop in Washington, D.C., for journalists from around the country who cover homeland security issues.

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    The workshop will be held May 21-23, 2007, and will provide 15 journalists with roundtrip airfare to Washington and hotel accommodations while taking part in the program, which is called “*Covering Homeland Security: Does the System Work to Stop Terror?*

    Applications are now available for all U.S. journalists for this unique program, which will provide exclusive meetings with top officials from agencies such as the CIA, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, members of Congress and their staff, scholars, private experts and Washington-based journalists who regularly cover intelligence and homeland security issues.

    *This is an exciting chance for reporters around the country who cover security, defense, intelligence and post 9/11 homeland security issues in their communities,* said John Schidlovsky, director of the International Reporting Project.

    The workshop is organized by IRP and will take place in Washington, D.C., at the IRP*s base at SAIS. Support for the workshop comes from the McCormick Tribune Foundation, which sponsors Specialized Reporting Institutes that are designed to provide journalists with practical reporting training.

    From May 21-23, journalists selected for the workshop will gather to examine how well the federal agencies responsible for homeland security have responded to terrorist threats. The Specialized Reporting Institute will look closely at how the various agencies such as the CIA and FBI and others interact. The workshop will also train journalists how to cover homeland security issues in their local and regional communities, in areas such as transportation, energy and law enforcement.

    WHO SHOULD APPLY: Mid-career journalists who are U.S. citizens and have at least three years* professional experience. Applicants must regularly report on issues such as homeland security, military affairs and defense issues, transportation, criminal justice or law enforcement. Journalists from mid-sized markets outside the Washington, D.C., area are encouraged to apply. The program is open to journalists from newspapers, magazines, wire services, radio, television and online news organizations; freelancers may also apply.

    HOW TO APPLY: An online application form, instructions and eligibility requirements are available at Deadline for applications is April 9, 2007.

    If you have any questions, please contact Sonja Matanovic, IRP Communications Coordinator and Webmaster, at or at 202.663.7761.

    About the International Reporting Project
    The IRP is situated in downtown Washington at The Johns Hopkins University*s Paul H.Nitze School of Advanced International Studies ( The graduate school, recently voted one of the top schools in international affairs in the country, is home to world-class scholars and experts in a variety of defense-related issues. The IRP is uniquely qualified to provide journalists with the background they need to better explain homeland security issues to the public. Since 1998, the IRP has trained hundreds of U.S. journalists in topics on international issues through a variety of fellowships and other opportunities.

    About the McCormick Tribune Foundation
    The McCormick Tribune Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to making life better for our children, communities and country. Through its charitable grantmaking programs, Cantigny Park and Golf, Cantigny First Division Foundation and the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, the Foundation is able to positively impact people*s lives and stay true to its mission of advancing the ideals of a free, democratic society. The foundation is an independent nonprofit, separate from the Tribune Co., with substantial holdings in the Tribune Co. For more information, please visit