Russia-U.S. Journo Exchange Program

A new, two-year exchange program will offer 48 young journalists from Russia and the U.S. the chance to work in newsrooms, thanks to a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced today in Moscow.

At the beginning of the exchange, Russian journalists will spend several days meeting officials and media leaders in Washington, while their U.S. counterparts do the same in Moscow. They will then work at media organizations for as long as one month.

The International Center for Journalists will coordinate the selection of suitable U.S. news organizations for the Russian journos, and the Moscow Union of Journalists will find hosts for the Americans. The Moscow Union of Journalists will plan the program and cover the costs for participants in Russia.

The first 24 participants will be selected in February 2012. The first exchange will take place in April 2012. Applicants must be under 30 years of age, with at least three years of experience.

Strong preference to candidates who speak English and Russian.

Applications will be accepted on Nov. 15 here. For more information, contact the International Center for Journalists’ Robert Tinsley at btinsley@icfj.org.