Graduate School USA’s Edward R. Murrow Program Hosted International Journalists in the United States

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Department of State Program Brought 130 International Journalists to Participate in Ten Regional Projects

Participating Latin American Journalists

This innovative program offered an opportunity for up-and-coming journalists to learn more about how the U.S. news works.

Graduate School USA has completed its nearly month-long program, “Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists,” hosting 17 Latin American journalists from the participating group. These members of the international journalism communities met in the United States from October 29 – November 16 for the opportunity to examine journalistic practices in the United States.

“This innovative program offered an opportunity for up-and-coming journalists to learn more about how the U.S. news works,” said Thea Richard, Program Manager of the International Institute at Graduate School USA. “This was our fifth year participating in this important program and we were excited to help facilitate learning among this impressive group.”

The objectives of the Murrow Program include examining the rights and responsibilities of free press in democracy; observing operational practices, standards, and institutions of the media in the U.S.; gaining insight into the social, economic, and political structures of the U.S.; and participating in academic seminars and professional development symposiums highlighting current trends and challenges in the media profession.

The program segmented the journalists into 10 regional projects of approximately 15 participants each. The projects were organized by region and language including: Africa (French and English), East Asia (Chinese and English), Europe (English and Russian), Near East/North Africa (Arabic), South Central Asia (English), and Western Hemisphere (Spanish).

This program is an innovative public-private partnership between the Department of State, the Aspen Institute, and nine leading U.S. schools of journalism, including:

  • Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University
  • Grady College of Journalism, University of Georgia
  • Manship School of Mass Communications, Louisiana State University
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Oklahoma
  • S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
  • College of Communication and Information, University of Tennessee
  • Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada

About the International Visitors Learning Program (IVLP)
The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Launched in 1940, the IVLP seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. These visits reflect the International Visitors’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.

About Graduate School USA’s International Institute
Graduate School USA’s International Institute, founded in 1961, provides overseas government and non-government organizations with insightful and culturally sensitive seminars and special services. The International Visitor Leadership Program and the Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiative are examples of the Institute’s international exchange and professional development programs. More information can be found at

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