French-American Foundation Calls for Applicants to its 2013 Immigration Journalism Fellows Program

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If selected, French-American Foundation Immigration Journalism Fellows will receive up to $10,000 each for work on migration and integration across all forms of media over a four to six month period.

There is a real need for meaningful, visionary stories on the underreported topics of immigration and integration worldwide. Our Immigration Journalism Fellows have the potential to advance the public debate in the U.S. and in France on these issues.

The French-American Foundation–United States is seeking applications from journalists to its second class of Immigration Journalism Fellows.

The Immigration Journalism Program is open to journalists with an interest in immigration and integration, of all nationalities, working in all forms of media (web, print, documentary, photography, etc.) in French or in English. Those selected for 2013’s second class of fellows will receive up to $10,000 each for work to be completed over a four to six month period.

In making the announcement, Charles Kolb, president of the French-American Foundation in New York, said, “Our Immigration Journalism program is the first of its kind to focus on immigration and integration worldwide. The very enthusiastic response from journalists in our inaugural class shows us that there is a real need for meaningful, visionary stories on these underreported topics. We have the potential to advance the public debate in the U.S. and in France on these crucial issues.”

The Foundation is seeking creative, impactful reporting projects with a strong social justice component, and all types of stories will be considered (local, global, cultural, economic, etc.). All reporting projects are expected to comply with journalism ethics of fairness and responsibility. Applying journalists must have a minimum of three years of professional experience, with outstanding achievements in the field and the ability to work in either English or French.

Journalists can apply directly on the Foundation’s website: The application deadline is Monday, January 14, 2013, and the winners will be announced in March 2013.

When applying, candidates must have already secured a commitment from a European or U.S. media outlet to publish their work. Journalists can apply in teams of up to three journalists, and freelance journalists are welcome to apply.

The French-American Foundation selected 12 fellows from some 90 applications and more than 20 countries in the first year of its Immigration Journalism Fellowship. Their stories appeared in a variety of publications (GlobalPost, NPR, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, The Washington Post, etc.) and include a multimedia piece on the impact of immigrant communities in de-industrialized American cities, a radio series on the impact of the Arab Spring on migration trends in Africa and a feature article on PTSD among immigrant students from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico who attend American schools.

You can learn more about the 2012 class of fellows on the French-American Foundation’s website:

The jury that will be selecting a second class of Immigration Journalism Fellows will be chaired by Sylvie Kauffmann, editor at large at Le Monde, and Michael Oreskes, senior managing editor at The Associated Press in New York.

Founded in 1976 and building on more than two centuries of shared ideals and interests between France and the United States, the French-American Foundation—United States promotes and enriches a transatlantic relationship that is essential in today’s world. With its sister foundation, the French-American Foundation–France, the Foundation brings together leaders, policymakers, and a wide range of professionals to exchange perspectives and share experiences in areas of mutual concern for mutual benefit.

To learn more about the Immigration Journalism Program, generously funded by the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Florence Gould Foundation, Air France and the Fondation TF1, please visit:

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