French-American Foundation Announces Immigration Journalism Program and 2012 Journalism Fellows

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The French-American Foundation launches the first fellowship of its kind to focus on the crucial issue of immigration worldwide

The very enthusiastic response from journalists worldwide shows us that there is a real need for the professional support and mentorship that enables them to produce responsible, meaningful work on immigration.

The French-American Foundation–United States announced today the 12 professional journalists selected as the inaugural class of Immigration Journalism Fellows. The Immigration Journalism Program is the first of its kind to focus on the crucial issues of immigration and integration worldwide. In making the announcement, Antoine Treuille, president of the French-American Foundation in New York, said, “The very enthusiastic response from journalists worldwide shows us that there is a real need for the professional support and mentorship that enables them to produce responsible, meaningful work on immigration.”

The French-American Foundation received close to 90 applications from more than 20 countries in the first year of its Immigration Journalism Fellowship. The 12 fellows form a diverse group both by country of origin and expertise with various forms of media. Their stories are already slated to appear in major outlets including: The New Republic, The Los Angeles Times, Le Monde, Le Monde Diplomatique, Public Radio International, Radio France Internationale and Religion News Service. The projects include a multimedia piece on the impact of immigrant communities in de-industrialized American cities, a photo essay on the first Chinese communities in Egypt and a feature article on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among immigrant students from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico currently attending American schools.

As part of the Immigration Journalism Program, the French-American Foundation is also launching an annual award to recognize outstanding work in this area. The award is designed to focus attention on this increasingly important field of journalism, and to recognize excellence in responsible, cutting-edge reporting. Journalists have until May 31, 2012 to submit their work by visiting: http://www.frenchamerican.org/immigration-journalism-award

The French-American jury, chaired by Sylvie Kauffmann, executive editor of Le Monde, and Michael Oreskes, senior managing editor at The Associated Press in New York, selected visionary stories with the potential to advance public debate on immigration. The French-American Foundation is providing each fellow with funds of up to $10,000 to complete his/her reporting project over a six-month period. It does not consider applicants on the basis of nationality, but rather solely on the basis of the quality of the journalist's work and the potential impact it may have on the question of global immigration.

The French-American Foundation is the only non-governmental organization in the United States dedicated specifically to strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two countries. It does so by bringing together leaders, policy makers and a full range of professionals to exchange views, share best practices and consider how each country might profit from the expertise and experience of the other. The Foundation, and its sister Foundation in France, were founded concurrently in 1976.

To learn more about the Immigration Journalism Program, generously funded by the Ford Foundation, and the 12 fellows and their projects visit: http://www.frenchamerican.org/immigration-journalism-fellows. You can also follow us on Facebook (The French-American Foundation - United States) and Twitter (@FAF_US).

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