April 30 - May 9, 2013; Washington, D.C. and New York, New York
Contacts: Washington Foreign Press Center Media Relations Officers: Belinda Jackson Farrier at 202-504-6370, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; and Saul Hernandez at 202-504-6327, email: hernandez email@example.com
Twenty journalists participated in an FPC foreign reporting tour from April 30-May 8 on “Media Freedom and Developments in Journalism.” Journalists from nineteen countries, including Pakistan, Bolivia, Thailand, Zimbabwe, and Bulgaria, participated in the program. The tour took place in Washington, D.C. and New York, NY – and was organized jointly by the DC and NY Foreign Press Centers. While in Washington, the group met with Under Secretary Sonenshine, Assistant Secretary Hammer, and Ambassador Kozak. They also participated in meetings at Twitter, the American University J-Lab, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. In New York, the journalists had meetings with editors at the Associated Press and Bloomberg News, the Committee to Protect Journalists, CUNY and Columbia Journalism Schools, the United Nations Media Division and UNESCO.
An engaging and lively group, the journalists were as interested in how U.S. media organizations are adapting to new media realities as they were in issues of press freedom and independence. This reporting tour was an opportunity for the Press Centers to underscore the continuity of USG support for press freedom and independence in the digital age – to both the foreign journalists who participated on the tour and to the U.S. media institutions with whom the State Department frequently engages.