Disaster Management and Resiliency in the Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowship
The Disaster Management and Resiliency in the Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships program is co-sponsored by the Center for Global Partnership. This new 14-day professional dialogue, study and travel program is designed for 12 working print, broadcast and online journalists from the United States, Japan, China and those Asian and Oceanic countries bordering the tectonic Pacific Plate. It will introduce participating journalists to a broad range of disaster management activities in the United States and Japan as well as post-disaster challenges to political, economic and energy resiliency. Emphasis will be placed on:
- disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery efforts at the local, federal and international levels;
- government, military, business and civil-society initiatives successful in reducing risk and in providing assistance post-disaster;
- resilience to recover from disasters and the maintenance of political structures, economic markets, energy policies and the functionality of society in the wake of a catastrophe;
- impact of recent catastrophic natural disasters on economic markets and supply chains throughout the Asia Pacific region;
- responses to the Fukushima nuclear crisis and the future of energy policy and security in the Asia Pacific region.
2012 DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND RESILIENCY JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIPS
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Dates: May 13 – 27, 2012
Study Tour Destinations: San Francisco, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; Tokyo, Japan; Sendai, Japan
Who Can Apply: Mid-career journalists with a minimum of seven years of experience in journalism. Media professionals from print, broadcast and online news organizations, including reporters, writers, editors, producers, columnists, bloggers and editorial writers can apply. Participating journalists will include four Japanese, four Americans, and four journalists from China and Asian and Oceanic countries bordering the tectonic Pacific Plate. These countries include Fiji, Indonesia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Taiwan, Tonga, and Vanuatu. Journalists who specialize in topics related to the specific theme are preferred. Fluency in English is required.
Application Deadline: Monday, March 12, 2012
Given the recent Great East Japan Earthquake and the resulting tsunami and nuclear crisis, there has been a rethinking of how governments and communities prepare for and respond to disasters. Disaster management demands cooperation among both a wide variety of stakeholders within an affected country, as well as among the international community, to preserve and maintain the resiliency of political structures, economic markets and energy policies. In response, the East-West Center is proud to announce its new Disaster Management and Resiliency in the Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowship program.
The 2012 Disaster Management and Resiliency Journalism Fellowships program will introduce participating journalists to a broad range of disaster management activities in the United States and Japan as well as post-disaster challenges to political, economic and energy resiliency. In San Francisco, journalists will examine lessons learned from the Loma Prieta earthquake that struck the San Francisco Bay area of California on October 17, 1989 and measured 6.9 on the Richter scale. In addition, California, particularly the San Francisco area, is considered a leading U.S. example of disaster management as well as renewable energy development. Honolulu, meanwhile, will provide the journalists with a more regional understanding of disaster prevention and mitigation and will include additional examples of alternative power generation. In Japan, the journalists will visit the capital city for an assessment of how the Japanese government and disaster-response agencies handled the Great East Japan Earthquake and the resulting tsunami and nuclear crisis; and what lessons were learned. Additionally, the journalists will examine nuclear power and energy policy in Japan from a variety of perspectives. In Sendai, the East-West Center will expose the journalists to the personal side of natural disasters through discussions with students, aid workers and community members. In both the United States and Japan, the role and responsibility of the media to accurately report on disasters will be explored.
How to Apply:
All applicants must complete an application form. You may download PDF or MS Word versions. NOTE: You must save a copy of the form to your computer before filling out the form. Application instructions can also be downloaded here.
In addition to the completed application form, applicants must also provide the following:
- Letter of Interest (maximum two pages) including:
- Interest in the Fellowship theme and its relevancy to the beat you cover
- What you expect both to contribute and to gain from participating in the Fellowship
- A brief paragraph on your news organization and its reach
- Possible story ideas
NOTE - The EWC requires participating journalists to file at least one story or a series of blogs and/or tweets resulting from their participation in the fellowship.
- Resume (maximum two pages)
- Letter of Recommendation from your immediate supervisor describing your suitability for the program and how the news organization hopes to benefit from your participation.
- Two references from outside your employing organization
Extra pages submitted over the maximum limits will not be copied for and read by the Selection Committe. Further, late applications will not be accepted.
Please send applications by Monday, March 12, 2012 via post, fax or email to:
Disaster Management & Resiliency Fellowships
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96848-1601, U.S.A.
PLEASE NOTE, for fax and e-mail submissions: Indicate “Disaster Management Application” in the subject heading. We will confirm receipt of the application within 5 working days. If you do not hear back from us, please follow up.
For more information on the Exchange and for a list of all East-West Center journalism fellowships and exchanges, see http://www.eastwestcenter.org/journalismfellowships
Liz A. Dorn
Program Coordinator, Seminars
1601 East West Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96848
For more information, please visit official website: www.eastwestcenter.org.
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