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U.S. Gov’t launches exchange program for media staff

By Julius Odeke

The Government of the United States of America has launched an exchange program for Media Professionals from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, and the United States.

The Secretary General for Uganda Journalists Union (UJU) Stephen Bwire Ouma says the program is a four-part, two-way media program run by the International Committee for Journalists (ICFJ) and funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.


He says that this 18-month, multi-phase program is for 20 African media professionals and 20 of their U.S. peers. Five journalists will be competitively recruited from each of the four African countries – Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda.

In the spring and fall of 2013, two groups of African journalists will spend approximately four weeks at American media organizations for practical fellowships and related programming. They will then join other professional fellows for a three-day Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, D.C.

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