Media Project CEO Dr. Arne Fjeldstad said the goal of the program "is to build a global network of journalists dedicated to ethical decision-making and leadership values who are willing to mentor the next generation of journalists." Now in its second year, the Fellowship begins with a customized workshop at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida
**Meet the 2013 Fellows. Scroll to the bottom of the page for winners' bios.**
"We start with the idea that there's a great body of wisdom already in the room. So, we make certain that the learning is interactive and inclusive," said Poynter's Leadership and Management expert Jill Geisler.
The core leadership and coaching sessions of the August 4-9, 2013, workshop will be led by Geisler and are designed to help journalists from a variety of cultural backgrounds develop transformational leadership skills.
"The goal is not to impose a US-centric view of leadership and coaching, but rather to identify universal principles and unique applications."
Geisler, who crafted the Poynter training sessions based on conversations with The Media Project educational team, observes, "the challenges that many of the participants in this workshop face are humbling to people who practice daily journalism in the United States. During this intense week, we respect the reality of their professional experiences and aspirations. Because these journalists are already recognized for their work on behalf of others, our goal is to help them add practical, customized tools to their tool kit."
Helping this year's Fellows improve their "tool kit" will be Stephen Buckley, dean of faculty at The Poynter Institute and Kelly McBride, a former religion reporter who now serves as Poynter's senior faculty on Ethics, Reporting, and Writing.
Additional workshop sessions on the intersection of journalism and faith will be led by "On Religion" columnist Terry Mattingly who edits the GetReligion blog and serves on The Media Project Board of Directors as well as Dr. Fjeldstad.
Each of the sixteen journalists chosen for the 2013 Fellowship Awards received a full scholarship to cover training and travel costs.
"We have a terrific group of journalists from 14 different countries so I'm confident we're going to have a great week learning more about coaching and leadership development across cultures," said Fjeldstad.
The Media Project Coaching and Leadership Fellowship requires participants to make a yearlong commitment to explore, develop, and replicate various aspects of coaching and leadership skills. In addition, the fellows must make a commitment to mentor two younger journalists in mainstream media from their country.
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