The Bringing Home the World Fellowship helps U.S.-based minority journalists cover compelling yet under-reported international stories, increasing the diversity of voices in global news. The program helps level the playing field and redress the inequality minority journalists often face by giving them the opportunity to report from overseas and advance their careers.
In previous years, fellows have produced more than 120 stories, enriching their communities with new perspectives on global issues. Many of the fellows’ stories have been hard-hitting reports that have exposed abuses and corruption, as well as documented the extraordinary lives of unsung people. A quarter of the reporters have won awards for their coverage. Fellows’ stories have appeared in news media ranging from NPR to the Miami Herald to the Daily Beast, with a combined reach of more than 100 million people.
The participants say that this program helps to advance their careers because they have gained international experience and learned new digital skills.
Prior to the Fellows' overseas travel, ICFJ will hold an intense orientation in May 2015, in Washington, D.C., to prepare them for their foreign reporting work. Each fellow is also paired with a mentor who provides guidance throughout the program. The Fellows’ depart for their reporting assignments between the months of June and August, depending on the destination and other factors. While overseas, the Fellows blog about their experiences and also share tidbits about their reporting assignments on social media including Twitter and Facebook.
Upon their return from abroad, fellows will be expected to complete their stories and publish or broadcast them by November 1, 2015. Their work will then appear in U.S. media outlets, as well as ICFJ's online compendium of fellowship stories.
The 2015 fellowship is sponsored by the Ford Foundation, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation and United Airlines.