A Break From the News Cycle

Since the early 1970s, the Media Fellows Program has brought media professionals from the United States and around the world to Duke to study for a month, a semester or an academic year. To date, more than 500 journalists have participated from as near as Washington, D.C., to as far as Beijing and Moscow.

As technology and globalization dramatically reshape the mandates and methods of communications and media organizations, the Media Fellows Program provides journalists a chance to take time away from the 24-hour news cycle and explore issues of media practice and policy.

The program is housed in the Sanford School of Public Policy's DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy.

On campus, Media Fellows contribute to the intellectual life of the community as they participate in courses and give public lectures. Students, faculty and researchers meet with Media Fellows to discuss common research interests and current affairs. In a core series of seminars, the Media Fellows compare notes and develop relationships that often continue after they return home.

Many of the Media Fellows either come from or report from countries where the press is restricted or there is significant political or social upheaval. A sustained professional association provides valuable opportunities for collaboration, networking, training, mentoring and advocacy.

"When they leave Duke, the Media Fellows take with them notebooks full of contacts and project ideas, lasting impressions of American media practices as well as American society and culture, and, inevitably, a keen appreciation for Duke and its resources," said Laurie Bley, Media Fellows Program director. "As Duke increases its global programming, the Media Fellows provide an established knowledge base that can enhance Duke's footprint around the world."

The next Media Fellows Program takes place Sept. 12 through Oct. 7. To join an e-mail list to receive information about the participants in this and other upcoming programs, please contact Bley at bley@duke.edu.