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Learning English - Special English VOA

Learning English - BBC

U.S. Media (I) Visa Regulations

Journalism Resources - infoUSA

A guide to U.S. higher education for foreign students... Link

Educational Advising Centers for foreign students ... Link for finding an Education USA center in your country...

Studying in France

Agence EduFrance

Campus Germany ... study and research in Germany

UNESCO Fellowships (apply only through National Commissions - List)

UNESCO Prizes in Communication and Information | Français

UNESCO World Press Freedom Day Web Site | Français

UNESCO Practical Guide for Journalists - free download

Knight International Press Fellowships

ijnet International Journalists' Network Fellowships & Awards Database

News University


Exchanges to the U.S.

Links to the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

The Fulbright Program

The International Visitor Leadership Program

Scholars & Professional Programs

Graduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

High School and Youth Programs

Information about study in the U.S./EducationUSA

Media and Democracy Grants and Programs

Open Society Institute

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

NED Sources of Funding in International Democratic Development Database

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program

Visiting Fellows Program

The Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace


Request Interviews with U.S. State Dept. officials
Link to Newsmaker Search including search by language other than English


Tips for Using Free Programming

While free programming and web content from domestic and international broadcasters and other information providers can be of great help to independent journalists and independent media outlets in promoting free flow of information and media freedom, stations managers, editors, and reporters must carefully evaluate such offers and check all information from outside sources for accuracy and balance. More


Secretary Rice cites importance of free press to democracy Rice discusses world events at Edward R. Murrow journalism forum U.S. State Dept. Wash. File story... |

(Госдепартамент USA) Госсекретарь Райс отметила важность свободной прессы для демократии
Комментарии о событиях в мире на журналистском форуме памяти Эдварда Марроу more story...

Online materials broadening global access to education Increasing number of universities offer free Internet access to course materials. U.S. State Dept. Wash. File story... | Open Courseware Consortium - OCW

Journalist urges more enforcement of laws against human trafficking Victor Malarek discusses links between poverty, prostitution, organized crime. U.S. State Dept. Wash. File story... | Журналист призвал к более активному исполнению законов по борьбе с торговлей людьми Джон Маларек обсуждает связь между бедностью, проституцией и организованной преступностью. U.S. State Dept. Wash. File story...

New training programs will help fight trafficking in persons Classes teach to recognize trafficking victims, build partnerships. U.S. State Dept. Wash. File story... | International Organization for Migration press release... | Новые учебные программы помогут бороться с торговлей людьми Они призваны обеспечить распознание жертв торговли людьми и создание партнерств. U.S. State Dept. Wash. File story...

Multimedia initiative helps Chinese students study in the U.S. Information in Chinese made available to potential enrollees U.S. State Dept. Wash. File story...

Media making strides in Africa, thanks to technology, training U.S. programs have played an important role, journalists say. U.S. State Dept. Wash. File story... | | Français

Israeli scholarships for foreign students More from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs...

(Госдепартамент USA) Представитель консульской службы США обсудит студенческие визы more story...

Russian – American Reporting Exchange kicks off national tour Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) and its partners, Internews Russia and Internews Network, teamed up to create a reporting exchange called The Russians Are Coming. Internews press release...

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Programming offers from domestic and international broadcasters

The following links are to those international broadcasters who provide information for potential partners and affiliates.


UNICEF Video on Demand The News Market

Link to VOA Regional Marketing Offices

Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty

Radio Free Asia

Radio Australia

Radio Canada International

Deutsche Welle

Radio Netherlands

Radio Netherlands Worldwide Media Network Weblog


Radio Vaticana

United Nations Radio

United Nations Television and Video

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Links to Internet Resources for Journalists

Link to "Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents" at the Reporters Without Borders web site. The handbbok includes "tips and technical advice on how to to remain anonymous and to get round censorship, by choosing the most suitable method for each situation. It also explains how to set up and make the most of a blog, to publicise it (getting it picked up efficiently by search-engines) and to establish its credibility through observing basic ethical and journalistic principles."

Link to free blogging resources at Civiblog is an international initiative with the aim of giving voice to individuals and organizations involved in global civil society. The organization provides platforms and resources for NGOs, activists, dissidents and individuals-at-risk through the medium of blogging.

Link to Open Media Network OMN is a public service for noncommercial networks, public broadcasters, non-profits, community organizations and educational institutions to distribute their high-quality educational videos, free video downloads, and free audio downloads.



Link to "What are the ethics of online journalism" from Online Journalism Review Wikis

Link to "How to write for the Web" from Online Journalism Review Wikis

Link to "How to report a news story online" from Online Journalism Review Wikis

Link to "How to make money on your news content website" from Online Journalism Review Wikis

Link to "Tips for shooting better online video" from Online Journalism Review Wikis

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

European Union Human Rights Issues


U.S. State Dept. Human Rights Issues



U.S. State Dept. Arabic Book Program

The U.S. State Dept. Arabic Book Program (Regional Book Office at the U.S. Embassy in Egypt) [Link] supports the publication and distribution of American books in Arabic translation. These books explain American culture, showcase American intellectual and artistic achievements, and address some of the pressing issues of mutual concern to Americans and Arabs which may not be met through commercial publishing channels.


The Arabic Book Program has a section on journalism, communication and information which lists a number of books of interest to international journalists. Link...




U.S. State Dept. Muslim Life in America

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Handbook of Independent Journalism by Deborah Potter, executive director of NewsLab


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The Library of Congress

The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog Link>>

Many of the catalog records are accompanied by digital images--about one million digital images in all. Many are in the public domain and can be used by journalists. The Library of Congress warns, however, that "Not all images displayed in this catalog are in the public domain. The Library offers broad public access to these materials as a contribution to education and scholarship. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the Library's collections." The Library's Legal Notices have more information about copyright issues.


Support for free media news


OSCE Centres help train Kazakh and Kyrgyz journalists to report on
labour migration
OSCE press release... | Russian version...


Launch of Partnership for International Journalism Program, U.S. Department of State, December 2005.

Under the sponsorship of the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Aspen Institute and six leading American universities, the Edward R. Murrow Journalism Fellows Program will invite 100 international media professionals to engage with journalists and participate in leading journalism schools in the United States. Link to Secretary Rice's December 2005 speech announcing the launch of the program...


USAID Provides Support to Non-Governmental Media Outlets in Kyrgyz Republic, USAID, April 2006

USAID, a U.S. government agency administering foreign aid, is one of the largest providers of training and equipment grants to independent media in many countries. U.S. embassies are the best place to contact with inquiries about training and equipment support for independent media outlets and individual journalists. According to a USAID press release, six regional media outlets increased their revenues from advertising by up to 400%, sales of issues by 8% to 20%, and staff salaries by 5% to 50% as a result of a one-year USAID project... Read more ...

Independent Tajikistani TV Stations Achieve Another Milestone, USAID, April 2006

According to a USAID press release, eight independent regional TV stations have recently assumed production of a Tajik-language weekly news program. Since 2001, the news program, based on information and inputs from independent TV stations... Read more ...

Independent Media Projects Support Watchdogs of Democracy, USAID, April 2006

Since 2001, the Web-based media outlet Telekritika has reported on current Ukrainian media trends and provided in-depth analysis and critical assessment of Ukrainian TV and radio program content... Read more ...

“Tech Age Girls” Inspires Leadership in Uzbekistan's Young Women, IREX, July 2005

IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board) is an international nonprofit organization supporting education, independent media, and pluralistic civil society development. According to an IREX press release, "the IREX School Connectivity for Uzbekistan program launched “Tech Age Girls” to develop future women leaders in the field of technology. In cooperation with the local NGO Center for Women Leaders, IREX competitively selects a group of young Uzbekistani women, between the ages of 12 and 16, who show the greatest potential to both become leaders in their fields and share their enthusiasm, talent, and skills with their peers." Read more...

Click Here for information about IREX grants for independent journalists and media outlets.


Media advocacy

Media Sustainability Index 2005 (MSI) from IREX MSI is a joint project of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX).  Funded by USAID and developed by IREX, the MSI measures five key indicators of media systems in twenty different countries and provinces in the E&E region. USAID has funded the MSI since 2001, with media indicators generally paralleling other democracy indicators in the region, showing substantial progress in eastern Europe; some incremental progress in the Caucasus and Ukraine; and, for the most part, considerable backsliding in Russia, Belarus and Central Asia.To read this year’s index and past editions, visit


The Role of Media in Democracy: a Strategic Approach, Center for Democracy and Governance, Bureau for Global Programs, Field Support, and Research, U.S. Agency for International Development, Washington, D.C. 20523-3100, June 1999 "Media advocacy organizations are most effective when they leverage both local and international support, since the weight of the international community provides protection and power while the local support provides legitimacy on issues around which they are advocating reform."


International media exchanges and training

Programs for International Fellows from IREX (The International Research & Exchanges Board based in Washington, D.C.)

IREX offers a range of professional, scholarly research, and small grant opportunities for international individuals.

Organizational Grants and Partnership Opportunities from IREX

Internships for students of journalism at the International Broadcasting Bureau and the Voice of America in Washington, D.C. International students studying in the United States can take advantage of some of these programs. Link to more information...

International media training at the Voice of America. VOA -- through it parent agencies: the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB), is providing training to international radio and television journalists, editors, producers, announcers, engineers and media managers. Link to more information...


FY 2004 Annual Report of the Interagency Working Group on U.S. Government-Sponsored International Exchanges and Training This report provides a list of numerous training, support, and exchange programs funded by the U.S. government or in cooperation with other governments and private entities. Some of these programs are available to journalists and other media professionals.