FASPE is an intensive, two-week study program in professional ethics and ethical leadership. FASPE is neither a Holocaust studies course, nor a genocide prevention program. Rather, the curriculum is designed to challenge Fellows to critically examine constructs, current developments and issues that raise ethical concerns in their professions in contemporary settings in which they work.
FASPE Journalism challenges its Fellows to recognize their responsibility to act as ethical leaders in their careers in journalism and the media. FASPE begins by examining the actions and choices of German and international journalists in covering and supporting Nazi policies. FASPE then draws on this historical example to help Journalism Fellows grasp their role and responsibility as individuals with influence in their communities and to lead them to identify and confront the ethical issues currently facing journalists and media institutions at large.
Each year, FASPE Journalism awards fellowships to 14 to 16 journalism students and early-career journalists. Fellows spend two weeks in Berlin and Poland, where they visit key sites of Nazi history and participate in daily seminars led by specialized faculty. The program couples the power of place with academic rigor and many informal opportunities for creative exchange.
FASPE draws on a large pool of applicants, whose diverse backgrounds and interests enrich discussions both inside and outside the seminar room. Journalism Fellows travel with Business and Law Fellows, allowing them to broaden their understanding of the role of professionals over shared meals and activities and in several interdisciplinary seminars. FASPE Fellowships are fully funded so that financial ability does not affect participation.
FASPE Journalism applicants must be interested in journalism as a career and fit into one of the following two categories: 1) be enrolled in a graduate program of any kind and planning to work as a journalist; 2) be working as a journalist with an undergraduate degree in any field received between May 2015 and May 2020 or a graduate degree in any field received between May 2019 and January 2021.
FASPE seeks Fellows who are about to embark on their career as professionals, are interested in engaging in discussions with their co-Fellows and faculty, and who have the intellectual and emotional maturity to unpack difficult and controversial issues responsibly and respectfully in small group settings. FASPE selects its Fellows on the basis of their academic background, personal and professional experiences, capacity for leadership and ability to contribute to the program and the alumni community. All applications are welcome and reviewed.
ANNOUNCING NEW DATES FOR THE 2021 JOURNALISM PROGRAM
(Application deadline: January 27, 2021)
Changes to the 2021 Fellowship
In the interest of both ensuring the safety of all participants, and creating a meaningful, enriching program that allows Fellows to experience the full FASPE curriculum, including the power of place and the impact of being a member of an in-person learning community, we would like to announce the following changes to the 2021 FASPE Journalism Fellowship:
The program will launch with a virtual workshop in the spring, and culminate with an intensive week in Germany and Poland in the fall, visiting key historical sites in Berlin and Krakow, as well the site of the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz. Fellows will participate in rigorous seminars led by experts in their respective fields and examine the roles their professional counterparts played in Germany and elsewhere from 1933-1945, and then draw on historical, cultural, philosophical, literary and discipline-specific sources to explore the ethical issues facing their fields today.
FASPE Journalism will begin with 3 consecutive days of virtual workshop on the following dates:
June 1 – 10:00am-4:00pm EST
June 2 – 10:00am-4:00pm EST
June 3 – 10:00am-4:00pm EST
These interactive and dynamic sessions will provide the opportunity to learn about the history of the Nazi-era from experts, to understand more deeply the significance of the sites we will visit, and to engage in challenging and thought-provoking discussion of contemporary ethical issues with Fellows, faculty, and guest speakers. The 3-day workshop will be followed by once-a-month 90 minute sessions on the following dates:
June 24 - 12:30-2:00pm EST
July 22 - 12:30-2:00pm EST
August 19 - 12:30-2:00pm EST
September 20 - 12:30-2:00pm EST
*Participation in the virtual programming is required in order to participate in the in-person travel portion of the program.
Travel to sites of historical significance in Germany and Poland will take place October 9-17, 2021.
*All participants must have received the COVID-19 vaccine prior to travel.
APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENSION: Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. Applicants will be notified of their status by the beginning of April.
FASPE Journalism Fellows examine topics such as:
- the complicity of German and foreign journalists in Nazi policies through inadequate coverage or outright misrepresentation of the crimes being committed
- the impact of technology on journalism
- the role of journalists in electoral politics and in holding power accountable
- the nature and propriety of advocacy journalism
- normalizing aberrant behavior through media coverage
- the challenge of reporting in an era in which fake news and accusations of “fake news” are common
- balancing the costs and benefits of access tactics to address ethical issues within the journalism community or media outlets
FASPE Journalism Fellows now work as editors, reporters, nonfiction writers, photojournalists, broadcasters and other professionals, across a wide range of media. Through their shared FASPE experience, Fellows form long-lasting relationships and deep bonds that grow over time. Journalism Fellows participate in formal and informal networks that provide support throughout their careers.
FASPE Journalism was initially developed in consultation with faculty at Columbia Journalism School.