FASPE journalism session at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.
FASPE journalism session at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

Journalism Program

I learned more about journalistic ethics in the 12 days that I spent in New York, Germany and Poland with my fellow FASPEans than I have in the past year of journalism school.
Samantha Pickette
2014 FASPE Journalism Fellow

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 Fellows examine the motivations and conduct of German and international journalists in promoting or misreporting Nazi policies. FASPE then draws on these historical examples to help Journalism Fellows grasp their role and responsibility as individuals with influence in their communities; and to encourage them to identify and confront the ethical issues currently facing journalists and media institutions at large.

Each year, FASPE Journalism awards fellowships to 13 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 Medical and Seminary 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 fit into one of the following two categories: 1) have some journalistic experience (whether in a college newsroom or otherwise) and be enrolled in a graduate program of any kind and planning to work as a journalist; OR 2) be working as a journalist with less than 10 years of professional experience.

Preference will be given to candidates who have journalistic work that has been published or aired by a recognized news organization.

FASPE seeks Fellows who 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 values inclusive environments, and welcomes applicants of all religious, political, and socioeconomic backgrounds as well as gender identities. FASPE seeks Journalism Fellows with diverse interests and backgrounds, including those pursuing careers as reporters, editors, photojournalists, documentarians, or other forms of storytelling in local, national, and international contexts. Fellows are selected 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.

DATES FOR THE 2024 JOURNALISM PROGRAM: June 21, 2024 - July 5, 2024

We are no longer accepting applications for 2024 FASPE Fellowships.
To learn more about the 2025 program, please fill out a brief form

To view photos of the 2023 Journalism program and read about the experience, please go here.

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
Newsstand in the Free City of Danzig, 1937.Swiss National Library / Annemarie Schwarzenbach / SLA-Schwarzenbach-A-5-13/060

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.

For more information on how to apply to FASPE Journalism, please click here.