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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 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 as influencers 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 12 to 18 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.

2019 FASPE Journalism Program Dates: May 25, 2019 – June 7, 2019 (Program starts in the evening of May 25.)
Applications for FASPE Journalism 2019 are now closed. To learn more about the application process please go here.

To view photos of the 2018 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.