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Call for Applications for Daniel Pearl Fellowship for Journalists

Six-month fellowships under auspices of Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships available for print journalists. Deadline for receipt of applications September 1, 2004.

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 26, 2004 - The Daniel Pearl Foundation and the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships (AFPF) are pleased to announce the expansion of the Daniel Pearl Fellowship program to two paid fellowships for journalists from South Asia, the Middle East or North Africa.  Each fellow will work from March September 2005 in a U.S. newsroom.  Applications are now available online at www.pressfellowships.org/application.html and are due at AFPF by September 1, 2004.

The Daniel Pearl Fellowship (DPF) is underwritten by the Daniel Pearl Foundation and administered by AFPF, the program created by Alfred Friendly, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning former managing editor of The Washington Post.  It is an opportunity for promising, mid-career foreign journalists to work for six months in a U.S. newsroom Danny knew, to work with Danny's colleagues, and get to know the U.S. press from the inside. 

Daniel Pearl Fellowships are for journalists who exemplify the spirit and professionalism of their namesake, a foreign correspondent noted for his open-minded coverage of the Muslim world and gift for portraying the human side of complex international problems.  Daniel Pearl wrote objectively and often about the hardships and aspirations of people in Islamic countries.

While strong preference for the Daniel Pearl Fellowships will be given to journalists from Pakistan, applications will also be considered from areas where Daniel Pearl worked as a journalist. Eligible countries this year are Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, the West Bank and Gaza, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE and Yemen.  

In addition to all AFPF application materials, applicants for the DPF must submit an additional statement describing how their career goals match the mission and spirit of Daniel Pearl as a journalist and person. Successful DPF candidates will also be Alfred Friendly Press Fellows. Joining 224 AFPF alumni from 73 countries, they will have to meet the program's traditional criteria, among which are fluent English, at least three years of news-gathering experience and employment at a non-governmental publication in their own countries.

Mr. Fasih Ahmed, an editor for the Lahore, Pakistan-based Friday Times and Daily Times, was the first Daniel Pearl Fellow.  From June to November 2003, Ahmed worked in the Washington bureau of The Wall Street Journa l, where Danny worked from 1993 to 1996.

Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships
The Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships, set up in 1983 to train foreign journalists in US newsrooms, assists promising young and mid-career journalists from developing-world countries where press freedom is newly established or at least in prospect by immersing them in the day-to-day practices of the American press.  The program, among whose graduates are top editors in Colombia, Croatia, Ghana, Hungary, Indonesia, Malawi, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, the Philippines, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda and Zimbabwe, is unique in US journalism education in the length of stay and the hands-on training it provides. Successful AFPF applicants receive a six-month, in-depth, practical introduction to US print media, working as staff reporters in American newsrooms in major (or mid-size) cities. For additional information please visit www.pressfellowships.org.

About the Daniel Pearl Foundation
The Daniel Pearl Foundation was formed in 2002 in memory of journalist Daniel Pearl to promote the ideals that inspired his life and work.  The world came to know Daniel Pearl as The Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered by terrorists in Karachi, Pakistan.  Since then, he has been remembered more for his humanity and love of life than his senseless death.  The Daniel Pearl Foundation works domestically and internationally to promote cross-cultural understanding, to combat cultural and religious hatred, to encourage responsible and creative journalism, and to enrich people's lives through music.  For more information please visit www.danielpearl.org.

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