News Corp is partnering with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) for the third annual News Corp Media Fellowship to open its newsrooms and resources to international reporters and editors for an immersive, hands-on experience. This time the program will bring two journalists from India to The Wall Street Journal in New York for one month in the fall.
The News Corp Media Fellows will experience firsthand the workings of a fast-paced digital news operation at a global news outlet. By shadowing Journal reporters and editors from different departments each week, they will learn key elements of a digital newsroom, from integration to mobile to product development to video production.
News Corp has previously partnered with ICFJ to bring journalists from Mexico and Russia to the company’s newsrooms in New York and London.
“We are honored to work with ICFJ to help Indian journalists learn new ways to navigate the unique challenges facing the media in our world today,” said News Corp Chief Executive Robert Thomson. “Digital and global expansion is rapidly transforming the news business, making fellowship programs like this one all the more significant for the journalists of tomorrow and the news organizations in which they work. We will also learn much through the exchange, as India will certainly be a growing part of our editorial coverage and of our business.”
News Corp has a presence in India through its Dow Jones, Wall Street Journal and HarperCollins Publishers businesses, and in recent years has acquired VCCircle and BigDecisions.com, and has a stake in PropTiger.com.
The News Corp Fellowship will include sessions on digital tools, social media, data journalism and visualization as well as meetings with newsroom managers and experts on digital business models and news innovation. To complement the four-week program at News Corp headquarters, ICFJ will hold a special three-day orientation in Washington, D.C.
At the orientation in September, the News Corp Fellows will explore new digital trends, including tools used for social media engagement and video production. They will also visit digital media organizations in the nation’s capital.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity for Indian journalists to gain the tools needed to create more in-depth and innovative coverage that engages audiences,” said ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan. “We are grateful to News Corp for providing this unparalleled experience.”
ICFJ is a Philanthropy Partner of News Corp for 2016.