US Embassy in Belmopan announces International Visitor Leadership Program for journalists
Twenty three journalists from around the world will be participating in the upcoming International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) through the US Embassy in Belmopan. The announcement from the embassy coincides with World Press Freedom Day. In June, the multi-regional delegation of 23 journalists will travel to Los Angeles, CA; Washington, D.C.; Tampa, FL; Bloomington and Indianapolis, IN; and Des Moines and Iowa City, IA, to focus on research and investigative journalism. According to the embassy, more than 200 emerging journalists from over 100 countries and territories will participate in the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists, the Department’s premier journalism exchange this year. In 2023, 13 cohorts of journalists will travel to the United States on a rolling basis, with the most recent delegation of international journalists arriving in late April from countries across the Middle East and North Africa as well as Sub-Saharan Africa, including: the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, and Tunisia. In June, the next cohort of international journalists from Albania, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Belize, Chile, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Morocco, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, and Zambia will arrive in the United States to participate in the Murrow Program. The delegation from African nations is focused on print and radio journalism, and will travel in small groups for professional meetings, workshops, and activities with their American counterparts in the media, as well as faculty and students at various journalism schools at U.S. institutions of higher education. They will travel to: Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; San Francisco, California; St. Petersburg, Florida; and Chicago, Illinois. While in these American cities, the delegation will engage on key issues facing journalism and journalists, best practices in reporting, as well as gain a greater understanding of how media work in the United States.