Reporting on Cross-Border Issues of Mutual Concern


A series of workshops for Indian and Pakistani Journalists in Kathmandu

Now Accepting Applications until January 13, 2020!

The East-West Center is excited to announce four workshops it is offering next year in Kathmandu for Pakistani and Indian journalists. The focus will be “Reporting on Cross-Border Issues of Mutual Concern.”

Each weeklong workshop will focus on a different topic. Applying journalists can participate in one workshop. See application instructions below.

One journalist from each country will work together as a team on a cross-border media story to be published or broadcast within three months after the workshop ends. Stories can be run by their news organizations or other media outlets and websites.

Program: Expert U.S. and Asian media trainers will lead sessions on best practices in reporting the workshop topic; cross-border collaboration techniques; multimedia skills and technology in the newsroom; data-base and investigative reporting; and other skills and issues. The cross-border teams will map out their collaborative stories during the weeklong workshop.

Program themes/dates: 1) Economy, trade and entrepreneurism on March 22-29; 2) Environment, ecology, related science tentatively in June; 3) Agriculture, food production, water-sharing tentatively in September; and 4) Health, related science tentatively in December. Applicants must identify which workshop they are applying for.

Who can apply? Working print, broadcast, and on-line journalists in India and Pakistan. At least 5 years of experience preferred. Free-lance journalists must show work that has been published or broadcast in media outlets over the past year. Applicants must have the ability to communicate in English in a professional environment. Participants are not expected to be specialists on the workshop topics but experience in reporting/editing these topics will strengthen applications.

Number of participants: 10 journalists from each country (total 20 participants) will be chosen for each workshop. A selection committee will choose all 80 participants for the four workshops from this initial application period. Journalists must signify what workshop they want to attend in their application.  

Program requirements: (1) Each cross-border team will plan a collaborative story during the weeklong workshop in Kathmandu. When journalists return to their home countries, they will continue to collaborate with their team member and complete the cross-border story for publication or broadcast within three months after the workshop finishes; (2) Participants will be required to submit a 2-page paper on an issue in their country that falls under the workshop topic before the workshop begins and also give a short panel presentation on the topic; (3) join social media groups with workshop participants; (4) complete program surveys and evaluations. 

Funding: This program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by the East-West Center, a public, non-profit organization.

Application Deadline: January 13, 2020

About East-West Center Journalism Programs:  Based in Honolulu, Hawaii the East-West Center has offered media programs for U.S. and Asia Pacific journalists for 52 years. More than 4,000 journalists have participated in EWC journalist exchanges, study tours, conferences, dialogues and training, including many from India and Pakistan. Our programs offer journalists an opportunity to gather firsthand information and perspectives, build information networks and improve professional skills to enhance their reporting. The Center has led cross-border media programs across Asia for the last 15 years, including several projects between Pakistani and Indian journalists.

Apply Now! Deadline: January 13, 2020



Eligibility:  The workshops are open to working print, broadcast, and online journalists in India and Pakistan. A minimum five years of professional experience is preferred. Applicants must have the ability to communicate in English in a professional environment. Free-lance journalists must show work that has been published or broadcast in media outlets over the past year. Experience in reporting/editing stories related to the workshop theme is not required but will strengthen applications.

Program provides: Roundtrip economy airfare, hotel accommodation, ground transportation, meals, modest allowance for incidentals, visa fees if required. Participants will also receive a modest allowance to spend on story-related expenses when they return to their home country.

Required Documents: Submit the following forms by email to Please only submit what is required.

  1. Fill out the workshop application form.
  • Download application form and save a copy of it to your computer
  • Fill out the form and save it one more time before sending it as an attachment with the other application materials listed below
  1. Letter of Interest (maximum three pages, double-spaced) that includes:
  • A brief description of your news organization and your role.
  • Clear articulation of the relevance of the workshop topic and the importance of the topic to your viewers, readers, and listeners.
  • Topic you propose to address in your 2-page (maximum) paper and presentation during the workshop. This should be a perspective from your own country on an issue or issues related to the workshop theme.
  • What story issues you want to explore during the workshop that your team can consider for your cross-border story.
  • Clear articulation of why cross-border media collaboration between the two countries is important for viewers, readers, and listeners in your country; and how this cross-border workshop will enhance your work as a journalist.
  1. “Employer’s Statement of Support” completed by your supervisor/employer showing you have permission to attend the workshop. Free-lance journalists must also submit the Employer’s Statement of Support form. Please write “Freelancer” for employer name. Follow the same instructions as the application: copy form on your computer; fill out form on your computer; save it as a PDF; attach PDF to email.
  2. Letter of recommendation on official letterhead from your supervisor/employer describing your suitability for the workshop and the benefit your organization hopes to derive from your participation in the program. Free-lance journalists should send a letter on official letterhead from a media organization that regularly accepts and publishes or airs your work.
  3. References: Names, titles, addresses, phone/fax numbers and e-mail of three people who may be contacted by the East-West Center as references.


Contact Information

Susan Kreifels
Media Program Manager
East-West Center
1601 East East Road
Honolulu, HI 96848-1601 USA
Phone: (808) 944-7176

The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding between the United States and nations of the Asia Pacific region through cooperative research, education and professional development programs.