Professional Development Professional Development
Senior Journalists Seminar Senior Journalists Seminar

Launched in 2003, the Senior Journalists Seminar (SJS) is an immersive dialogue, study, and travel program intended to enhance media coverage and elevate the public debate regarding identity and religion’s role in and resulting impact on the public sphere.

Designed for senior print, radio, broadcast, online, multi-media, and photo journalists from the US and countries with substantial Muslim populations, SJS offers an opportunity for journalists to engage their peers, experts, and the citizens of those countries visited on issues that are thematically relevant  including:  the identity, treatment, and representation of minority and religious groups, specifically Muslims; the religiosity, religious diversity, and religious freedom/rights; the political context, structures, and policy influencers that shape domestic and foreign policymaking; the impact of religious and cultural identity on the national and political identity of citizens; and initiatives to reduce religious or racial/ethnic tensions, and domestic extremism.

Another key component of the Senior Journalists Seminar is the exploration of religious and minority identity within those countries visited and the role of art and pop culture in building bridges between and across communities. The media’s role in choosing, framing, and disseminating stories with a religious element and its effective shaping of public perception and US relations with the Muslim region is also explored.

SJS is a signature program at the EWC due to its demonstrated outcomes and impact:

  • Nuanced understanding of religion’s role in the public sphere, specifically as it concerns U.S. geopolitical and cultural relations with Muslim majority regions gained by participating journalists through discussions at the EWC and during study tour meetings with government, military and business officials, religious leaders, academics, journalists, authors, artists, filmmakers, musicians, educators and students, and community activists.
  • Informed regional perspective of religion’s role in the public sphere in the countries represented by participating journalists through their engagement with one another throughout the seminar and beyond via social media.
  • Development of reliable professional and personal information networks upon which journalists may draw for future coverage and analysis of U.S. relations with Muslim majority regions.
  • Enhanced media coverage and increased public awareness of religious and minority experiences, religion’s role in the public sphere, and U.S. relations with Muslim majority regions through:
    • interactive dialogue between SJS participants and outreach to local communities via panel discussions, student forums, interviews with local media, observance of religious services and interaction with adherents, host family dinners, art and cultural activities, and public events;
    • tweets, blog postings and stories written, produced, and edited by participating journalists;
    • greater depth and balance to future media coverage of stories with a religious element.

To date, 195 journalists from 23 countries have participated.

Eligibility

Media professionals from print, broadcast, online, and multi-media news organizations, including editors, reporters, columnists, editorial writers, producers, bloggers, videographers, and photo journalists with a minimum of ten years of experience are eligible to apply. The Senior Journalists Seminars will include a total of 6-12 journalists from the United States and countries with substantial Muslim populations. Journalists who cover foreign and diplomatic relations, security, military affairs, domestic politics and government, religion, human rights issues, culture, and the arts are eligible.

Journalists covering all relevant beats from the following countries are eligible to apply:  Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Burma, China, India, Iran, Iraq, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States.

In addition to the list of countries above, journalists who specifically cover art and/or culture, including race and/or minority issues, from the following countries are also eligible to apply: Algeria, Belgium, Canada, Chad, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Mali, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom, and Yemen.

Successful candidates represent the diversity of religions (e.g. covered and non-covered Muslims, Buddhists, Catholics, Christians, Hindus, and Jews), ethnicities, and regional differences within the United States, Africa, Europe, the Near and Middle East, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. Preference is given to those journalists who offer compelling story ideas and clear dissemination strategies. Fluency in English is required as is full Covid-19 vaccination.


2023 Senior Journalists Seminar

Washington, DC; Honolulu, HI; Jakarta, Indonesia; Bangkok, Thailand

2021 Senior Journalists Seminar (Virtual)

Washington, DC; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2019 Senior Journalists Seminar

Washington, DC; Chicago, Illinois; Dhaka & Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh; Istanbul, Turkey

Launched in 2003, the Senior Journalists Seminar (SJS) is an immersive dialogue, study, and travel program intended to enhance media coverage and elevate the public debate regarding identity and religion’s role in and resulting impact on the public sphere.

Designed for senior print, radio, broadcast, online, multi-media, and photo journalists from the US and countries with substantial Muslim populations, SJS offers an opportunity for journalists to engage their peers, experts, and the citizens of those countries visited on issues that are thematically relevant  including:  the identity, treatment, and representation of minority and religious groups, specifically Muslims; the religiosity, religious diversity, and religious freedom/rights; the political context, structures, and policy influencers that shape domestic and foreign policymaking; the impact of religious and cultural identity on the national and political identity of citizens; and initiatives to reduce religious or racial/ethnic tensions, and domestic extremism.

Another key component of the Senior Journalists Seminar is the exploration of religious and minority identity within those countries visited and the role of art and pop culture in building bridges between and across communities. The media’s role in choosing, framing, and disseminating stories with a religious element and its effective shaping of public perception and US relations with the Muslim region is also explored.

SJS is a signature program at the EWC due to its demonstrated outcomes and impact:

  • Nuanced understanding of religion’s role in the public sphere, specifically as it concerns U.S. geopolitical and cultural relations with Muslim majority regions gained by participating journalists through discussions at the EWC and during study tour meetings with government, military and business officials, religious leaders, academics, journalists, authors, artists, filmmakers, musicians, educators and students, and community activists.
  • Informed regional perspective of religion’s role in the public sphere in the countries represented by participating journalists through their engagement with one another throughout the seminar and beyond via social media.
  • Development of reliable professional and personal information networks upon which journalists may draw for future coverage and analysis of U.S. relations with Muslim majority regions.
  • Enhanced media coverage and increased public awareness of religious and minority experiences, religion’s role in the public sphere, and U.S. relations with Muslim majority regions through:
    • interactive dialogue between SJS participants and outreach to local communities via panel discussions, student forums, interviews with local media, observance of religious services and interaction with adherents, host family dinners, art and cultural activities, and public events;
    • tweets, blog postings and stories written, produced, and edited by participating journalists;
    • greater depth and balance to future media coverage of stories with a religious element.

To date, 195 journalists from 23 countries have participated.

Eligibility

Media professionals from print, broadcast, online, and multi-media news organizations, including editors, reporters, columnists, editorial writers, producers, bloggers, videographers, and photo journalists with a minimum of ten years of experience are eligible to apply. The Senior Journalists Seminars will include a total of 6-12 journalists from the United States and countries with substantial Muslim populations. Journalists who cover foreign and diplomatic relations, security, military affairs, domestic politics and government, religion, human rights issues, culture, and the arts are eligible.

Journalists covering all relevant beats from the following countries are eligible to apply:  Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Burma, China, India, Iran, Iraq, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States.

In addition to the list of countries above, journalists who specifically cover art and/or culture, including race and/or minority issues, from the following countries are also eligible to apply: Algeria, Belgium, Canada, Chad, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Mali, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom, and Yemen.

Successful candidates represent the diversity of religions (e.g. covered and non-covered Muslims, Buddhists, Catholics, Christians, Hindus, and Jews), ethnicities, and regional differences within the United States, Africa, Europe, the Near and Middle East, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. Preference is given to those journalists who offer compelling story ideas and clear dissemination strategies. Fluency in English is required as is full Covid-19 vaccination.


2023 Senior Journalists Seminar

Washington, DC; Honolulu, HI; Jakarta, Indonesia; Bangkok, Thailand

2021 Senior Journalists Seminar (Virtual)

Washington, DC; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2019 Senior Journalists Seminar

Washington, DC; Chicago, Illinois; Dhaka & Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh; Istanbul, Turkey