U.S. Presidential Election Reporting Seminar


The East-West Center is now accepting applications for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election Reporting Seminar, which will bring together up to 10 multinational journalists for an immersive two week study and reporting tour examining the institutions and social forces that have led to this critical moment in the American political system. Travel to two swing state cities will provide an opportunity to explore key election issues such asthe domestic economy and growing inequality; globalization and international trade; government responses to COVID-19 and its socio-economic impacts; immigration; social change; and racial and religious identity. Should public health conditions allow, journalists may also have an opportunity to observe the 2020 presidential election taking place via election rallies and grassroots campaigning. The November 3rd Election Day program will include an in-depth look at the voting process as impacted by COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines and journalists will experience firsthand how traditional in-person voting and election night watch parties have been upended. Following the election, journalists will travel to Washington, DC to meet with government officials, analysts and other journalists to discuss the impact of the 2020 election on international trade agreements and geopolitical relations between the U.S. and those countries represented by the participating journalists. The Washington, DC program will additionally analyze the long-term impact of the 2020 presidential election on the American political party and electoral system. Finally, the role and impact of social and traditional media in the 2020 election will be explored.

Study Destinations:  Tampa, Florida; Lansing, Michigan; Washington, DC  

Funding:  Journalists are expected to cover seminar costs at a rate of USD $6,455/per person to be paid prior to the beginning of the seminar. Journalists are also responsible for their flights to and from their home cities to the United States as well as all meals not provided by the East-West Center, visa fees, health insurance and baggage fees. 

Eligibility:  Mid-career journalists from any country with at least five years or more of media experience. Media professionals from print, broadcast and online news organizations, including reporters, writers, editors, producers, columnists, editorial writers, and bloggers are eligible to apply. Freelancers are also eligible, but must clearly indicate how they intend to distribute stories generated as a result of the seminar. Fluency in English is required. 

Deadline:  Thursday, August 6, 2020

For more information, please visit the U.S. Presidential Election Reporting Seminar webpage.

You may also email seminars@eastwestcenter.org or call Liz A. Dorn at 619-417-7234.