06 April 2007
Eighteen Arab Media Managers to win a six-week fellowship in the US

Arab media managers and supervisors will have a unique opportunity this fall to enhance their leadership skills and find innovative solutions to the challenges they face in media management through a comprehensive six-week fellowship that will include intense training at the prestigious Northwestern University Media Management Center in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois and on-site placements at US media outlets across the country.

The fellowship program is organized and implemented by IREX and AmmanNet and is one element of MENA MEDIA, a three-year program aimed at enhancing independent media in the Arab region with support from the US Department of State's Middle East Partnership Initiative.

Media professionals with at least five years of media experience from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, West Bank and Gaza will be invited to apply. Up to 18 fellows will be selected this spring with participants traveling to the US in the fall.

As part of its commitment to encouraging the continued advancement of women in the region, in 2007 MEPI added funding for an additional six female participants. The original 12 fellowships will be open to competition by all applicants in the region.

The program will provide participants with the opportunity to develop leadership and management skills while experiencing different approaches to media management. The training will include courses on: Leadership, Strategic Planning, Marketing, Advertising, Electronic Media, Digital and Print Media, and Global Best Practices, among others. After the training, each fellow will complete a two-week fellowship with a mentor at an assigned US media outlet, which will consist of a number of different meetings, responsibilities, and levels of project involvement based on the expertise and goals of the fellow.

Applicants are required to have a high level of proficiency in written and spoken English. Deadline for applications is 30 April 2007.

For more details on the fellowship and to obtain an application, please visit http://www.irex-mena.org or http://www.ammannet.net/fellowship

IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development. Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of $50 million and a staff of over 500 professionals worldwide. IREX and its partner IREX Europe deliver cross-cutting programs and consulting expertise in more than 50 countries. For more information about IREX, visit http://www.irex.org.