Digital Communication Network Fall 2017 Exchange
Over the last year, nearly 50 fellows from 18 countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia participated in our exchange program with the goal of exploring the ways that digital information technology has impacted our way of life from e-governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, social movements, and the media. The program alumni created the Digital Communication Network (digicomnet), an international association to connect professionals in the digital age from a variety of backgrounds in order to generate ideas, tools, and products for media outlets, civil society organizations, businesses, and government. Now, over 3,100 members of the digicomnet engage in cross-sector learning and the promotion of a free flow of quality information across borders. Since the first program in October 2015, digicomnet organized a variety of events in Moldova, Estonia, Lithuania, Armenia, Poland, and Ukraine, and is working on upcoming forums in Serbia and Romania.
A total of 16 participants will be selected through an open competition process to come to the United States for an 18-day long professional program, scheduled from October 1-18, 2017.
Participants should work and reside in one of the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Ukraine. Selection will be based on the overall quality of the candidates, as well as their willingness and preparedness to make a contribution to the program. Please note that not all countries will be represented. Candidates from other countries should not apply.
Candidates for the program should be communication professionals, either with a journalistic or entrepreneurial background. They should work for media organizations (traditional or new), communication companies, NGOs and social movements, or e-governments focusing on delivering media methods and using new tools of digital communications. Priority will be given to candidates who demonstrate an interest and capacity to develop or transform organizations for the digital age, and/or to create new digital communication products.
Additional selection criteria include:
• English language competency
• Minimum two years professional experience in a relevant field
• Stated commitment to free and fair information flow
• Ability to disseminate information to a wide and diverse audience
• No travel within the United States since October 2014 (preferred)
The application must be completed entirely in English. The deadline for submitting the application is July 29, 2017. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive. As a precondition for the application to be considered, applicants must join the program’s existing communication network, digicomnet. No application will be considered unless the candidate is part of the network.
Please note that due to the anticipated volume of applicants, we will only contact semi-finalists. No calls please.
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