INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISM

          International journalism is typically classified as any form of journalism that involves foreign journalists, that takes place internationally, or that deals with international affairs. The International Journalism Committee strives to protect and expand international journalism and promote the unrestrained practice of journalism in all countries. The committee finds methods to bring foreign journalists to the United States and send American journalists overseas for fellowships, conferences, and other educational purposes.

            The Society of Professional Journalists has several of the fellowships available to American journalists. There is a fellowship offered on almost every continent. The International Center for Journalists offers a fellowship that gives journalists the job of tracking the details of an individual, detailed story. Implicating a worldwide concern of international importance, the journalists will have to investigate the facts on the chosen issues using different journalism techniques.

            With the ambition to improve human condition via advanced journalism, the International Center for Journalists supports several fellowships available for American journalists and international journalists. Some international fellowships and journalism assignments, however, are not as safe and fascinating as most people imagine.

              Robert Leger wrote, in A Dangerous Job, about the journalists’ responsibilities in the fight for freedom and the serious risks involved. Unfortunately, the loss of a journalist is not unusual. “In recent years, more than three dozen reporters were killed while doing their jobs. They asked questions, looked at records and reported what they found. The journalists didn’t put on a uniform or carry a weapon, but they, too, were fighting for freedom.”

         A handful of countries, including Lebanon, require the purchase of special insurance before getting accredited as a journalist. Most freelancers going into conflict situations cross their fingers and hope for the best. “A lightly saner alternative — the sanest, of course, would be to stay out of places where you’re likely to get killed or wounded — is to buy emergency medical evacuation and repatriation insurance. It can be hard to find an insurance company that looks kindly on people going into war zones, but they do exist. Aid organizations, for example, are frequent customers, as are missionaries.”

Although the opportunities and possibilities are vast, there are risks involved.

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