Journalism Students: Apply Now for an International Fellowship Focused on Curbing Fake News

The frustrations and pervasiveness of disinformation in the news media are prevalent on both sides of the Atlantic but each side has its own unique perspectives on the phenomenon of #FakeNews and how best to address it.

To help unite these perspectives into a more effective strategy, the Journalism in the Era of Disinformation Fellowship (JED Fellowship) annually brings together eight German and eight American journalism students for a weeklong program in Washington, D.C. and New York City.

The 2019 class of the Journalism in the Era of Disinformation (JED) Fellowship pose for a group photo during their orientation in Washington, D.C.

Fellows meet with news outlets, fellow journalists, and media experts to discuss the role of disinformation in political news coverage in the U.S. and Europe as well as explore strategies to counteract its rise. Since the inaugural program in 2018, the JED Fellows have met with representatives from some of the most important media publications and organizations, including:

– The Associated Press – National Public Radio
– The New York Times – Politifact
– The Washington Post – Axios
– CUNY Graduate School of Journalism – National Association for Media Literacy Education

Applications for the program’s third year will be accepted until January 15, 2020.

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What’s Included:

  • Fully-funded, 1-week intensive program to equip American and German journalism students with the skills necessary to navigate today’s media landscape, while maintaining the highest standards of integrity, professionalism, and fact-based reporting
  • Participating students will take part in a transatlantic workshop with their American and German counterparts that will explore and address possible solutions to counteract the rise of disinformation in the news media
  • Round-trip travel and accommodations
A significant element of the inaugural JED program was discussing the difficulties of local news coverage at the 2017 Charlottesville Unite the Right Rally. Above, the 2018 JED Fellows visit the Charlottesville Newsplex less than nine months after the white supremacist and Neo-Nazi rally that took place in the small Virginia town.

Program Details


New York City and Washington, D.C.


May 16-22, 2020

Who’s Eligible:

  • U.S. and German university students studying journalism or a related field focusing on political news coverage in their emerging careers; recent graduates in these fields are also eligible to apply
  • Candidates outside of major news hubs, and those with limited or no prior international experience are encouraged to apply

Application Deadline:

January 15, 2020


Transatlantic Program of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany - European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi)
The JED Fellowship is funded by the Transatlantic Program of the government of the Federal Republic of Germany through funds of the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).

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