Journalism in the Era of Disinformation Fellowship

The Journalism in the Era of Disinformation Fellowship (JED) Fellowship gives student journalists from the United States and Germany the opportunity to meet their peers and learn about the role that disinformation plays in political coverage in both countries.

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).

Each year, up to 10 German and 10 American journalism students will be selected to participate in this exchange initiative, which focuses on political coverage in the U.S. and Germany and analyzes the trend of “fake news”. By exchanging ideas with distinguished experts and key institutions in the U.S. and by analyzing the similar ways disinformation is seen in the media of both countries, the group of journalists will come up with solutions for counteracting this trend.

This program will:

  • Give student journalists a platform to discuss with experts in the field and one another the threats posed by disinformation
  • Give student journalists an opportunity to make suggestions for ways to counteract disinformation, particularly in new media and social media
  • Allow journalists to bring lessons learned home and share with a wider audience through presentations and reports

The 2020 JED program had been postponed to May 2021.
The fellowship will take place as a virtual program over a two-week time span.
Week 1: Tuesday May 18 to Friday May 21, 2021
Week 2: Tuesday May 25 to Friday May 28, 2021

Participants from both countries will attend all program events and meetings together. Due to the six-hour time difference, the daily meetings take place in the morning from 10 to 11:30 a.m. ET (7 to 8:30 a.m. PT) for participants in the U.S. or in the afternoon, respectively, from 16:00 – 17:30 for participants in Germany.

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What's Included

  • Discussions with high-level contacts at various media, think tanks, and political institutions, focusing on the role of journalism in the age of disinformation
  • Transatlantic workshop to develop suggestions for counteracting the increasing role of disinformation in media
  • Membership in Cultural Vistas Alumni Network


  • You are a student, enrolled in a university or higher education institution in the U.S. or Germany, at the time of application
  • You possess citizenship or permanent residence in your country of study
  • You are interested in pursuing political coverage (local, state, or federal) in your career as a journalist
  • You have previous experience as an intern or employee in a media setting
  • Candidates outside of Berlin, Hamburg, New York, and Washington, D.C. are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Candidates with limited or no previous international experience are especially encouraged to apply

Participant Expectations

Following the exchange, each student will:

  • Submit a report to a local news medium, analyzing the role of disinformation in political coverage in the media
  • Give at least one presentation to their fellow journalism students or to a wider audience via an online medium
  • Work with the other exchange participants to suggest strategies for counteracting the influence of disinformation in news media
  • Summarize these strategies in a final publication, which will be shared with journalism students in both countries

Program White Papers

Read and download white papers summarizing reflections on the phenomena of “Fake News” and disinformation written by alumni of the Journalism in the Era of Disinformation Fellowship.