Media & Democracy in TransitionThe Open Hands Initiative believes that a free press and democratic values go hand in hand. We aim to encourage freedom of expression and to support democracies in transition by providing a platform on which to build a stronger, more independent press. Our programs not only help develop critical skills for aspiring reporters and foreign correspondents, but also offers a unique opportunity for young journalists to develop cross-border networks and professional ties that can last for decades.
The projects, also known as "Reporting Fellowships," revolve around comprehensive and in-depth training of writers, photographers, and videographers. Our fellowships, such as those in Egypt and Myanmar (Burma), are led by industry veterans and are comprised of: in-class lectures by both American and local experts in media, politics, economics, and culture; hands-on workshops that focus on technical details of each specialty area; and field work that accurately reflects what it's like working as a professional journalist. Upon completion of the fellowship, the young journalists have the chance to publish their work through our publishing partners and affiliates in the United States and abroad.
Learn more about the "Covering a Revolution" Reporting Fellowship in Egypt.