More than 500 print and broadcast journalists have studied at the DeWitt Wallace Center from the United States and abroad. Fellows study public policy, politics, international affairs, environment, economics, history, business, law, and new media technologies. The program provides an opportunity for journalists with some experience to enhance and expand their skills and interests.
The DeWitt Wallace Center’s Media Fellows Program provides a unique opportunity for reporters, producers, editors and news executives to:
- take time out from daily deadlines to deepen their understanding of substantive issues, such as economics, politics, international relations, domestic policy, environmental affairs, or new media technology
- work on a special project, study another language, prepare for a new assignment
- design an independent study plan including regular University classes, special seminars, lectures and cultural events
- exchange information with other reporters, producers, editors and news executives from all over the world
- examine the rights and responsibilities of the news media in democracy
The Media Fellows Program invites news practitioners and policymakers from all over the world to study at Duke University for varying lengths of stay—from a few weeks to an entire academic year. Fellows have included representatives from major print and broadcast media in the United States, Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the former Soviet Union. U.S. Fellows typically stay for one month each and regularly have come from a variety of news outlets including The New York Times and The Washington Post, and other local and regional newspapers. International Fellows might stay for longer periods.
The purpose of the program is to enable print, broadcast and online journalists and news executives from the U.S. and abroad to come together in an academic environment to study substantive issues, exchange views with other journalists, and examine the role of the news media in a democracy.