Q&A Series with CEEJ Fellows Pt 3: Petra Buljan

The following information and answers were submitted by Petra Buljan, she is a journalist with Nova TV in Croatia. She is an incoming Central and Eastern European Journalism Program (CEEJ) Fellow. The CEEJ program was postponed and the fellows will be arriving in the U.S. to begin their fellowship in the spring. Until then they will be participating in a webinar series and will be highlighted through a CEEJ blog post series.  What is your topic/content or medium (print, broadcast, etc) interests and why? I work at a TV station and I mainly cover politics. For me, TV was...

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Q&A Series with CEEJ Fellows Pt 2: Yordan Yochev

The following information and answers were submitted by Yordan Yochev, he has been a journalist for more than 14 years.He is an incoming Central and Eastern European Journalism Program (CEEJ) Fellow. The CEEJ program was postponed and the fellows will be arriving in the U.S. to begin their fellowship in the spring. Until then they will be participating in a webinar series and will be highlighted through a CEEJ blog post series.  I was born in a small rural town with about 20,000 citizens. I graduated from a language high school and after that, I have a Bachelor’s degree...

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Q&A Series with CEEJ Fellows Pt 1: Iliyana Dimitrova

The following information and answers were submitted by Iliyana Dimitrova, she is an International News Editor at bTV, Bulgaria. She is an incoming Central and Eastern European Journalism Program (CEEJ) Fellow. The CEEJ program was postponed and the fellows will be arriving in the U.S. to begin their fellowship in the spring. Until then they will be participating in a webinar series and will be highlighted through our CEEJ blog post series.  “It will be easy when you know how to do it!” That was the first piece of advice one of my first teachers in journalism gave me....

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Press freedom is a global security and foreign policy priority

With China, Russia and Cuba leveraging Twitter to rally support of President Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship in Venezuela, and Iran-linked social media accounts spreading anti-Saudi sentiments while anti-Rohingya propaganda online fuels violence and displacement in Myanmar, the Internet is the new battleground for authoritarian governments. As fake news saturates the digital sphere, online sources of information have become less reliable, the public has grown more susceptible to propaganda, and democracy is increasingly in danger. Now more than ever, we need to ensure that journalists around the globe are well trained and invest in freedom of the press, which is in the best international...

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The Truth Wins Hearts and Minds: Journalist Exchange Shifts Views of U.S.

The world has never needed truth more than it does today, Secretary of State John Kerry remarked to a group of journalists earlier this month. His remarks came in early November 2016 at the beginning of the U.S. Department of State’s Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists, a 3-week professional exchange for journalists from around the world. Journalists are our truth-tellers and purveyors of nuance in a world becoming increasingly polarized. Continue