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News Corp to offer an internship to Mexican journalists

MUMBAI: In its first initiative with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), US media conglomerate News Corp will open The Wall Street Journal newsroom and resources to five Mexican journalists for an immersive, month-long summer fellowship.

The News Corp Fellows will have the opportunity to focus on access to information, freedom of expression and digital technology at a leading global business news outlet.

Journalists from a wide range of Mexican news organisations will experience firsthand the workings of a fast-paced digital news operation. By shadowing Journal reporters and editors from different departments each week, they will gain new skills and strategies. ICFJ will administer the programme.

News Corp CEO Robert Thomson said, “Today’s journalists must thrive in an environment characterized not only by rapid digital transformation, but also one that requires coverage of events across increasingly unsettled and dangerous terrain. We are honoured to work with ICFJ on this programme, through which journalists can learn new skills that help them navigate the challenges of our time”.

English-speaking journalists from news organisations in Mexico are eligible, including videographers, newsroom editors, bloggers and graphic reporters. The five selected for the programme will attend an orientation at ICFJ headquarters in Washington, D.C., before heading to The Wall Street Journal in New York.

At the orientation, the News Corp Fellows will explore issues concerning freedom of the press and learn how U.S. journalists interact with government institutions. The Fellows will also visit think tanks in the nation’s capital as well as government agencies.

ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan said, “The timing of this programme is perfect. News Corp is providing an extraordinary opportunity for Mexican journalists to gain the tools needed to increase transparency and government accountability.”

The ICFJ is a Philanthropy Partner of News Corp for 2014.