America’s role and influence in the world is a hotly debated issue these days in Congress, in politics, at the United Nations and in Middle East negotiations.
Ten international journalists from the World Press Institute (WPI) will attempt to shed some light on the topic at a forum, “Inside Out: How International Journalists View America’s Global Footprint,” that will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Woulfe Alumni Hall of the Anderson Student Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.
Free and open to the public, the forum will be moderated by Duchesne Drew, managing editor for operations of the Star Tribune. The event is co-sponsored by the Star Tribune and the University of St. Thomas College of Arts and Sciences.
The journalists, from 10 countries across the globe, have just spent nine weeks in the United States studying, traveling and meeting with dozens of political, business, policy and community leaders as well as other journalists.
Their visits included farms in southwestern Minnesota, a community meeting in Ely and trips to New York, Washington, D.C., Miami, Tampa, Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle.
The 2013 World Press Institute Fellows are:
The World Press Institute is a nonprofit organization based in the Twin Cities. It has been offering fellowships to international journalists since 1961 and it has 550 alumni in more than 95 countries. The program’s mission is to promote journalistic professionalism and best practices outside the United States by exposing young and mid-career journalists from across the globe to the rich diversity of the United States, its media and its people, while at the same time encouraging adherence to the journalistic values of transparency, independence, accuracy and holding powerful institutions accountable.
More information and photos of the 2013 fellows can be found here.