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October 5, 2015
Digital Communication Network Exchange Program
Deadline: 11/15/2015
Region/Country: Europe, Central Asia
Digital Communication Network Exchange Program

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by World Learning, the Digital Communication Network exchange program is creating a collaborative network of journalists and communication professionals from across Europe and Central Asia, working together to strengthen communication skills through the development and dissemination of digital content. The program will focus on communication tools, and link, in an integrated fashion, journalism, social media, and civil society. 

Through this two-way exchange for communication professionals from Europe, Central Asia, and the United States, participants exchange ideas, strategies, and best practices regarding different facets of communication particularly as it applies to digital and online content. The program explores new models for public engagement while developing sustainable and enduring linkages with professional counterparts throughout Europe and Central Asia. 

A total of 25 participants will be selected through an open competition process to come to the United States for a four-week professional program scheduled for April 10th through May 7th, 2016. Participants should work and reside in one of the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, and Ukraine. 

The U.S.-based program will include an orientation and overview of the issues, a case study looking at different facets of communication with a focus on digital content, professional fellowship placements, training workshops (learning labs), and a closing session in Washington, D.C. 

To select the best candidates, World Learning will review applications based on clearly defined criteria, including: 

• English language competency 
• A minimum of two-years of professional experience in a relevant field
• Stated commitment to accurate and authentic reporting of news events
• Ability to disseminate information to a wide and diverse audience
• Willingness to utilize new media tools to amplify impact and outreach 
• Preferably have not traveled to the United States since May 2013

The application must be completed in English. The deadline for submitting the application is November 15, 2015. As a pre-condition for the application to be considered, applicants need to join the program's existing communication network at Digital Communication Network 

For more information and application form, please visit

Source: World Learning

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