This exchange offers U.S. and Pakistani journalists an opportunity to gain on-the-ground insights and firsthand information about the countries they visit through meetings with policymakers, government and military officials, business and civil society leaders, and a diverse group of other community members. All participants meet at the East-West Center in Hawaii before and after their study tours for dialogues focused on sensitive issues between the two countries; preconceived attitudes among the public and media in both the United States and Pakistan; new perspectives gained through their study tours; and how media coverage between the two countries can be improved. Ten Pakistani journalists will travel to the United States and ten U.S. journalists will travel to Pakistan.
Pakistan: Professional print, broadcast (radio and TV), and online journalists in Pakistan who meet the following eligibility requirements: Working in Urdu or local language media; No previous travel experience in the United States; Minimum five years working experience; Ability to communicate in English in a professional, multi-cultural environment; Citizen of Pakistan. American: Professional print, broadcast (radio and TV), and online journalists with a minimum of five years experience. Must be an American citizen. Preference will be given to journalists who have not previously traveled to Pakistan.