Post-Suspension 2020 – Journalism Training Programs in Oxford October to December – Application deadline is 14 May
Vienna (OTS) – After a year of Corona break, the APA – Austria news agency announces again the Alfred Geiringer scholarship for 2021. The training program includes a period of study at the Green College of the University of Oxford and participation in the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s exclusive journalism training program. Applications are possible until 14 May.
The study visit is expected to take place in Oxford from October to December 2021, subject to changes due to the pandemic. The journalism training program in the UK campus offers three focal points: Participants write an academic paper on a topic of their choice relating to media, regularly attend seminars and occasional special courses, and, under the motto ‘human contacts’, can make contacts with faculty and students, media specialists and liaison professionals. In addition, study trips are made to major London media companies, such as Reuters, BBC or CNN, as well as to political institutions such as the House of Commons and the Royal Institute of International Affairs.
The call is open to colleagues from the entire sector in Austria. Applicants for the Geiringer Scholarship must work full-time for an Austrian medium and have at least five years of experience in journalism. Good English is also a requirement. Applications must be sent to the APA Editor-in-Chief by May 14, 2021.
The documents required for the application are the completed application form, at least one application justification page that includes an exposure of the research work planned at the Thomson Reuters Foundation and a curriculum vitae. Documents must be submitted in English. The APA editor-in-chief and chief executive officer makes a preselection, after which the final decision is made by a committee of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The APA bears the costs of the study visit.
Alfred Geiringer, who gave the scholarship its name, has laid the groundwork for the independence of the APA since 1946, of which the news agency is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Geiringer emigrated from Austria in 1938 and returned in 1945 as Reuters European Editor. The APA significantly owes him the detachment of nearly a century of state ties and the transformation into a news agency that today is committed exclusively to the principles of independence, reliability and balance. Thanks to Geiringer’s grassroots work, the APA is now one of the small group of approximately 20 agencies around the world that are privately owned by the media, while the vast majority of news agencies, around 90%, are owned state or state controlled.
The APA then decided in 2001 to set up a journalistic training fund in Geiringer’s name. The scholarship goes to employees of the Austrian media and APA itself. Previous Geiringer fellows were Hedwig Kainberger (“Salzburger Nachrichten”), Monika Graf (APA, now “Salzburger Nachrichten”), Alexandra Föderl-Schmid (“Der Standard” , now “Süddeutsche Zeitung”), Gianluca Wallisch (APA, now “Der Standard”), Alexandra Frech (APA), Eva Weissenberger (then “Kleine Zeitung”), Judith Högerl (APA), Monika Kalcsics (ORF), Christoph Griessner (APA), Anna-Maria Wallner (“Die Presse”), Sonja Gruber (APA), Anja Kröll (“Salzburger Nachrichten”), Christoph Schlemmer (APA), Bettina Figl (“Wiener Zeitung”), Michael Leitner (“Futurezone .at “) / Kurier”) and Philipp Wilhelmer (“Kurier”).
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