2014 Program Review

The fellowship program of the World Press Institute encompasses briefings, interviews, field trips, cultural experiences and additional assignments. Below is a summary of the fellows’ schedule in 2014.

Aug. 8: WPI fellows arrive in Twin Cities.

Aug. 10: Welcome picnic and gathering with Minneapolis and St. Paul host families.

Aug. 11: Orientation to the program with WPI executive director David McDonald and WPI staff.

Aug. 12-13: Two days of briefing and discussion of journalism issues with University of St. Thomas faculty and John Ullmann, former assistant managing editor for investigations at the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Aug. 14-15: Visits to Star Tribune, Twin Cities Public Television, community groups and host family reception.

Aug. 17-23: A visit to Ely in northern Minnesota for a community forum and a visit to the Wolf Center. Later in the week observing naturalization ceremony in federal court in Minneapolis and visits to General Mills, Minnesota Public Radio, a discussion with a Minnesota-based international health foundation and a discussion about the Kennedy assassination with U.S. District Judge John Tunheim.

Aug. 24-30: A visit to Tracy in Southeastern Minnesota begins the week. Later discussions with University of Minnesota faculty on data privacy and international relations and health care followed by a visit to the American Refugee Committee to discuss refugee and health care crises and ending the week with a visit to Cargill.

Aug 31-Sept. 6: The U.S. tour begins in Washington, D.C., for visits to Politico, The Washington Post, the Atlantic magazine, PEW Research and Congress, as well as several think tanks

Sept. 6-12: New York City, where fellows will visit The New York Times, Bloomberg News, the Wall Street JournalProPublica, a community school, the UN and privacy experts.

Sept. 13-16: Miami for visits to the Miami Herald and Univision and a major Hispanic polling firm.

Sept. 17-19: Atlanta where the visits include CNN, the Carter Center and the Centers for Disease Control.

Sept. 20-23: Austin, Texas, for visits with the Texas Tribune, an online publication; a conservative media consultant; a polling expert and a University of Texas political science professor among others.

Sept. 24-28: San Francisco Bay area where visits include the Stanford University Center for Innovation in Global Health, Silicon Valley firms, a privacy rights organization and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Sept. 28-30: Seattle for visits to the Gates Foundation and Boeing, among others.

Oct. 1-3: Chicago for visits to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the MacArthur Foundation and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Oct. 4-10: Back to the Twin Cities for meetings with St. Thomas students and faculty, more visits to local firms and media outlets and a graduation ceremony.

Oct. 11: 2014 WPI Fellows depart.