Local journalist conference on the Middle East in Washington DC

The George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies is now accepting applications for a 3-day fellows workshop for journalists working for regional media outlets with priority given to those located in the American Midwest, the South (excluding the District of Columbia) and the Mountain West. The workshop will take place in Washington DC, November 19-21, 2017 in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association. Fellows will attend roundtable discussions led by faculty experts on topics including Syrian refugees, Islam in America, and ISIS recruitment in the United States. Fellows will develop a deeper understanding of Middle East politics especially as they impinge on, or are connected with issues facing American society. They will build a network of contacts with expertise on the region and gain exposure to cutting edge insights on the Middle East. Fellows will also receive lists (and personal introductions where possible) of local scholars available for background interviews on future stories. All expenses (airfare, local transport, lodging and meals) will be covered.

To Apply: Please submit a resume; a recently published article; and a short paragraph (200-300 words) outlining why the workshop would be beneficial to you as a writer. Send materials to: imesnrc@gwu.edu with the subject heading “Journalist Workshop Application” no later than September 8. If you have questions regarding eligibility please email Dr. Scott Weiner at sweiner@gwu.edu