The Power of the Pen is an interactive, three-day roundtable co-sponsored by the US State Department. The roundtable provides an opportunity to examine and overcome obstacles to ethical reporting, challenges to fair and thorough investigative journalism in the field of corruption and develop best practices based upon case studies with well-known journalists from the region and all other corners from the world.

Each edition caters to a small group of media representatives from a different region of the world. The first Power of the Pen targeted the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, while the second catered to Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Target Group Individuals who have practiced principled journalism and currently work in the field of print, broadcast or photographic media
Duration Three days (exact dates to be announced)
Location IACA campus or the target region
Application To be announced
Language of Instruction English (interpretation into another UN language if necessary)
Certificate Awarded Certificate of Attendance
Tuition Fee The tuition fee is covered by IACA
Accommodation Accomodation arrangements will be made and covered by IACA

 

OVERVIEW

The "power of the pen" is a phrase long representing the concept that the pen is mightier than the sword. 

For three days, participants will examine the roles and responsibilities for ethical journalism, exchange experiences, and engage in interactive discussions with well-known journalists and practitioners from various parts of the world. Topics will range from the impact of corruption on fair and independent reporting, ethics, investigative reporting, legal frameworks, and best practice.

Each edition of the roundtable caters to a small group of media representatives from a different region of the world.

ADMISSION

Admission Requirements
Applicants must have practiced principled journalism in the region of focus and currently be working in the field of print, broadcast or photographic media.

 

Admission Process
The application period will be announced. To apply, fill out the online application form, and attach the following files:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Examples of published work (including date, place and medium of publication)

FEES AND LOGISTICS

Roundtable Fees

Participation is sponsored by IACA and includes tuition, a round-trip economy travel ticket to the roundtable venue, accommodation, airport transfer and meals.

 

PREVIOUS ROUNDTABLES

The first Power of the Pen roundtable took place from 1 to 3 October 2012 at IACA, for 15 print and broadcast journalists from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Power of the Pen Brochure - MENA

The second Power of the Pen: Africa Speaks, was held in Accra, Ghana from 19 to 21 May 2014, for 18 print and broadcast journalists from Sub-Saharan Africa. Power of the Pen Brochure - Sub Saharan Africa.