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Is there an age restriction for applicants?
In what language should I apply? May I submit the application in MS Word Format via Email?
My work samples are in German or another language that is not English. Should I translate these into English?
Concerning the working language: What level of English is required to take part in the Medienbotschafter program?
How does the selection process work?
How many years of relevant work experience should applicants have?
Are only print journalists encouraged to apply?
Is there a specialty (i.e. business, technology reporting, civil society) that is given greater preference?
Many of the previous Media Ambassadors have come from well-known media companies, and I work for a smaller local media company.How important are job titles and media affiliation?
Does the application deadline include the date displayed on the website (e.g. January 15)? What is the exact hour of the deadline?
As a broadcast or multimedia journalist: Should I send audio or video files with my application?
Can Indian or German foreign correspondents also apply for a fellowship in the Medienbotschafter program?
In general, the program prefers journalists without previous posting experience. But in case you have some experience in working in the partner country, yet strongly interested in the program, feel free to apply.
Can the deadline for submission of the application be extended on a personal request?
No. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to extend the deadline for the program since it involves a lot of planning and time constraints. But since this program will be running at regular intervals, we do hope that you will be able to apply the next time. Do keep checking the website at regular intervals.
How many investigation plans do I need to suggest? One as mentioned on the online description or three as mentioned in the online application Form?
The three topics are supposed to be alternatives for the case that you realize that working on the topic you proposed as the main topic is turning out to be difficult. Or also for the case that you wrap up your investigation on your main plan earlier than you thought and can pursue one of the other two topics you propose in your application. These three topics should be mentioned on the form briefly. We need an elaborate investigation plan for the main topic you propose to pursue if you were to get the fellowship - roughly the length of an A4 Paper. The other two plans of investigation can be submitted in a shorter format - roughly the length of half of an A4 Paper.
If I get selected, will I be placed into a newsroom for the job shadowing part without prior consultation?
No. In case that you are selected, we will have intense discussions with you about the newsrooms/publications you would like to work with and come up with an individual preference list. There is no particular set list of partners that we would force you to go to. At the same time, we also cannot always guarantee that you get to work in the newsroom that you want since it largely also depends on the capacity of the host editorial department. If the first preferred editorial department declines, we think of alternatives together with the fellow and try to look at other options.