United Nations Foundation Announces 2012 “Global Issues Journalism Fellowship”

With Support From UN’s Department Of Public Information, Fellowship Will Provide Journalists With Direct Access To Leading Experts In Global Health, International Development, And Policy Experts, Plus UN Leaders During UN Week In New York City

Washington, D.C.

July 9, 2012


Alexis Krieg

This September, global attention will again focus on the United Nations as international leaders gather in New York to address some of the world’s greatest challenges. The UN Foundation today announced a special fellowship for U.S.-based journalists during the week of the 2012 UN General Assembly, to provide the latest information on important global issues and offer unparalleled, direct access to key policymakers and experts.

With support from the United Nations’ Department of Public Information, this 3-day fellowship, from Sept. 20-22, will emphasize global health and international development and offer unequaled access to country leaders, UN experts, and NGO representatives to report on the events and announcements being made during UN Week.

“People today want a front-row seat at the debate about global issues, and they count on the media to get the full picture,” says Aaron Sherinian, Vice President of Communications and Public Relations at the UN Foundation. “This fellowship has a proven track record of bringing together an emerging generation of journalists who are reporting on the big issues, and providing a behind-the-scenes look at the work being done to address them.”

With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this fellowship is designed to foster participants’ understanding of the issues surrounding international development and global health, and will provide the exclusive opportunity for fellows to participate in on- and off-the-record issue briefings, roundtables, and conversations with experts and high-level officials.

This fellowship is intended for U.S.-based reporters who do not have regular access to key UN experts, but are interested in global health, international development, and the United Nations. Special consideration will be given to journalists whose portfolios include global health.

For more information about how to apply for the UN Foundation 2012 Fellowship Program, please visit:  www.unfoundation.org/fellowship.


About United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals.  For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.