21st Century Journalism XXXI: The International Reporting ProjectThe International Reporting Project (IRP), based at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies in Washington, has been offering learning experiences to journalists since 1998. The goal is to counteract the decline in reporting on international affairs that has occurred as media organizations find themselves under financial pressure.
You can see an example of the type of fact-finding trip arranged for "gatekeeper editors"in the video below.1 The footage comes from a 2006 visit to Egypt by a dozen editors selected from a pool of applicants.
Two of the editors who participated in the Egypt trip reflect on their experience in the video below.
In addition to its fellowships for editors, IRP also offers fellowships for junior and senior journalists doing international reporting.
Johns Hopkins Magazine recently published an article on IRP, which you can read here.
1 "Gatekeepers are defined as any journalists in supervisory positions at any type of media who help to determine what news items will be selected for publication or broadcast. In the past, gatekeepers have included editors-in-chief, executive editors, managing editors, senior producers, foreign editors, editorial page editors, wire editors, national editors, news editors and other similar positions. Gatekeepers must be U.S. citizens or else working as fulltime staff editors in the U.S. for a U.S.-based news organization." (from the IRP website)