“Journalism in the Digital World” fellowship program

intajurDeadline: 7 May 2012

The Intajour Fellowship Program is a ten-month-long course called "Journalism in the Digital World". The next batch starts on September 2, 2012 and consists of attendance phases as well as e-learning phases. It is a challenging high profile program and please read carefully this description before applying. The application deadline for the 2012/2013 Fellowship Program is May 7, 2012 (11am CET).

Skills taught

By participating in the ‘Journalism in the Digital World’ program, Fellows acquire skills in the following fields:

  • 1. Investigative research 
  • 2. Journalistic forms of presentation on the internet
  • 3. Technical production of web content
  • 4. Filming and editing webvideos
  • 5. Journalism and ethics: freedom and responsibility in the media
  • 6. Internet politics

Attendance and E-Learning

The ‘Journalism in the Digital World’ program is a blended-learning program. It consists of five stages: three attendance phases in Germany and two e-learning phases. In the three study stays in Hamburg, Cologne and Berlin, Fellows, supported by the teaching staff, intensively acquire new journalistic skills in lectures, practical group work, discussions and visits to innovative working newsrooms. These attendance phases are separated by two e-learning phases during which Fellows create journalistic products and participate in webinars and chats at home in their own familiar working and living environment. The e-learning phase requires an average time commitment of 7 hours a week. After the end of the course, Intajour will remain in close contact with its Fellows, through alumni services. 

  • Stage 1: 

  • Start: Attendance phase in Hamburg 
    3 weeks from 2 September to 22 September 2012
  • Stage 2: 

  • E-learning phase / Fellows study and work in their respective home countries 
    Support via Intajour e-learning platform 
    From 23 September 2012 to 26 January 2013
  • Stage 3: 

  • Halftime: Attendance phase in Cologne 
    2 weeks from 27 January to 9 February 2013
  • Stage 4: 

  • E-learning phase / Fellows study and work in their respective home countries 
    Support via Intajour e-learning platform 
    From 10 February to 1 June 2013
  • Stage 5: 

  • Final: Attendance phase in Berlin 
    From 2 June to 14 June 2013


Intajour courses are run by highly specialised lecturers and trainers from Germany and abroad, who have considerable experience with international study groups. Many Intajour lecturers work full-time for publications by Bertelsmann Group's various divisions, e.g. RTL Group, Gruner + Jahr and Random House, while others have a different background. Intajour attaches great importance to the journalistic expertise of lecturers as well as their experience as educators. 


Fellows receive a stipend from Intajour towards course fees and international travel costs. During the attendance phases Fellows are accommodated at Intajour’s expense in guesthouses or hotels and receive an adequate meals allowance. 

Who can participate?

The ‘Journalism in the Digital World’ program is aimed at professional journalists from countries where there is a shortage of continued training of this kind. Applicants will have demonstrated their journalistic talent as a member of an editorial team or as a freelance. 

Applicants should be interested in the new technical opportunities for doing research and publishing on the Internet. An understanding of the role of independent media in democratic societies is a given. 

Intajour expects salaried editorial staff to be released for the duration of the attendance phases while continuing to be paid by their employer, and to receive appropriate support from them during the e-learning phases. 

Freelance journalists should ensure that during their stay in Germany they are able to pay their ongoing costs in their home country, such as rent and maintenance of dependent family members, from their own financial reserves. Unfortunately, Intajour cannot fund these expenses. 

The attendance phases in Germany might require that the selected Fellows compromise on their traditional diet and daily routine, and that they adopt to the German way of life.

Applicants must be in possession of valid international travel documents. 

The selection and application process

The application and selection process consists of four steps: 

  • First step: Online application form 
    To apply, please complete the online application form posted in the section "apply here". The deadline is May 7, 2012. Please note that you must fully complete the application form. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Second step: References and additional documents 
    Intajour reviews the general suitability of the applicant on the basis of the information given and the attached letter of recommendation. Once suitability has been determined, further documents such as work samples and references will be requested, for submission by mid May 2012. At the same time, references will be requested from the contact names provided.
  • Third step: Interview 
    Promising candidates will then be invited for an interview to be conducted either by the Director of Intajour or by Intajour partners in the candidate’s country or region.
  • Fourth step: Selection 
    The Director and the Intajour Journalism Advisory Council will make the final selection of Fellows. The selected journalists will receive a written acceptance letter. Once the selected Fellows have accepted the conditions for participation, the travel documents will be sent to them by post.

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