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The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship program is an exchange of journalists between Germany and the United States, with the primary purpose of increasing public knowledge and understanding about the two countries, and the relations between them, through independent mass media. A parallel goal of the program is to develop reporters who are interested, skilled and informed about U.S.-German and U.S.-European relations.
Each year, the program brings together ten reporters from each country's media and, following a week-long orientation program in Washington, places them in newsrooms of the other country to work for two months, producing articles and programs for home and foreign audiences.
Alumni of the Burns program constitute a strong and growing network of journalists, many of whom move into positions of greater responsibility in the U.S. and Germany. The program is supported by a board comprised of leaders in journalism, business, diplomacy and government.