Local Journalists Initiative

Local Journalists Initiative


CFR Local Journalists Workshop, January 18, 2019: Joan Donovan, director of the technology and social change research project at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center; Amy S. Mitchell, director of journalism research at the Pew Research Center; and Claire Wardle, executive director of First Draft; discuss trends in disinformation and practical ways journalists can build trust with news consumers. Susan McGregor, assistant director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism and assistant professor at Columbia Journalism School, moderates.


CFR’s Local Journalists initiative equips journalists with the resources needed to draw connections between global dynamics and the local issues they cover, in order to elevate conversations on U.S. foreign policy choices and increase civic engagement. Through a conference call series and an annual workshop tailored to the needs of local journalists and year-round access to foreign policy experts and analysis, participants gain access to the vast resources CFR has to offer and a professional network of peers and sources. For more information on how to participate, please email localjournalists@cfr.org.

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Local Journalists Workshop

CFR’s inaugural workshop for local journalists was held in January 2019 with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and brought together more than one hundred participants from 31 states, Washington, DC, and Canada, representing 77 unique media outlets including print, online publications, TV, and radio. The workshop provided resources to connect local issues with international events and a forum for sharing best practices. Held at CFR’s New York headquarters over two days, the workshop featured expert briefings on global issues and discussion group sessions on topics such as economic competitiveness, climate and environmental policy, and immigration.

Local Journalists Workshop

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In the opening session of CFR’s Local Journalists Workshop, Fareed Zakaria, host of Fareed Zakaria GPS at CNN; and member of CFR’s Board of Directors, discusses pressing U.S. foreign policy issues and the evolving journalism landscape. Michael Krasny, host of Forum at KQED, moderates.

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We Want to Hear From You

Following the success of the inaugural Local Journalists Workshop, CFR is working to develop more opportunities for local journalists to interact with CFR. We welcome input, feedback, and suggestions from journalists around the country. Please email localjournalists@cfr.org with your ideas or to indicate your interest in attending future workshops and events.

Resources From CFR

Media Call Series

Led by CFR experts and scholars, this invitation-only conference call series gives journalists the opportunity to benefit from analysis of breaking international news, such as tensions with Iran, the G20 Summit, Brexit negotiations, and more. Please click here and scroll to Press List Sign-Up to receive media call invitations: https://www.cfr.org/media

CFR Experts

CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program is home to more than seventy full-time, adjunct, and visiting scholars and practitioners. Their expertise covers the world’s major regions as well as the critical issues shaping today’s global agenda. Visit www.cfr.org/expertsfor more information, and email localjournalists@cfr.org with interview requests.


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CFR’s award-winning website provides daily analysis of current events by CFR fellows and the CFR.org editorial team, interviews with experts, in-depth Explainers, and Emmy Award-winning multimedia interactives, as well as podcasts and downloadable video and audio files of CFR on-the-record meetings.

Foreign Affairs

America’s most influential publication on international affairs offers accessible in-depth analysis of current issues. CFR offers a discounted subscription to local journalists, which you can access through this link with the promo code CFROTR: www.foreignaffairs.com/outreachcfr


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Contact Information

For more information about CFR’s Local Journalists initiative, please contact localjournalists@cfr.org or 212.434.9564.