Kyiv Post’s Ro­manyshyn starts Amer­i­can jour­nal­ism fel­low­ship


She’s only been there a week, but Kyiv Post staff writer Yu­liana Ro­manyshyn is al­ready filling up note­books with knowl­edge she’ll share with her Ukrainian col­leagues when she re­turns to the news­pa­per in Septem­ber.

Ro­manyshyn ar­rived ear­lier this month in Columbia, Mis­souri, where she is im­mers­ing her­self in a rig­or­ous jour­nal­ism ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram at the Univer­sity of Mis­souri, home to the one of the best jour­nal­ism schools in the world. She will also get in­volved with the Columbia Mis­sourian, the news or­ga­ni­za­tion man­aged by pro­fes­sional ed­i­tors and staffed by jour­nal­ism stu­dents.

Ro­manyshyn is on a six-month fel­low­ship with Al­fred Friendly Press Part­ners, which pro­vides work and study op­por­tu­ni­ties in Amer­ica to in­ter­na­tional jour­nal­ists. She is the Kyiv Post’s fourth fel­low in as many years. Pre­vi­ous Kyiv Post fel­lows are cur­rent Kyiv Post staff writ­ers Olena Gon­charova and Ok­sana Gryt­senko as well as for­mer Kyiv Post staff writer Anas­ta­sia Fo­rina.

“Columbia is a quiet city, an ideal place to im­merse in stud­ies. The schedule is in­tense and we study for 8–9 hours per day, leav­ing evenings for home­work,” Ro­manyshyn said. “I am im­pressed how prac­ti­cal the pro­gram is. Over this week we’ve al­ready learned data search tools, U.S. ethics, key fac­tors on busi­ness trends and had a writ­ing ex­er­cise. And we just started!”

Ro­manyshyn also counts “as a bonus the chance to com­mu­ni­cate closely with the other fel­lows. Over the last week, my knowl­edge of for­eign pol­icy and cul­ture in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly. I study in a group with jour­nal­ists from Kenya, Nepal, In­dia, Pak­istan, Malaysia and Cuba. Although the agenda is tough, I hope I’ll find time to dig more into Amer­i­can cul­ture.”

Af­ter three months in Mis­souri, Ro­manyshyn will start work­ing at the Chicago Tri­bune, one of the 10 largest news­pa­pers in Amer­ica.

Her fel­low­ship was made pos­si­ble with fi­nan­cial do­na­tions from nearly 100 Kyiv Post sup­port­ers who do­nated to a Go­FundMe crowd­fund­ing cam­paign that raised 25 per­cent of the cost of the fel­low­ship.

“Your do­na­tion of $7,560 has made it pos­si­ble for Yu­liana Ro­manyshyn to join the Al­fred Friendly Fel­lows Class of 2017,” said Ran­dall D. Smith, pres­i­dent of Al­fred Friendly Press Part­ners. “Be­cause of con­tri­bu­tions like yours, we are able to con­tinue our mis­sion – to cre­ate a trans­for­ma­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for up-and-com­ing jour­nal­ists from coun­tries strug­gling with a free press yet striv­ing to­ward democ­racy con­tin­ues.”

The pro­gram was founded in 1983 “in the be­lief that just so­ci­eties must have a vig­or­ous and prin­ci­pled free press,” ac­cord­ing to its mis­sion state­ment. “The Al­fred Friendly Press Part­ners aims to build strong news­rooms that make pos­si­ble an in­formed cit­i­zenry. We work to strengthen skills and val­ues by plac­ing tal­ented in­ter­na­tional jour­nal­ists in U.S. news­rooms and by es­tab­lish­ing long-term train­ing part­ner­ships with news or­ga­ni­za­tions that share our goal of fos­ter­ing pro­fes­sional ex­cel­lence.”

The pro­gram was started by Al­fred Friendly (1911–1983), a Pulitzer-Prize win­ning jour­nal­ist and Wash­ing­ton Post manag­ing ed­i­tor from 1955–1965. The Al­fred Friendly Foun­da­tion has trained more than 300 jour­nal­ists from 80 coun­tries since 1984.

Ro­manyshyn has been a staff writer at the Kyiv Post since Jan­uary 2015. She is a grad­u­ate of Ivan Franko Na­tional Univer­sity of Lviv with an M.A. de­gree in Ja­panese lan­guage and lit­er­a­ture and Ukrainian lan­guage and lit­er­a­ture. In De­cem­ber, she com­pleted a six-week New Diplo­macy Fel­low­ship with Spiegel On­line in Ger­many.

Al­fred Friendly Press Part­ner­ship fel­low­ships are mul­ti­cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences in Amer­ica. From left, the hands of fel­lows from Ukraine, Nepal, Pak­istan and Kenya. (Cour­tesy)

Kyiv Post staff writer Yu­liana Ro­manyshyn in Columbia, Mis­souri. (Cour­tesy)

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