US Embassy in Dushanbe opens applications for media exchange programme


DUSHANBE -- The US Embassy in Tajikistan Wednesday (February 6) began accepting proposals for the 2019 Central Asian Media Exchange (CAMEX).

The media training programme enables Central Asian TV stations and TV production studio crews to work in the United States for two weeks to produce original documentaries and news features on jointly planned topics.

The themes for the programme include STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and Silicon Valley; C5+1 and economic connectivity; trade and direct investment; and tourism. C5+1 is a format for dialogue between the United States and the five Central Asian states.

"The typical project results in at least one, and frequently a series, of prime time TV documentary-type products, online multimedia product, and multiple short unplanned feature stories about America captured during the two-week trip," according to an embassy statement.

Under the programme's requirements, crews from each outlet should have two or less members, have their own equipment and be fluent in English. A producer from the Meridian partner organisation will help them to complete the project.

Meanwhile, broadcasters "must commit to airing the programmes during prime-time and online news agency should ensure the final digital products are easy to access on its website", said the statement.

All expenses related to the production, including international and domestic airfare, hotel and food allowances and miscellaneous production expenses, will be covered by the US State Department.

Proposal must be submitted in Tajik, Russian or English by February 20.

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