Journalism Exchange Hamburg Sister Cities

Journalists from Hamburg team up with colleagues from sister cities Chicago (USA), Shanghai (China) and St. Petersburg (Russia). The international exchange program by Intajour and the City of Hamburg aims to create a network between working journalists. The journalists report about the exchange program and the sister city projects on this website - and in their own media outlets.

Intajour and the City of Hamburg launched an international exchange program for journalists from the Hanseatic city and Hamburg’s sister cities. Six German journalists have the opportunity to work with two colleagues each from Chicago (USA), Shanghai (China) and St. Petersburg (Russia). They research stories about Hamburg and its sister cities. The program centers around two one-week stays in Hamburg and a sister city, sandwiched between interactive e-learning modules for preparing and following up on the stays.

At the first meeting in Hamburg in early May, participants learn more about the sister cities and gain international contacts for their network. The schedule includes compact information seminars, visits to public figures in politics and the media, and research on their own topics in teams of two. In early July, the German journalists will in turn visit Chicago, Shanghai or St. Petersburg. They will be reunited with the team mates they worked with in Hamburg, who will introduce them to local life. The focus is to network and research for stories.

In the e-learning phases, the participants acquire important background information about the sister-city arrangements, learn about the living conditions in the four cities and gain some information about the respective media systems. The program runs for three months in all, and started on April 22, 2014 with the first e-learning unit. The first exchange in Hamburg is held from May 11 to 17, and the research trips to the sister cities take place from July 6 to 12, 2014.

The program targets working journalists (employed or freelance) who are able to use the experience in their professional practice. It can be done on a part-time basis. International travel expenses are covered. The program language is English. The participating journalists  documenting the exchange in this online travel journal. Please feel free to explore.

The exchange is organized and conducted by Intajour in cooperation with the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. The program is financed by the Senate Chancellery of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Hamburg has sister-city arrangements with nine cities worldwide, including Chicago, USA (since 1994), Shanghai, China (since 1986) and St. Petersburg, Russia (since 1957). The sister cities are connected with each other in many ways politically, economically, culturally and on a civil society level. For more information: