United States of America President Donald Trump's administration has invited Zimbabwean journalists to apply for a fully funded exchange program for the U.S 2020 Election Reporting Tour.
Through its Embassy in Harare, the U.S said completed applications must be sent to HararePress@state.gov by March 6, 2020 and that applicants will be notified of their selection status by March 20, 2020.
"We invite individual print, radio, TV, and web-based journalists to apply for a spot in this fully funded, exchange program. Journalists will spend 3 weeks in the United States, covering the 2020 U.S. General Elections in battle ground states, working from a U.S. newsroom.
"Applicants should have at least 5 years of continuous work experience at a media outlet and be able to speak and write in English at a level that allows them to work in a professional setting in the United States. Applicants must be eligible for an I-visa to travel to the United States and have a passport valid through March 2021.
The application forms for the 2020 U.S. elections reporting can be downloaded from the embassy's website.
The United States through its embassy in Harare says it enjoys cordial relations with Zimbabwe and shares the same fundamental interest as the Zimbabwean people, a stable, peaceful, democratic Zimbabwe that provides for its people’s needs.
"Our support for the people of Zimbabwe includes ensuring that those few Zimbabweans using their positions of power to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic progress are not benefiting from their actions.
"We have made it clear that the easing of restrictive measures, including targeted sanctions and travel bans, will only occur in the context of credible, transparent, and lasting democratic reforms," says the embassy.