KDIS alumni Feruza Alikulova (currently, correspondent of News Agency “Kun.uz” and Head of the Mass Media sector at the National PR Center of Uzbekistan) participated in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) 2019. She was the only representative from the Central Asia region among participants.
“Visiting the USA always was on my wish list. It was my honor to participate in this wonderful project. IVLP program gave me a great chance not only to develop my critical thinking skills through valuable lectures but also to explore the American lifestyle and different states as well.”–Feruza Alikulova
This year’s #IVLP project provided an opportunity for participants to explore the role not only of government agencies but also of NGOs, academia and traditional and social media in tackling disinformation. 12 Journalists spent most of their time on professional development sessions, where they learnt about different perspectives on detecting and combating propaganda and also sharing their own insights on this issue. But the group also had opportunities for lighter events to foster teamwork, networking, and cultural experiences.