ARS engages with African journalists based in France and other journalists covering African issues. ARS creates opportunities for local journalists to interview American government officials in Washington, in U.S. embassies on the continent upon request, or in-transit through Paris to discuss U.S. government policy toward sub-Saharan Africa. ARS also distributes press releases, official statements, and announcements of telephonic press briefings.

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Reminder to Members of the Press Going to the United States

An I visa is required for all representatives of foreign media, print, radio, TV or any other media if they intend to work as a journalist during their visit to the United States.

This applies to all non-American journalists, for reporting, working on documentaries, producing videos, and/or any other work in connection with media while in the United States.

Please check the Consular page of the U.S. Embassy in France for further information about the visa process.

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

IVLP is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program.  Every year, participants from around the world travel to the United States to meet their American counterparts and discover the country.  The three-week visit allows participants to travel to different states, to visit a variety of public and private organizations related to their professional interest, and to participate in social and cultural activities.  ARS selects visitors through an internal nomination process, which is not open to the public.  Over the past 30 years, more than 500 Paris-based African-born journalists have participated in the IVLP.

More information about the International Visitor Leadership Program can be found here: