Fulbright in Portugal

Steve Doig in Lisbon August-December 2010

Lisbon skyline

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Medical clearance

Another must-do before getting final clearance for the Fulbright fellowship is having a full medical exam. The form requires me to fill out whether I have had any of about 50 illnesses or conditions, anything from hayfever to cancer. Then my doctor has to fill out a separate form covering the head-to-toe exam, and include the results from a battery of tests, including blood, urine and x-rays. Moreover, my wife has to have a similar exam done. All the paperwork then is sent to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars in Washington, where a Fulbright doctor will decide whether we are fit enough to live overseas for several months.

Such an exam makes good sense, particularly for Fulbright grantees who might be going to some of the less-well-developed places in the world. Happily, we both seem to be in pretty good health, and Portugal certainly has good medical facilities if some illness did pop up while we are there.

Visa for Portugal

Most Americans who visit European countries don’t need to apply for visas because most of those visits are for less than 90 days. However, we will be spending more than 120 days in Portugal, which kicks in the requirement to get an appropriate visa for that length of stay. I shouldn’t complain because we Americans make most visitors go through a real song-and-a-dance to get a visa to visit our country. Well, Portugal is no different when someone from another country, like me, seeks permission to stay beyond the usual limits of a tourism visit. I’m now in the process of gathering the requested documentation for all sorts of required things:

  • · An application form received from the correct Consulate General (in our case, San Francisco).
  • · A passport-quality photo (2″x2″)
  • · A letter describing my purpose in Lisbon and my economic status (whatever that is.)
  • · A letter from my local police department issued in the last 90 days describing my arrest record. Also required is a form saying it’s okay for the Portuguese police to look up my record there.
  • · A photocopy of my passport.
  • · A medical certificate from my doctor saying that I’m in good health. Interestingly, consulate form stresses that the signature must by legible — that could be a problem, knowing most doctors!
  • · Proof of accident/health insurance.
  • · Processing fees totaling more than $120.
  • And even with all this, we’re told that family members can’t apply for a visa until they arrive in Portugal. I assume there will be no problem with this, but one never knows, do one? (To quote Fats Waller!)

    Ticker tale

    More evidence of how highly ASU values the Fulbright program: This short video is the news ticker on the front of the Cronkite School building…

    The press release

    My school and university are nearly as delighted as I am about me being chosen for this Fulbright fellowship opportunity. Here is a press release issued a few days ago.

    Cronkite professor
    named Fulbright Chair in Portugal

    Professor Steve Doig of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication has been named a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Portugal.

    Considered the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program, only about 40 scholars with significant publication and teaching records are picked each year for the distinguished chairs at universities across Europe and elsewhere.

    Doig, who holds the Knight Chair in Journalism at the Cronkite School, was selected for the Portugal 50th Anniversary Distinguished Chair, named in honor of the establishment of the Fulbright program in Portugal half a century ago. The Fulbright program is America’s flagship international education exchange program and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    Doig will teach a graduate class in precision journalism and computer-assisted reporting at Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Lisbon this fall. He will teach students how to acquire public data and use computer software and statistical tools to tell stories about crime, education, elections, demographics, the economy and other governmental and social problems.

    “Journalists in most European countries are only beginning to discover the power of precision journalism,” Doig said. “Most in the Portuguese press still have a considerable way to go. The journalism school at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa is very interested in raising the professionalism of newsrooms in the country.”

    Doig also will conduct seminars around the country for students, faculty and professional journalists interested in computer-assisted and investigative reporting, develop precision journalism curricula and materials for faculty in Portugal and help organize a professional investigative journalism organization in the country.

    “I hope to put all this in the context of the importance of an unfettered, independent and vigilant press as an essential part of a democratic society,” Doig said.

    Faculty at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa has been talking about developing a precision journalism curriculum for years, according to Joao Saagua, dean of Faculdade de Ciencias Sociais e Humanas at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Doig’s arrival means it will finally happen, he wrote.

    Doig is a pioneer in precision journalism, which utilizes social science tools and techniques to produce better reporting. He is a 23-year newspaper veteran who used computer analysis of government records to produce numerous award-winning investigative stories for The Miami Herald in Florida, including a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Since joining ASU in 1996, Doig has traveled to teach and train journalism students and professionals in Spain, Brazil, Indonesia, Norway, Belgium, England, Canada, Mexico and the Netherlands.

    At the Cronkite School, Doig has taught classes in precision journalism, media statistics, reporting public affairs and media research methods as well as a graduate-level news writing and reporting class.

    Since it was established in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 294,000 people the opportunity to teach, study or research abroad and in the U.S. The program operates in more than 155 countries throughout the world.

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