The Foreign Press Centers organizes press tours around key policy themes, and aspects of American society, culture, and politics. Tours are designed for resident foreign media in the United States as well as select international journalists.
In March 2020, due to the circumstances of COVID-19, the Foreign Press Center suspended in-person programming and developed a model for virtual reporting tours, focused on U.S. foreign policy topics and U.S. culture and society. These tours provide foreign journalists with a series of live, on-the-record briefings with U.S. experts, as well as raw background footage and photographs of various communities in the United States.
Virtual Reporting Tour on “U.S. 2020 Elections” in the fall of 2020, engaged 181 journalists from 94 countries to participate in virtual on-the-record briefings about the U.S. electoral process from Washington, DC, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Colorado, and Michigan. This program allowed journalists, unable to travel to the United States, the ability to report and explain the U.S. electoral system of government in the run up to the 2020 U.S. presidential elections to international audiences.
Virtual Reporting Tour on “Combatting the Climate Crisis through U.S. Innovation,” May 10-28, 2021. Fifty journalists from all regions participated in virtual briefings from Washington DC, Detroit, MI, and Denver, CO. Briefers from the U.S. government, the private sector, NGOs, and others discussed foreign policy priorities on the climate crisis, with a focus on emissions, renewable energy, and U.S.-led research and innovation.