Nine U.S. journalists have been awarded Pew Fellowships in International Journalism at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Their four-month fellowships begin Sept. 1.
Two of the journalists will report from Iran as part of the fellowship program, which combines nine weeks of academic study and six weeks of individual overseas reporting. Other fellows will report from Angola, Argentina, Cambodia, India, Russia, Sri Lanka and Zambia.
"Iran is critical to fast-moving events in the Middle East and Southwest Asia, and we hope these two journalists will increase U.S. public understanding of news in the region," said John Schidlovsky, director of the Pew International Journalism Program.
Each year, two groups of U.S. journalists are selected for the program. This fall's group is the largest ever chosen. The journalists choose their own overseas project and offer the stories they produce to their news organizations or to other media. The program, which aims to encourage more international reporting in the U.S. media, was created in 1998 with a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
The Pew Fellows for fall 2003, their affiliations and the countries on which they will focus are Joshua Benton, Dallas Morning News, Zambia; Antrim Caskey, freelance photojournalist, Argentina; Rebecca Diamond, freelance video journalist, India; Daphne Eviatar, freelance writer, Angola; Marcia Franklin, Idaho Public TV, Iran; Suzanne Marmion, The World, BBC/Public Radio International, Iran; Kavita Menon, freelance writer, Sri Lanka; Noel Paul, Christian Science Monitor, Russia; and Noy Thrupkaew, freelance writer, Cambodia.
The latest fellows were selected by a panel of distinguished journalists and scholars that included Simon Li, assistant managing editor of The Los Angeles Times; Susan Collins, senior fellow, Brookings Institution; Jamila Paksima, freelance video journalist and Pew Fellow alumna; George de Lama, deputy managing editor, Chicago Tribune; Robert DeVecchi, adjunct senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Parisa Khosravi, senior vice president and managing editor, CNN; Nadya Shmavonian, independent consultant; and Seymour Topping, professor of journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
The Pew Fellowships in International Journalism are part of a wide array of activities conducted by the Pew International Journalism Program that include conferences on international news themes, publications on global topics by journalists, and fellowships for U.S. editors, producers and senior correspondents.
Stories by SAIS' previous Pew Fellows are available at: http://www.pewfellowships.org