Lyle and Corrine Nelson International Fellow
senior correspondent, Thomson Reuters, London
Challenge: Create sustainable training, mentoring and publishing opportunities for Afghan female reporters.
While at Stanford, Amie Ferris-Rotman gained first-hand experience in growing and nurturing an idea. She developed Sahar Speaks! throughout her fellowship. The program will train, mentor and publish the work of 10-15 Afghan female correspondents in Kabul. During interviews, discussions and lectures with people across a range of Stanford’s disciplines, she learned innovative ways to extend journalism to the common good. This principle guided Ferris-Rotman through the fellowship, allowing her to develop a new approach to the profession. By meeting leaders who are driving social change, she applied this way of thinking to her own world — the media. Towards the end of her fellowship, she found a collaborator, the International Women’s Media Foundation in Washington, D.C. Together, they are turning Sahar Speaks! into a reality.
An initiative to advance opportunities for local female journalists in Afghanistan.
The prolific international coverage of women's lives in Afghanistan has lacked an important perspective. Amie Ferris-Rotman set out to change that.
Amie grew up on both sides of the Atlantic, in her native London and the United States. This triggered a lifelong interest in other cultures. She began her career in journalism as a business reporter in London in 2005. She then joined Reuters, where she reported from Moscow for five years, and later, as their senior correspondent in Kabul. She has reported from 10 countries from more than thirty datelines, including stories on Putin’s pipeline wars, Chechnya’s rising insurgency, Pakistan’s sectarian art and the struggles Afghan women faced more than a decade into America’s longest war. Amie has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Russian Studies from University College London.
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