Eight journalists from around the globe have been named International John S. Knight Journalism Fellows at Stanford University for the 2012-13 academic year.
These International Fellows include, for the first time in the program’s 47-year history, participants from Lebanon and Portugal. U.S. Knight Fellows will be selected later this month and announced on April 30.
International Fellows will pursue independent courses of study and exploration aligned with the program’s goal of fostering journalism innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. The projects this year’s fellows will undertake include development of an innovation incubator for Arab journalists; creating a press-freedom kit for journalists working under repressive governments and developing tools to help news consumers and journalists seek context in a 24-7 news cycle. During their stay, Knight Fellows also attend classes at Stanford and participate in special seminars arranged by the Fellowship.
The Knight Fellowships program received a record number of international applicants for this academic year’s class — 234, up from 222 the previous year. International Fellows were selected by Knight Fellowships Director Jim Bettinger and Deputy Director Dawn Garcia with assistance from the International Center for Journalists. Financial support for international fellows comes from sources that include the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Lyle and Corrine Nelson International Journalism Fund, the Enlight Foundation and Yahoo! Inc.
The 2012-13 International Fellows are:
- Marie-Catherine Beuth, business journalist, Le Figaro, Paris, France. She will work to develop a tool to personalize the news experience for consumers seeking context in a 24-7 news cycle.
- Maria Lilly Delgado, freelance correspondent, Univision TV, Managua, Nicaragua (Yahoo! International Fellow). She plans to create a training program and digital delivery service to help support journalists covering local news in regions outside of the capital.
- Adriana Garcia Martinez, business editor, Thomson Reuters wire service, Sao Paulo, Brazil (Knight Foundation Latin American Fellow). She will work on a collaborative platform to promote the creation of entrepreneurial models for journalism in Brazil.
- Li Xiaoming, blogs director, Phoenix New Media, Beijing, China (Enlight Foundation Fellow). He will explore web-based interactive journalism as a way to foster democratic values in China.
- Musikilu Mojeed, managing editor, Premium Times Services Ltd., Abuja, Nigeria. He will work on a platform to connect Nigerian journalists with vital records and other resources for in-depth reporting.
- Attila Mong, freelance writer and radio reporter, Budapest, Hungary (Lyle and Corrine Nelson International Fellow). He will develop an online “press freedom kit” that includes a database of media laws, best practices in legislation and a platform for journalists and media advocates.
- Mariam Semaan, head of production, RK Productions, Beirut, Lebanon. She will work to develop an innovation incubator for Arab youth to help shape the future journalism landscape through entrepreneurial projects.
- Nuno Vargas, executive media consultant, Porto, Portugal. He will explore the creation of a contextualized search tool to help journalists integrate photos, video and graphics with news chronologies.