Innovation from overseas: 2013-14 International Knight Journalism Fellows selected

Eight international journalists have been awarded John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships to pursue proposals for journalism innovation at Stanford during the 2013-14 academic year.

They will be researching a range of ideas to improve journalism, from bringing news to Pakistan’s tribal areas and fostering innovation in China and East Africa to training female reporters in Afghanistan and strengthening press freedoms in Myanmar.

The Knight Fellowships program fosters journalistic innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Each year, we give 20 outstanding individuals from around the world the resources to pursue and test their ideas for improving the quality of news and information reaching the public. Twelve U.S. fellows will be announced in late April.

The international fellows selected were among 216 applicants for the international fellowships. Knight Fellowships Director James Bettinger and Managing Director Dawn Garcia made the final selections 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 2013-14 International John S. Knight Fellows are:

Tayeb Afridi ('14)

Tayyeb Afridi, radio development manager, Internews, Peshawar, Pakistan (Yahoo! International Fellow). 
Innovation proposal: A radio news agency rooted in mobile technology to provide news to Pakistan’s tribal areas.

Aela Callan ('14)

Aela Callan, freelance news correspondent, Yangon, Myanmar.
Innovation proposal: Developing an online platform for local and international media in Burma to strengthen press freedom.

Ana Carrano ('14)

Ana Maria Carrano, editorial projects chief, Cadena Capriles, Venezuela (Knight Foundation Latin American Fellow).
Innovation proposal: A audio-based collaborative website for Latin American topics.

Amie Ferris-Rotman ('14)

Amie Ferris-Rotman, senior correspondent, Thomson Reuters, Kabul, Afghanistan (Lyle and Corrine Nelson International Fellow).
Innovation proposal: A sustainable platform of training, global networking and mentoring opportunities for female Afghan reporters.

Kennedy Jawoko ('14)

Kennedy Jawoko, freelance journalist/adjunct lecturer, Toronto, Canada.
Innovation proposal: A portal that facilitates connections and helps incubate ideas among East African journalists.

Martin Kotynek ('14)

Martin Kotynek, investigative editor, Die Zeit, Berlin, Germany.
Innovation proposal: Find new tools to make fact checking more open, collaborative, and credible.

Carlos Martinez de la Serna ('14)

Carlos Martinez de la Serna, health & data journalism/media consultant, CartoDB/Second Read, Madrid, Spain. 
Innovation proposal: A platform to bring disruptive civic media tools and practices to Spanish-language health journalists.

Qian Kejin ('14)

Qian Kejin, editor/writer, Yangcheng Evening News, Guangzhou, China (Enlight Foundation Fellow). 
Innovation proposal: An online forum for journalists and academia to share ideas for improving journalism.