U.S. journalists named 2015-16 JSK Fellows

Twelve U.S. journalists and journalism innovators have won John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University for the 2015-16 academic year.

This will mark the 50th year that Stanford has offered journalism fellowships. The JSK Fellowships program champions innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership in journalism, by helping fellows pursue their ideas, or “journalism challenges,” to improve the quality of news and information reaching the public. Fellows collaborate with each other, with Stanford faculty and students and with Silicon Valley engineers and entrepreneurs to advance their ideas.

“We’re excited by the wide range of backgrounds and expertise that this group of fellows represents — from established newspapers and broadcast networks like The Washington Post and Southern California Public Radio to newer ventures like Vox and Re/code,” said JSK Fellowships Director James Bettinger. “We expect that they will accomplish a lot during their year at Stanford and for years to come after that.”

The U.S. fellows join eight international fellows who were announced earlier this month. Fellows participate fully in the intellectual life of the university, through classes, lectures and symposiums, as well as their work on their journalism challenges.

The 2015-16 U.S. John S. Knight Journalism Fellows

Sarah Alvarez ('16)

Sarah Alvarez, senior producer and reporter, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Journalism challenge: How do we fill the information gaps faced by low-income news consumers?

Susan Cagle ('16)

Susan Cagle, independent reporter and illustrator, Oakland, Calif.
Journalism challenge: How can we better support the growing field of professional media freelancers?

Jenée Desmond-Harris ('16)

Jenée Desmond-Harris, staff writer, Vox.com, Washington, D.C.
Journalism challenge: How can we translate academic insights about race and racism into conversation-changing journalism?

Jacob Fenton ('16)

Jacob Fenton, editorial engineer, Sunlight Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Journalism challenge: How can we build free tools to help reporters extract data from scanned forms?

Liz Gannes ('16)

Liz Gannes, senior editor, Re/code, San Francisco
Journalism challenge: How can we create a location-based platform for distributing news, tying stories to where they took place?

Aaron Glantz ('16)

Aaron Glantz, veterans reporter, The Center for Investigative Reporting, Emeryville, Calif.
Journalism challenge: How can we develop a new strategy to engage newsrooms in exposing the effects of war on the home front?

Tonya Mosley ('16)

Tonya Mosley, broadcast contributor, Al Jazeera America, Seattle
Journalism challenge: How can local television news stations establish and maintain consistent and meaningful engagement with audiences?

Kristen Muller ('16)

Kristen Muller, senior managing editor, Southern California Public Radio, Los Angeles
Journalism challenge: How can public radio leverage its audience to take a more proactive role during crises?

Tracie Powell ('16)

Tracie Powell, founder and editor, All Digitocracy, Washington, D.C.
Journalism challenge: How can we make newsrooms more diverse and connect with increasingly diverse audiences?

Naomi Starkman ('16)

Naomi Starkman, founder and editor-in-chief, Civil Eats, Sonoma County, Calif.
Journalism challenge: How can we make food policy news part of our daily media diet?

Matilde Suescun ('16)

Matilde Suescun, director, digital, community empowerment initiatives, Univision, Miami
Journalism challenge: How can we develop a narrative about education on mobile devices for Spanish-speaking Hispanics?

Craig Timberg ('16)

Craig Timberg, national technology reporter, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.
Journalism challenge: How can we put foreign correspondence on sound financial footing in a digital news marketplace?

Managing Director Dawn Garcia, who oversees the selection process, says the program received 106 applications for U.S. fellowships. Financial support for the U.S. fellows comes primarily from an endowment provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The U.S. fellows were chosen by the JSK Fellowships Program Committee: James Bettinger, director, JSK Fellowships; Sarah Stein Greenberg, managing director, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford; George Haj, regional editor-in-chief for Florida, Georgia and Texas for American Legal Media; James Hamilton, Hearst Professor of Communication and director of the Journalism Program at Stanford; Abbas Milani, director of the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford and research fellow, Hoover Institution; Marcia Parker, editorial programming and audience development director, State.com; and Frances Robles, correspondent, The New York Times.