JSK Journalism Fellows named for 2017-18

Eighteen journalists and journalism innovators from around the world have been awarded John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships for the 2017-18 academic year at Stanford University. They are the 52nd class of journalism fellows at Stanford.

The fellows come from a wide variety of news environments and organizations. Some come from countries with long traditions of supporting a free press, others from more repressive climates.

The fellows are the first who applied under a new “Teams and Themes” framework that is intended to help them collaborate on tackling the biggest challenges facing journalism.

2017-18 John S. Knight Journalism Fellows

Guilherme Amado ('18)Guilherme Amado, reporter, O Globo, Rio de Janeiro (Knight Foundation Latin American Fellow)
Question: How can a social network help solve the difficulties of cross-border investigative journalists?
Roman Badanin ('18)Roman Badanin, editor-in-chief, TV Rain, Moscow (Lyle and Corrine Nelson International Fellow)
Question: How might we create independent investigative media in emerging democracies that is financially sustainable?
Jennifer Dargan ('18)Jennifer Dargan, Ideas Network assistant director, Wisconsin Public Radio, Madison, Wis.
Question: How do we foster a newsroom culture that prioritizes recognition of our biases and self-work around diversity?
Don Day ('18)Don Day, publisher and editor, BoiseDev, Boise, Idaho
Question: How might we create sustainable, independent news operations that provide in-depth coverage of civic and local issues?
Xin Feng ('18)Xin Feng, reporter, Beijing (Enlight Foundation Fellow)
Question:  How might investigative journalists in China gather public records more effectively and push for greater government transparency?
Michael Grant ('18)Michael Grant, creative director, San Francisco Business Times, San Francisco
Question: How might we use technology to make training in digital storytelling accessible to minority publishers?
Zeba Khan ('18)Zeba Khan, independent writer and commentator, The Op-Ed Project, Los Altos, Calif.
Question: How might social media platforms be used to identify and amplify diverse talent in video commentary?
Barbara Maseda ('18)Barbara Maseda, freelance journalist, Havana
Question: How might we use natural language processing tools to discover text-data-driven stories?
JulieAnn McKellogg ('18)JulieAnn McKellogg, senior editor, video audience development, McClatchy Video Lab, Washington, D.C.
Question: How can newsrooms improve coverage by using technology to better understand audience needs and measure how they’re serving this need?
Andre Natta ('18)Andre Natta, digital media producer, WBHM, Birmingham, Ala.
Question: How might we enable regional coverage so we better understand its potential impact on the national dialogue?
Soo Oh ('18)Soo Oh, news app developer, Vox, Washington, D.C.
Question: How might we better manage and support newsroom journalists who are in technical roles?
Titus Plattner ('18)Titus Plattner, reporter, Tamedia, Lausanne, Switzerland
Question: How do we stimulate spontaneous collaborations among unrelated journalists both locally and around the world?
Tim Regan-Porter ('18)Tim Regan-Porter, director, Center for Collaborative Journalism, Macon, Ga.
Question: How might we use data about news stories and products to build stronger trust and attachment to news brands?
Lisa Rossi ('18)Lisa Rossi, storytelling coach, Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa
Question: How might we build audience-first newsrooms that inspire readership, in particular, of watchdog journalism?
Phillip Smith ('18)Phillip Smith, news innovation consultant, Toronto
Question: How might we use advances in technology and experimental business models to support a new generation of accountability journalism initiatives?
Mago Torres ('18)Mago Torres, freelance journalist and consultant, Washington D.C.
Question: How can journalists everywhere learn about and use freedom of information systems in countries around the world?
Morten Warmedal ('18)Morten Warmedal, executive editor, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, Oslo
Question: How might we organize and create new financing and better collaboration of current affairs and investigative documentary projects in Europe?
Seema Yasmin ('18)Seema Yasmin, staff writer, The Dallas Morning News, and freelance multimedia journalist,   Washington, D.C.
Question:  During a public health crisis, how can we limit the spread of misinformation and make health and science reporting more accurate?

Read JSK Director Dawn Garcia’s post, “A great way to start the week: Sharing the gift of a JSK Fellowship.”