2012-13 U.S. Knight Fellows selected

Thirteen U.S. journalists have been awarded John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships to pursue proposals for journalism innovation at Stanford during the 2012-13 academic year.

They join eight International Knight Fellows, who were announced earlier.

The Knight Fellowships supports innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership in journalism by supporting experienced, committed journalists with ideas for improving their craft and the news industry. The proposals by the Fellows include ones exploring ways to build an engaged online community, revenue-generating journalism models combining advertising and social media, business models for community news, and templates to allow reporters to create interactive maps and 3-D graphics.

During their stay at Stanford, the Knight Fellows also pursue independent courses of study and participate in special seminars. The 2012-13 program marks the 47th year that Stanford has offered journalism fellowships.

These are the U.S. Fellows:

Barbara Allen ('13)

Barbara Allen, producer/engineer, WTTW-TV PBS, Chicago.

Allen plans to develop a trans-media platform allowing audiences to virtually experience historical events.

Mary Aviles ('13)

Mary Aviles, editor, EFE News Services, San Jose, California.

Aviles will work on a content sharing platform for independent Hispanic media to enable them to build larger audiences.

Kirk Caraway ('13)

Kirk Caraway, founder, owner and publisher, Carson Now, Carson City, Nevada.

Caraway will test a revenue generation system for local news websites combining advertising and social media.

Melissa Chan ('13)

Melissa Chan, China correspondent, Al Jazeera English.

Chan will work on an online toolkit for journalists to protect their computers against hackers and safeguard communications with sources.

Andrew Donohue ('13)

Andrew Donohue, editor, Voice of San Diego.

Donohue plans to create sustainable investigative news projects built around crowd-sourcing, transparency and narrative storytelling.

Wilson Liévano ('13)

Wilson Liévano, editions coordinator, multimedia, The Wall Street Journal Americas.

Liévano plans to build a contextual, multimedia wire service for Spanish-language publications.

Michael Lindenberger ('13)

Michael Lindenberger, transportation writer, The Dallas Morning News.

Lindenberger will work toward building an engaged, online community focused on smart content.

William McNulty ('13)

William McNulty, director of maps, National Geographic Magazine, Washington D.C.

McNulty plans to develop an online tutorial and short course to introduce and promote interactive mapping excellence to journalists.

Latoya Peterson ('13)

Latoya Peterson, editor and owner, Racialicious.com, Washington, D.C.

Peterson’s goal is to democratize communication and societal participation through the multimedia and text capabilities of mobile technology.

David Sarno ('13)

David Sarno, staff writer, technology, Los Angeles Times.

Sarno plans to create video tutorials showing journalists how to quickly build touchable, 3-D computer graphics for news.

Samaruddin Stewart ('13)

Samaruddin Stewart, media consultant, Budapest, Hungary.

Stewart will research the use of image forensic tools to identify manipulation in potential news photographs.

Eric Westervelt ('13)

Eric Westervelt, foreign correspondent, Berlin, NPR News.

Westervelt plans to create a digital international news platform using all aspects of new media.

Kevin Weston ('13)

Kevin Weston, new media entrepreneur, Oakland, California.

Weston proposes to establish a sustainable, replicable, non-profit business model for community-based media, with a focus on the San Francisco Bay Area.

The program received 134 applications for the 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 Knight Fellowships Program Committee: James Bettinger, director, Knight Fellowships; Eavan Boland, Stanford professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program; Theodore Glasser, Stanford professor of communication; Bruno Lopez, digital advisor to the news division, Univision Interactive Media; James Mallory, vice president and senior managing editor, Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Abbas Milani, director of the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford and research fellow, Hoover Institution; Margaret A. Neale, professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Marcia Parker, West Coast Editorial Director of Patch.com, and Rita Williams, reporter, KTVU-TV, Oakland.