JSK Journalism Fellowships names Class of 2019-2020

Class of 2020The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships will welcome 19 leaders in civic engagement, storytelling and technology to Stanford University as members of its Class of 2019-2020. Beginning in September, the JSK Fellows will pursue a range of innovative journalism projects that seek to strengthen the profession. Throughout their 10 months at Stanford, the fellows will reach across disciplines to explore some of the industry’s biggest problems and open new opportunities for journalists and the communities they serve.

“The members of our next class bring deep experience in journalism from around the world. Many of them have explored the creative edges of civic engagement, data science, technology and storytelling,” said JSK Director Dawn Garcia. “They are a complementary mix of people with inventive ideas who will make terrific additions to Stanford and the JSK family.”

In April, JSK announced seven members of the class from Brazil, Israel, Nigeria, Poland, the United Kingdom, Venezuela and Zimbabwe, who were selected by the program’s directors. Last week, the JSK Program Committee, a mix of Stanford faculty, journalism leaders and JSK alumni, selected an additional 12 members who live in the United States.

Two of the newly selected fellows will officially represent JSK in its nascent partnership with the Stanford Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Institute, which seeks to advance AI research, education, policy and practice to improve the human condition. The JSK-HAI Journalism Fellows, funded by Stanford HAI, are:

  • Garance Burke, national investigative reporter, The Associated Press
    Developing new editorial standards for assessing bias in algorithms and artificial intelligence
  • Pamela Chen, creative director, Instagram
    Deciphering how memes that spread during news cycles can shape public behavior and perceptions of reality

Burke and Chen will engage with the entire Stanford community focused on AI, experts in business, communication, computer science, engineering, journalism, law, medicine, political science, psychology, sociology, and more. They will participate in seminars and workshops for Stanford’s interdisciplinary community of HAI Fellows, contribute to AI research and outreach, and work with other JSK Fellows and alumni focused on artificial intelligence.

“AI is reshaping our society and the journalism profession, raising serious ethical questions,” Garcia said. “Journalists must understand the potential impact of AI, help harness its power for the good of our communities, and fluently translate what it all means so that people have access to the information they need to fully participate in our changing society. We’re thrilled to be part of a universitywide effort that puts the needs of people at the center of artificial intelligence.”

During their academic year at Stanford, all of the JSK Fellows will strengthen their leadership skills and explore journalism projects aligned with the primary themes of the JSK Fellowships: challenging misinformation and disinformation; holding the powerful accountable; strengthening local news; and fighting bias, intolerance and injustice. They will focus on a range of issues, from delving deep into AI and its impact on news organizations and communities, to examining new forms of immersive storytelling, to building better models and tools for local news organizations and journalism collaborations. The fellows, who will work individually and in teams, will sit in on Stanford classes and access a diverse range of experts, events and resources across Silicon Valley. Their partners and spouses, JSK Affiliates, will benefit from many of the same opportunities.

The fellows receive stipends of $85,000, with supplements for families with children, and JSK also provides Stanford tuition, health insurance and other support.

The Class of 2019-2020 joins a thriving JSK community. More than 1,000 people from over 80 countries have participated in journalism fellowships at Stanford since the program first began in 1966. Applications for the next cycle will open in September 2019.

John S. Knight Journalism Fellows, Class of 2019-2020

Motunrayo Alaka ('20)Motunrayo Alaka, centre coordinator, Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism, Lagos, Nigeria, JSK Journalism Fellow

Exploring the intersection of investigative journalism and citizen participation to uncover stories that hold governments accountable
Krista Almanzan ('20)Krista Almanzan, news director, 90.3FM (KAZU), Seaside, California, JSK Journalism Fellow

Helping small local news organizations reframe how they approach their work and expand their reach
Omri Assenheim ('20)Omri Assenheim, investigative journalist and author, Uvda, Tel Aviv, Israel, JSK Journalism Fellow

Mining data to help investigative journalists uncover story ideas they might otherwise discard
Garance Burke ('20)Garance Burke, national investigative reporter, The Associated Press, San Francisco, California, JSK-HAI Journalism Fellow

Developing new editorial standards for assessing bias in algorithms and artificial intelligence
Pamela Chen ('20)Pamela Chen, creative director, Instagram, San Francisco, California, JSK-HAI Journalism Fellow

Deciphering how memes that spread during news cycles can shape public behavior and perceptions of reality
Jim Colgan ('20)Jim Colgan, executive producer, Audible, San Francisco, California, JSK Journalism Fellow

Building more engaged communities with local live audio

Divine Dube ('20)Divine Dube, editor-in-chief, The Citizen Bulletin, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, JSK Journalism Fellow

Developing a hybrid approach to sustaining digital news outlets in Zimbabwe
Aaron Foley ('20)Aaron Foley, chief storyteller, City of Detroit, Detroit, Michigan, JSK Journalism Fellow

Filling information gaps in underserved communities by using new models
Anna Gielewska ('20)Anna Gielewska, journalist, Wprost, and vice president, Reporters Foundation, Warsaw, Poland, Lyle and Corrine Nelson International Fellow

Countering misinformation with robust networks that connect journalists, NGOs, academics and cyber experts
Marcelle Hopkins ('20)Marcelle Hopkins, executive producer, The New York Times, New York, New York, JSK Journalism Fellow

Exploring the consequences and risks of immersive computing technology to help set new standards for their use and help the public understand them
Matt Kiefer ('20)Matt Kiefer, data editor, The Chicago Reporter, Chicago, Illinois, JSK Journalism Fellow

Building and prototyping tools and blueprints for investigative journalism that help protect civil and human rights
Alastair Leithead ('20)Alastair Leithead, Africa correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya, British Broadcasting Corp., United Kingdom, JSK Journalism Fellow

Exploring new methods of storytelling that expand audiences among legacy media
Natália Mazotte ('20)Natália Mazotte, executive director, Open Knowledge Foundation, São Paulo, Brazil, Knight Latin American Fellow

Overcoming data deserts and using the best tools to deliver information at the local level
Joseph Poliszuk ('20)Joseph Poliszuk, editor and co-founder, Armando.info, Caracas, Venezuela, JSK Press Freedom Fellow

Investigating and tracking money laundering with new digital solutions
Bryan Pollard ('20)Bryan Pollard, director of programs and strategic partnerships, Native American Journalists Association, Fayetteville, Arkansas, JSK Journalism Fellow

Assessing press freedom in tribal communities and developing strategies for increasing the autonomy of tribal media
Michael Rain ('20)Michael Rain, independent journalist, New York, New York, JSK Journalism Fellow

Improving the quality of journalism in U.S. immigrant communities with SMS
Simon Willison ('20)Simon Willison, co-creator of Django and an engineering director, Eventbrite, San Francisco, California, JSK Journalism Fellow

Improving the impact of investigative stories by expanding the open-source ecosystem of tools that allows journalists to share the underlying data
José Zamora ('20)Jose Zamora, senior vice president/strategic communications, Univision News, Miami, Florida, JSK Journalism Fellow

Improving audience engagement across news organizations by building on strategies from Hispanic media
Natasha Zouves ('20)Natasha Zouves, news anchor and reporter, ABC7 (KGO-TV), San Francisco, California, JSK Journalism Fellow

Mining science databases to uncover the most impactful stories in communities where health deserts and news deserts converge