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International JSK Journalism Fellows named for 2016-17

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Six international journalists have been awarded John S. Knight (JSK) Journalism Fellowships to pursue proposals for journalism innovation at Stanford during the 2016-17 academic year.

They will develop a range of proposals for meeting journalism’s challenges. These include finding ways to conduct journalism in economically unstable, repressive or unsafe environments; sustaining independent and innovative digital media in such areas; measuring the impact of public service broadcasters; delivering news with context on smartphones; creating a new profit model for digital age media in Japan; and finding new journalism talent from an independent platform.

“This is an outstanding group of international fellows,” said JSK Director James Bettinger.  “They’re going to have a significant impact for years to come.”

The JSK program fosters journalistic innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Each year, it gives 18-20 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 452 applicants from 97 countries. The JSK Fellowships directors made the final selections with additional research by the International Center for Journalists. Financial support for international fellows comes from sources that include the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Lyle and Corrine Nelson International Journalism Fund. The 2016-17 academic term will be the 51st year of journalism fellowships at Stanford.

The 2016-17 International John S. Knight Journalism Fellows

Arif Elsawi
Arif Elsaui, East African correspondent, Al Jazeera Arabic; Nairobi, Kenya, JSK Journalism Fellow

Question: How can professional journalism be conducted in regimes with deterrent political, security and socio-economic conditions?
Alina Fichter
Alina Fichter, distribution manager/journalist/moderator, Bayerischer Rundfunk; Munich, Germany, JSK Journalism Fellow

Question: How can we create a meaningful system to better measure the journalistic impact of public service broadcasters in the digital age?
Frederic Filloux
Frederic Filloux, editor, Monday Note; Paris, JSK Journalism Fellow

Question: How can we tap into libraries of copyright-free content to deliver contextualized news on smartphones?
YooHee Hong
YooHee Hong, producer in chief, TV Tokyo Corporation; Tokyo, JSK Journalism Fellow

Question: Can a merger of Japanese and English legacy media create a new profit model for digital age media in Japan?
Juan Pablo Meneses
Juan Pablo Meneses, freelancer, Santiago; Chile, Knight Foundation Latin American Fellow

Question: How can we find and connect new journalism talent from an independent platform?
Elizaveta Osetinskaya
Elizaveta Osetinskaya, editor-in-chief, RBC Media Holding; Moscow, Lyle and Corrine Nelson International Fellow

Question: How can we create an innovative and financially sustainable digital media for independent journalism under tough political and economic conditions?