JSK Journalism Fellows named for 2017-18

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JSK Fellows 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, 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, 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, Ideas Network assistant director, Wisconsin Public Radio, Madison, Wisconsin, JSK Journalism Fellow

Question: How do we foster a newsroom culture that prioritizes recognition of our biases and self-work around diversity?
Don Day, publisher and editor, BoiseDev, Boise, Idaho, JSK Journalism Fellow

Question: How might we create sustainable, independent news operations that provide in-depth coverage of civic and local issues?
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, creative director, San Francisco Business Times, San Francisco, JSK Journalism Fellow

Question: How might we use technology to make training in digital storytelling accessible to minority publishers?
Zeba Khan, independent writer and commentator, The Op-Ed Project, Los Altos, California, JSK Journalism Fellow

Question: How might social media platforms be used to identify and amplify diverse talent in video commentary?
Barbara Maseda, freelance journalist, Havana, JSK Journalism Fellow

Question: How might we use natural language processing tools to discover text-data-driven stories?
Julie Ann McKellogg, senior editor, video audience development, McClatchy Video Lab, Washington, D.C., JSK Journalism Fellow

Question: How can newsrooms improve coverage by using technology to better understand audience needs and measure how they’re serving this need?
Andre Natta, digital media producer, WBHM, Birmingham, Alabama, JSK Journalism Fellow

Question: How might we enable regional coverage so we better understand its potential impact on the national dialogue?
Soo Oh, news app developer, Vox, Washington, D.C., JSK Journalism Fellow

Question: How might we better manage and support newsroom journalists who are in technical roles?
Titus Plattner, reporter, Tamedia, Lausanne, Switzerland, JSK Journalism Fellow

Question: How do we stimulate spontaneous collaborations among unrelated journalists both locally and around the world?
Tim Regan-Porter, director, Center for Collaborative Journalism, Macon, Georgia, JSK Journalism Fellow

Question: How might we use data about news stories and products to build stronger trust and attachment to news brands?
Lisa Rossi, storytelling coach, Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, JSK Journalism Fellow

Question: How might we build audience-first newsrooms that inspire readership, in particular, of watchdog journalism?
Phillip Smith, news innovation consultant, Toronto, JSK Journalism Fellow

Question: How might we use advances in technology and experimental business models to support a new generation of accountability journalism initiatives?
Mago Torres, freelance journalist and consultant, Washington D.C., JSK Journalism Fellow

Question: How can journalists everywhere learn about and use freedom of information systems in countries around the world?
Morten Warmedal, executive editor, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, Oslo, JSK Journalism Fellow

Question: How might we organize and create new financing and better collaboration of current affairs and investigative documentary projects in Europe?
Seema Yasmin, staff writer, The Dallas Morning News, and freelance multimedia journalist, Washington, D.C., JSK Journalism Fellow

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.”