Eight international journalists have been awarded John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships to pursue proposals for journalism innovation at Stanford during the 2014-15 academic year.
They will research a range of proposals for meeting journalism’s challenges: platforms to create newsgames, drone-reporting teams in Africa, courses for improving science journalism in China, programs to increase the number of women in newsrooms with strong technology, data journalism and entrepreneurial skills, and others.
The Knight Fellowships program fosters journalistic innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Each year, it gives 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 352 applicants from 85 countries. The Knight Fellowships directors made the final selections with assistance from the International Center for Journalists. Financial support for international fellows comes from sources that include the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Lyle and Corrine Nelson International Journalism Fund, the Enlight Foundation and Yahoo! Inc.
The 2014-15 International John S. Knight Fellows
Najia Ashar, senior anchor/producer, Geo News Television Network, Karachi, Pakistan (Yahoo! International Fellow).
Journalism challenge: A multimodal platform to reduce the dangers of journalism and promote safer working environments for journalists in Pakistan.
Carolina Guerrero, executive director, Radio Ambulante, San Francisco, California (Knight Foundation Latin American Fellow).
Journalism challenge: A comprehensive Spanish-language online toolkit for independent radio producers in Latin America.
Cordelia Hebblethwaite, lead writer, BBC Trending, London, United Kingdom.
Journalism challenge: Tools and techniques for journalists to predict news trends in social media.
Jiang Jing, senior editor and journalist, Science and Technology Daily, Beijing, China (Enlight Foundation Fellow).
Journalism challenge: A science journalism course, with best practices guides and best reporting samples, to improve science journalism in China.
Izabela Moi, editor and project coordinator, Blog Mural, São Paulo, Brazil (Knight Foundation Latin American Fellow)
Journalism challenge: A nonprofit, sustainable model for a news agency on the outskirts of large urban cities.
Dickens Olewe, website coordinator, The Star Publications, Nairobi, Kenya (Lyle and Corrine Nelson International Fellow).
Journalism challenge: An African drone journalism corps, with newsroom-based teams using unmanned aerial vehicles across the continent to improve real-time reportage.
Mariana Santos, interactive journalist and motion designer, International Center For Journalists (ICFJ) Fellow, San Jose, Costa Rica.
Journalism challenge: A training and support program to increase the number of women in Latin American newsrooms with strong technology, data journalism and entrepreneurial skills.