Eight Selected As International Reporting Project
Fellows at SAIS
Eight U.S. journalists, including the first recipient
of the inaugural NPR-Bucksbaum International Fellowship,
have been awarded International Reporting Project
Fellowships at SAIS
for the spring 2006 program.
The 13-week fellowships, which are aimed at
encouraging coverage of international news by the U.S.
media, begin in January.
The IRP program combines eight weeks of study in
Washington and five weeks of individual overseas reporting.
The spring fellows will focus on stories in Brazil, India,
Kenya, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Russia and Uganda. Since
1998, fellows have reported from more than 75 different
For the first time, the fellows include one journalist
who will receive an additional six weeks of training with
National Public Radio as the NPR-Bucksbaum International
Fellow, a position made possible by a grant from Carolyn
and Matthew Bucksbaum. The recipient of that fellowship is
Bianca Vazquez Toness, a radio journalist from St. Paul,
Minn. During her NPR training, she will focus on
production, editorial and on-air skills, and will produce a
project for an NPR newsmagazines.
Two of the fellows, Elizabeth Shelburne, a freelance
print journalist from Boston, and Barry Simmons, of WTVF-TV
in Nashville, are focusing on international health issues.
They will report from Uganda and Kenya, respectively, with
support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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