About The Gazette Search Back Issues Contact Us    
The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 22, 2007 | Vol. 37 No. 8
SAIS Receives Gates Grant to Improve Media Coverage of Global Health Issues

By Felisa Neuringer Klubes

The International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies has received a five-year $1.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide fellowships to U.S. editors to improve the news media's coverage of global health and development issues.

The grant from the Seattle-based foundation will be used to support fellowships for 24 senior U.S. journalists per year in the IRP's Gatekeeper Editors Program, which conducts in-depth reporting trips overseas through which participants can learn more about key international topics.

"We're delighted that the Gates Foundation supports our efforts to bring compelling international health and development stories to the attention of the public," said John Schidlovsky, founding director of the IRP.

Twice each year, the IRP selects 12 senior editors or producers at leading news organizations in the United States to travel for up to two weeks on an intensive fact-finding trip to an important country or region, usually in the developing world. The editors interview heads of state and a cross- section of leaders in various fields. Since 2000, the project has taken participants to Indonesia, Brazil, South Africa, Lebanon and Syria, India, Egypt and Nigeria. A trip to the Korean peninsula is planned for next month.

"From its beginning, the IRP Gatekeeper program has examined critical issues of health, education, environment and rural development," Schidlovsky said. "Now, with the Gates Foundation's support, we will intensify our focus on global health and development."

The IRP was created in 1998 to encourage U.S. journalists to cover global stories that are neglected or underreported in the media. In addition to its Gatekeeper Editors Program, the IRP offers individual fellowships to U.S. journalists to study at SAIS in Washington, D.C., and then report overseas. More than 250 journalists have participated to date.

Additional support for the IRP is provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Stanley Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Carnegie Corp. of New York, Philip L. Graham Fund, New York Times Company Foundation and others.

The Gates Foundation grant brings total commitments to the Johns Hopkins Knowledge for the World campaign to more than $2.8 billion.


The Gazette | The Johns Hopkins University | Suite 540 | 901 S. Bond St. | Baltimore, MD 21231 | 443-287-9900 |