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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University July 21, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 40
SAIS Selects 2008 International Reporting Project Fellows

By Felisa Neuringer Klubes

Eight U.S. journalists have been awarded International Reporting Project Fellowships at SAIS for the 2008 program, including the first recipients of fellowships supported by the Stanley Foundation and the PBS program Frontline/World.

The eight-week fellowships, which are designed to encourage coverage of international issues by the U.S. news media, will begin in late August. The IRP Fellows, their affiliations and the countries from which they will report are:

Stephanie Giry, deputy managing editor, Foreign Affairs, Russia; Ruxandra Guidi, freelance writer and producer, Haiti; Macarena Hernandez, staff writer, Dallas Morning News, Mexico; Amelia Newcomb, deputy world editor, Christian Science Monitor, Japan; Betsy Rate, producer, Bill Moyers Journal, Public Affairs Television, Afghanistan; David Rochkind, freelance photojournalist, South Africa; Alisa Roth, reporter, Marketplace, American Public Media, Sweden (European Union); and Delphine Schrank, freelance writer, Democratic Republic of Congo.

The fellowships awarded to Giry, Newcomb, Rochkind and Roth are supported by the Iowa-based Stanley Foundation as part of its Rising Powers initiative. The fellowship awarded to Hernandez is made possible with the collaboration and support of the PBS program Frontline/World.

John Schidlovsky, director of the International Reporting Project, said, "We're delighted to partner with Frontline/World and with the Stanley Foundation in supporting more overseas reporting at a time when so many news organizations have cut back on international coverage."

Since its founding in 1998, the IRP has enabled more than 250 U.S. journalists to pursue independent reporting projects from more than 85 countries. IRP Fellows' prize-winning stories have appeared in hundreds of U.S. media outlets, including online, TV, radio, newspapers and magazines.

The next deadline for applications for the IRP Fellowships is April 1, 2009, for the program to be conducted in fall 2009. For more information, call 202-663-7761, e-mail or go to:


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