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News Release

May 6, 2009


James Bettinger, Knight Fellowships director: (650) 725-1189,

Dawn Garcia, Knight Fellowships deputy director: (650) 725-1188,

Twelve U.S. journalists awarded Knight Fellowships at Stanford

Twelve U.S. journalists have been awarded John S. Knight Fellowships to study at Stanford during the 2009-10 academic year.

This will be the first group of Knight Fellows selected based on the program's new focus on journalism innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. During their stay at Stanford, the Knight Fellows pursue independent courses of study, participate in special seminars and work on individual journalism projects. The 2009-10 program marks the 44th year that Stanford has offered fellowships for professional journalists.

The 12 U.S. Fellows will join eight from other countries who were announced in April. Financial support for the U.S. Fellows comes primarily from an endowment provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Following are the 2009-10 U.S. Fellows and their principal areas of study:

Veronica Anderson, editor in chief, Catalyst Chicago. Anderson plans to work toward a platform that leverages the principles of social entrepreneurship with the mechanics of search engines to deliver public school information more effectively to urban audiences.

Krissy Clark, reporter, American Public Media, San Francisco. Clark will focus on geographically aware journalism, cataloging available technologies, studying potential new revenue streams and creating models for merging geospatial technology with journalism.

John Duncan, senior consultant and head of predesign, Garcia Interactive, Tampa, Fla. Duncan will focus on a working prototype of a browser and a mobile phone application version of an audio-newspaper.

Maureen Fan, Beijing bureau chief, The Washington Post. Fan will study the challenges facing journalism today and explore a searchable, interactive guide that will inform and support foreign journalism in the future.

Andrew Finlayson, director of digital content and business development, Fox Television Stations, Chicago. Finlayson will study how to apply entrepreneurial evaluations and concepts to lead sustainable innovation in journalism.

Teru Kuwayama, freelance photographer, New York. Kuwayama will focus on creating a South Asia reporting website that incorporates social networking technology to promote information sharing among journalists, policymakers, military personnel, aid workers, academic experts and others.

Christine Larson, freelance writer, Sacramento, Calif. Larson will focus on creating networks and other tools to help independent journalists navigate the media landscape.

Peter Lewis, freelance editor and writer, Santa Fe, N.M. Lewis will seek to identify sustainable, scalable business models that can support quality journalism in the digital age.

Geoffrey McGhee, multimedia editor, Le Monde Interactif, Paris, France. McGhee will research and develop data visualization tools for online journalists.

Andrew Purvis, former Berlin bureau chief, Time magazine. Purvis will develop a prototype for a website that links editors and writers around the world to enhance foreign news coverage.

Susanne Rust, reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Rust will focus on the array of technologies available today to enhance journalistic data mining and investigative reporting.

Gabriel Sama, senior consultant, Innovation International Media Consulting Group, San Antonio, Texas. Sama plans to explore digital journalism projects using multi-platform publication: the web, cell phones, billboards, video and audio.


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