12 U.S. journalists awarded 2007-08 Knight Fellowships

Twelve U.S. journalists have been awarded John S. Knight Fellowships to study at Stanford during the 2007-08 academic year.

During their stay at the university, the fellows will pursue independent courses of study and participate in special seminars. The 2007-08 program marks the 42nd year that Stanford has offered fellowships for professional journalists.

The 12 U.S. fellows will join eight international fellows who were announced in March. Financial support for the U.S. fellows comes primarily from an endowment provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Financial support for the international fellows comes from sources that include the Knight Foundation, the Lyle and Corrine Nelson International Journalism Fund and Yahoo! Inc.

Following are the 2007-08 U.S. fellows and their principal areas of study:

Rick Attig, associate editor, the Oregonian: environmental, economic and political issues of climate change.

John Daley, reporter, KSL-TV, Salt Lake City: leadership in the age of global warming.

Elizabeth Dalziel, staff photographer/Beijing, Associated Press: intersection of art and news photography.

Steven Dudley, Andean bureau chief, Miami Herald, Bogotá, Colombia: Latin America's shift to the left and its implications for U.S. foreign policy.

Paul Kvinta, freelance writer, Atlanta: the deteriorating health of our planet.

Andrea Lewis, co-host/producer, "The Morning Show," KPFA Radio/Pacifica Radio Network, Berkeley, California: the role of alternative journalism in contemporary American culture and democracy.

Eric Pape, contributing writer, Newsweek and Newsweek International: the arts of war: how traumatic inspiration can inspire art and healing.

Daniel Sinker, publisher, Independents' Day Media, Chicago: new publishing models for independent media.

Matthew Stannard, reporter, San Francisco Chronicle: Islam and the West: dueling narratives in religion, politics, history and war.

Ruth Teichroeb, investigative reporter, Seattle Post-Intelligencer: social change and the role journalism plays in fostering reforms in public institutions.

Helen Ubiñas, columnist, Hartford Courant: the disparate effects of poverty, race and family dynamics on individual outcomes.

Rick Young, producer, Frontline, Washington: globalization and the restructuring of American capitalism.

The program received 83 applications for the U.S. fellowships and 132 applications for the international fellowships.

U.S. fellows were chosen by the Knight Fellowships Program Committee: Eavan Boland, Stanford professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program; Luis Fraga, Stanford associate professor of political science; Theodore Glasser, Stanford professor of communication; William B. Gould IV, Stanford professor emeritus of law; George Haj, deputy managing editor, Houston Chronicle; Ardith Hilliard, executive editor, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.); James Mallory, senior managing editor/vice president-news, Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Norman Naimark, Stanford professor of history; and Rita Williams, reporter, KTVU-TV, Oakland.

International fellows

Following is a list of the 2007-08 international Knight fellows, who were announced in March, and their principal areas of study:

Denis Burgierman, editor in chief, Superinteressante magazine, São Paulo, Brazil: freedom of the press and democratization of information.

Violet Gonda, producer and presenter, SW Radio Africa (London), Zimbabwe (Yahoo! International Fellow): development of media in emerging democracies.

Ezequiel Lopez Blanco, investigation and special coverage editor, Clave magazine, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Knight Foundation Latin American Fellow): economic power and a free press in Latin America.

Janine Perrett, editor/writer, The Business Network—a sponsored supplement to the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age (Melbourne)—Sydney, Australia: U.S. business trends and their impact globally, in particular on the media industry.

Robert Rakipllari, editor in chief, Panorama newspaper, Tirana, Albania (Lyle and Corrine Nelson International Fellow): sociopolitical trends in emerging Eastern European democracies, and their relation to the European Union and international organizations.

Susanna Schultz, infographic editor and news columnist, Svenska Dagbladet, Stockholm, Sweden: the state of environmental journalism in developing countries, and the history and current state of applied leadership.

Gabor Vajda, technology reporter, Index.hu, Budapest, Hungary: citizen participation, virtual universes and community sites—new challenges and new tools in online journalism.

Wang Wei, producer and anchor, Shanghai Media Group, Shanghai, China: freedom of expression, and comparison of American and Chinese media-ethics codes.