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May 5, 2006

2006-07 John S. Knight Fellows announced

Twelve U.S. journalists and eight from other countries have been awarded John S. Knight Fellowships at Stanford University for the 2006-07 academic year.

During their stay at Stanford, the Knight Fellows will pursue independent courses of study and participate in special seminars. The 2006-07 program marks the 41st year that Stanford has provided fellowships to professional journalists.

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 the Knight Foundation, the Shinyoung Journalism Fund and the Lyle and Corrine Nelson International Journalism Fund.

Following is a list of the 2006-07 Knight Fellows and their principal areas of study:

United States
  • Andrea Bernstein, senior reporter, WNYC New York Public Radio: the past and future of cities and urban design
  • John Briggs, senior editor, Yahoo News: the framing of political communication and its effect on news coverage and public opinion
  • Leslie Casimir, immigration reporter, Daily News (New York): black immigration in the United States
  • Kevin Fagan, reporter, San Francisco Chronicle: the American West
  • Justine Gubar, bureau producer, ESPN (New York): sports and globalization: the impact of current economic, technological and cultural shifts on professional sports
  • R. Scott Horner, assistant graphics director, South Florida Sun-Sentinel: adapting the techniques of film to improve non-linear narratives
  • Douglas Kim, arts and entertainment editor, Seattle Times: exploring technology, media, diversity and culture to reach the audiences of the future
  • Peter McBride, freelance photographer, Basalt, Colo.: history, politics and the link between culture and ethnomusicology
  • Kathleen McCoy, assistant managing editor, features, Anchorage Daily News: the impact of blogging and new media on change in news organizations
  • Eric Schmitt, military correspondent, New York Times: the military as a foreign policy tool in the post-9/11 security environment
  • Dian Wei Tang, deputy metro editor, World Journal (New York): how ethnic and mainstream media can benefit each other
  • Karl Vick, Istanbul bureau chief, Washington Post: ingredients of American incuriosity about the world beyond its borders
  • International
  • Margarita Akhvlediani, Caucasus program director and regional editor, Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Tbilisi, Georgia: resolution of ethnic conflicts and differences
  • Imtiaz Ali, reporter, BBC Pashto Service, Peshawar, Pakistan: role of the news media in the growing divide between the West and the Muslim world since 9/11
  • Kinley Dorji, editor-in-chief and managing director, Kuensel, Thimphu, Bhutan: development of media in emerging democracies
  • Christianne González, education and career editor, UOL (Universo Online), São Paulo, Brazil: digital literacy in developing countries
  • Lee Seung Jae, staff reporter, Munhwa Daily, Seoul, Korea: mechanisms of international financial capital investment in the Korean economy (Shinyoung Journalism Fund Fellow)
  • Patricia Mercado Sánchez, editor-in-chief, Periódico El Economista, Mexico City: ethics and social responsibility in Latin American journalism
  • Andrew Mwenda, political editor, Daily and Sunday Monitor, Kampala, Uganda: political economy of Africa's stagnation
  • Yang Ruichun, director of news department, Southern Weekend, Guangzhou, China: political change outside China, and new forms of journalistic writing
  • The program received 101 applications for the U.S. fellowships and 118 applications for the international fellowships.

    The U.S. fellows were chosen by the Knight Fellowships Program Committee: Eavan Boland, the Bella Mabury and Eloise Mabury Knapp Professor in Humanities and director of the Creative Writing Program at Stanford; Robert Boyd, national science writer, Knight Ridder Washington Bureau; Luis Fraga, Stanford associate professor of political science; Theodore Glasser, Stanford professor of communication; William B. Gould IV, the Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Stanford; Ardith Hilliard, executive editor, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.); James Mallory, managing editor, initiatives and operations, Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Norman Naimark, the Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of Eastern European Studies at Stanford; and Rita Williams, reporter, KTVU-TV, Oakland.

    International Fellows were chosen by the Knight Fellowships program administrators.



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

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