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Eight Journalists Awarded Pew Fellowships in International Journalism at Johns Hopkins

Washington - 11/22/1999 - Eight U.S. journalists have been awarded four-month fellowships to focus on international affairs in the Pew Fellowships in International Journalism at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of The Johns Hopkins University.

The Pew Fellowships in International Journalism provide early- and mid-career U.S. journalists with an opportunity to study international affairs and to do in-depth reporting overseas. Two groups of Pew Fellows are chosen each year - one for a fall session and one for each spring. The program began in 1998 and is funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

"This is our fourth group of Fellows, and increases the number of countries to which we will have sent journalists to more than 40," said John Schidlovsky, director of the Pew Fellowships and a veteran foreign correspondent.

The Pew Fellows and the countries on which they will focus are:

Raney Carol Aronson, associate producer, ABC News -- India

Anne Barnard, reporter, Philadelphia Inquirer -- Russia

Daniel Lovering, freelance reporter, New York -- Laos

Leslie Knopp, reporter, KGW-TV, Portland, Oregon -- Indonesia

David Aquila Lawrence, freelance reporter, Albion, Maine -- Iraq

Andrew Metz, reporter, Newsday - Middle East

Laura Peterson, freelance reporter, Orinda, California - Turkey

Janet Reitman, freelance reporter, New York - Sierra Leone

During the five-week overseas travel portion of their fellowships, the Pew Fellows will report on topics that include corruption and politics, environment, AIDS prevention, child soldiers, international labor regulations, disputes over water resources, ethnic conflict, humanitarian assistance and economic growth and development.

The Pew Fellows arrive at SAIS 01/17/2000 to begin a two-month Washington-based program of studies, including special daily seminars on international topics. Pew Fellows are also invited to audit SAIS classes in international affairs. Each Fellow then travels overseas to report a specific news story.

The Pew Fellows were selected by a panel of distinguished journalists and scholars that included: Seymour Topping, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes; Robert DeVecchi, adjunct senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations; Loren Jenkins, senior editor of National Public Radio; Simon Li, foreign editor of the Los Angeles Times; Phyllis McGrady, vice president and executive producer, ABC News; Deborah Potter, executive director of NewsLab; Nadya Shmavonian, independent consultant and former executive vice president of the Pew Charitable Trusts, and David Zucchino, assistant to the editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The next deadline for applications is 04/1/2000 for the program beginning in the fall 2000 program. For more information on the fellowships, see the website, call (202) 663-7761, fax (202) 663-7762, or e-mail [email protected].

SAIS is one of the country's leading graduate schools devoted to the study of international relations. Located in the heart of downtown Washington, near think tanks, embassies and government offices, the school enrolls more than 450 full-time graduate students and mid-career professionals and has trained more than 9,000 alumni in all aspects of international affairs. Its distinguished faculty includes some of the nation's leading experts in global issues.

The Pew Charitable Trusts support nonprofit activities in the areas of culture, education, the environment, health and human services, public policy and religion. Based in Philadelphia, the Trusts make strategic investments to help organizations and citizens develop practical solutions to difficult problems. In 1998, with approximately $4.7 billion in assets, the Trusts granted over $213 million to 298 nonprofit organizations.

For more information, contact Felisa Neuringer Klubes at the SAIS Public Affairs Office at 202.663.5626 or [email protected].

Sunday, November 21, 1999
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