New Int’l Reporting Project Fellows Announced

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By: E&P Staff

Johns Hopkins University has awarded International Reporting Project Fellowships to eight U.S. journalists as part of a program to improve the quality of international news in U.S. media. Half of the recipients are newspaper journalists.

Sponsored by The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins, the 13-week fellowship begins Sept. 5. The journalists spend eight weeks in Washington at SAIS before traveling overseas on individual projects.

The journalists receiving the fellowships, along with their affiliations and destinations, are:
Nina Alvarez, freelance video journalist, New York – West Africa
Alan Bjerga, Knight Ridder newspapers, Wichita, Kan.- China
Michael Gartland, Post & Courier, Charleston, S.C. – Indonesia
Alex Kuffner, Providence (R.I.) Journal – India
Dave Michaels, Dallas Morning News – Libya
Tina Nguyen, freelance video journalist, Boston – Romania
Julie Schlosser, Fortune, New York – India
Rebecca Sinderbrand, Newsweek, New York – Middle East

“This is our 15th group, and we continue to add new countries for the journalists’ destinations,” John Schidlovsky, the program director, said in a statement. This year, fellows will travel to Libya and Romania for the first time.

Two groups of eight are selected each year. Applications for the program beginning in Jan. 2006 are due by Oct. 1, 2005. For more information, visit

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