Stanford Knight Fellows Announced

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By: Joe Strupp

Six of the 12 Stanford University Knight Fellows revealed today are from newspapers, according to an announcement on the Stanford Web site.

The fellows will pursue independent courses of study and participate in special seminars during the 2008-09 academic year, which marks the 43rd year that Stanford has offered fellowships for professional journalists.

The 12 U.S. fellows will join nine from other countries who were announced in March. The program is sponsored primarily by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The fellows announced today are:

? Christopher Allbritton, freelance journalist, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; who will study foreign news and new media.

? Stephanie Banchero, education reporter, Chicago Tribune; who will study preaparing teachers to work in urban classrooms and the implications for closing the student achievement gap.

? Diane Cardwell, City Hall bureau chief, The New York Times; whose focus is how cities in the U.S. and abroad can meet the challenges of growth in a rapidly changing world.

? Babak Dehghanpisheh, Baghdad bureau chief, Newsweek; researching the war of ideas and information between the United States and Islamic radicals.

? Jeff Elder, columnist, Charlotte (N.C.) Observer; studying the impact of mobile Internet devices on news dissemination, reporting and citizen reporting.

? Andrew Haeg, senior producer and analyst, American Public Media, St. Paul, Minn.; who is researching leading change and innovation in journalism.

? Lee Hockstader, editorial board member, The Washington Post; studying comparative immigration policy in the United States and western Europe.

? Burt Herman, Korea bureau chief, Associated Press, Seoul, Korea; reviewing foreign correspondence in the digital age.

? Michael Rezendes, investigative reporter, The Boston Globe; focusing on the threat of secrecy in a democratic society.

? Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, managing editor, Rumbo newspapers, Houston; looking at new trends in immigration: how Spanish-language publications in the U.S. are addressing readers’ cultural crossroads.

? Geri Smith, Mexico bureau chief and chief Latin American correspondent, BusinessWeek, Mexico City; studying immigration, trade integration and the quest for international competitiveness in the Americas.

? Janine Zacharia, diplomatic correspondent, Bloomberg News, Washington; focusing on changing how rulers rule: what went wrong with the freedom agenda and lessons for the future.

The program received 88 applications for the U.S. fellowships and 166 applications for the International fellowships, the Web release stated.

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