Eight Journalists Awarded Pew Fellowships in International Journalism at Johns Hopkins SAIS for Spring 2001

Washington - Eight U.S. journalists have been awarded fellowships to report on critical issues in Asia, Africa, Central Asia, Latin America, Canada and Europe as part of the four-month-long Pew Fellowships in International Journalism at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of The Johns Hopkins University.

Each year, two groups of US journalists are selected to study international affairs at SAIS and to do in-depth reporting overseas as part of the Pew Fellowships program, which is funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts with the aim of encouraging more international reporting in the US media.

"We've got some important countries being revisited: China, India, Russia and Cuba, and some countries getting their first Pew Fellows: Nigeria, Morocco, Canada and Kyrgyzstan," said John Schidlovsky, director of the Pew Fellowships and a veteran foreign correspondent. "Since 1998, when we started the program, Pew Fellows have reported from more than 50 countries around the world."

The Pew Fellows for spring 2001 and the countries on which they will focus are:

Koren Capozza, freelance, San Francisco -- Canada
Elisabetta Anna Coletti, Christian Science Monitor -- Morocco
Vanessa Ho, Seattle Post-Intelligencer -- China
Beatrice Hogan, Vanity Fair Magazine - Kyrgyzstan
Christopher Hondros, freelance photojournalist, New York -- Nigeria
Richard Raeke, Anniston Star - Cuba
Raghuram Vadarevu, Providence Journal Interactive - India
Andrea Widener, Contra Costa Newspapers - Russia

During the five-week overseas travel portion of their fellowships, the Pew Fellows will report from those countries on topics that include environmental issues, indigenous peoples, refugees and immigration, energy and oil resources, globalization and economic development and other issues.

The spring 2001 Pew Fellows arrive at SAIS 01/15/2001, to begin a seven-week Washington-based program of studies, including daily seminars on international topics. Pew Fellows 05/also audit SAIS classes in international affairs. Each Fellow then travels overseas to report a specific news story. The Pew Fellows return to SAIS for three weeks to prepare their reports, which are offered to news organizations and excerpts of which are published at www.pewfellowships.org, the program website.

The latest Pew Fellows were selected by a panel of distinguished journalists and scholars that included: Seymour Topping, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes; Ricardo Chavira, assistant managing editor/national, international, Dallas Morning News; Robert DeVecchi, adjunct senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Loren Jenkins, senior editor of National Public Radio; Parisa Khosravi, vice president and international news managing editor, CNN; Patricia King, professor of law, Georgetown University; Simon Li, foreign editor of the Los Angeles Times; Phyllis McGrady, senior vice president, ABC News; Nadya Shmavonian, independent consultant and former executive vice president of the Pew Charitable Trusts, and David Zucchino, projects writer, Philadelphia Inquirer.

The next deadline for applications is 04/1/2001, for the program beginning in the fall 2001. For more information, call 202.663.7761, fax 202.663.7762, e-mail pew@mail.jhuwash.jhu.edu. The website is www.pewfellowships.org.

Among the nation's largest philanthropies, 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 that encourage and support citizen participation in addressing critical issues and effecting social change. In 1999, with approximately $4.9 billion in assets, the Trusts granted over $250 million to 206 nonprofit organizations.

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