Five U.S. journalists have been awarded International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellowships for the spring of 2012 to report on important global health topics that will take them to India, Morocco, Papua New Guinea, South Sudan and Thailand.
The nine-week-long reporting fellowships, which provide U.S. journalists with opportunities to do in-depth international stories, will begin in mid-February and end in mid-April next year. The IRP, now in its 14th year, is based in Washington at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of The Johns Hopkins University.
The IRP Fellows, their affiliations and the countries from which they will report are:
Juhie Bhatia, Women’s eNews, New York – Morocco
Andrew Green, freelance, Kampala – South Sudan
Cathy Shufro, freelance, Connecticut – Thailand
Carey Wagner, freelance, Los Angeles – Papua New Guinea
Christopher Werth, freelance, London – India
Each of the journalists spends five weeks in their destination country to report on topics that include HIV/AIDS, malaria, infant and maternal care and new medical and scientific research. This is the second group of IRP Fellows in the program’s 14-year history in which all of the journalists will report on international health issues.
“Global health news has always been one of IRP’s top priorities and we are excited that these five Fellows will produce important and stories for a variety of radio, video, print, photo and online media,” said John Schidlovsky, director of the International Reporting Project (IRP).
Since 1998, hundreds of IRP Fellows’ prizewinning stories have appeared in scores of newspapers, magazines, on television, radio and online in media organizations with which the IRP collaborates.