IRP News

  • IRP Fellows Win Awards in 2016 Religion News Association Contest

    Rob Chaney Places First for Small-Sized Newspapers, Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian Second for Magazine News Rob Chaney, a fellow with the International Reporting Project (IRP) in 2015, has been awarded first place for the Cassels Award for Excellence in Religion Reporting—Small Newspapers in the 2016 contest of the Religion News Association (RNA) for his reporting in Nepal. The RNA is an association that offers training and tools to help journalists write about religion in the media Chaney, a reporter for the Missoulian newspaper in Montana, wrote about the surprising link between Nepal and Montana. Over the course of 20 days in October 2015,...

  • IRP Fellow Wins 2015 United Nations Correspondents Association Award

    Benedict Moran, a fellow with the International Reporting Project (IRP) in 2014 and 2015, has been awarded the Gold Medal from the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) for his reporting on conflict and religion in the Central African Republic. He was also named the recipient of the Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize for written media. Moran, an independent correspondent for Al Jazeera America, reported on the ongoing conflict between Christians and Muslims, as well as other rebel groups in the Central African Republic. Moran's series, published in December 2014, reveals that the country's conflict is far from over, despite efforts by local...

  • Sarah Jones Recognized in Moscow Foto Awards

    Entry Title: "SidSid" Name: Sarah Jones, United States  Category: Professional Entry Description: Sidsid, approximately 2 years old according to neighbors. The second leading cause of death in the Philippines is water borne disease such as diarrhea according to the department of health. As of 2006 approximately 75% of households have access to sanitation according to the government but increase in sanitation and clean water access has been outpaced by the country's growth in population according to the government of the Philippines. The slums of Manila are one of the most densely populated areas in the world....

  • Mark Kaigwa Named Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Young Africa Entrepreneurs

    Mark Kaiga, a creative director, filmmaker, digital marketer and entrepreneur, has been named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 Best Young African Entrepreneurs. Kaigwa is currently reporting on child survival in India on an IRP trip. Kaigwa comments, "It's truly an honor to be included in such a prestigious list alongside such accomplished entrepreneurs. I've been incredibly fortunate to stand on the shoulders of giants as it were with mentors, supporters and clients who've partnered to help me accomplish what I have. Also to go through a number of projects with success and failure in equal measure but take...

  • Cathy Shufro Wins CASE Award

    Cathy Shufro has won the Council for Advancement and Support of Education's (CASE) Best Article of the Year in Higher Educaiton. Her article, "The Bird-Filled World of Richard Prum" featured in the Yale Alumni Magazine, won the Grand Gold Award -- CASE's highest honor. Shufro, a freelance print journalist and photographer, was an IRP Fellow to Thailand and Burma in 2012. In Southeast Asia, she focused on migrant health care on the Thai/Burmese border; she also wrote about politics in Myanmar. For more on Shufro's award, visit the CASE website.

  • Yoruba Richen Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

    Yoruba Richen, a documentary filmmaker and an IRP Fellow to South Africa in fall of 2004, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. As an IRP Fellow in fall 2004, Richen directed the documentary “Promised Land,” an exploration of race and land in post-apartheid South Africa. The film, which aired on PBS in 2010, follows two black communities in South Africa trying to recover ancestral lands lost during apartheid. Richen’s current film, “The New Black,” uncovers the complicated and often combative histories of the African-American and LGBT civil-rights movements. It will be broadcast on PBS in 2013. Since 1925,...

  • Peter Canellos Wins American Society of News Editors’ Award

    Peter Canellos, the editorial page editor for the Boston Globe and an IRP Gatekeeper Editor to Rwanda in November 2011, has won the American Society of News Editors’ 2011 distinguished writing award. Canellos’ award-winning columns included his work as a Gatekeeper. Relying upon insights gleaned from the trip, Canellos addressed Boston's role in sending health care professionals to developing countries such as Rwanda. "Boston hospitals," he wrote, "are part of the undertold story of how America is regaining prestige through the skills and humanity of its medical professionals." He also commented on Rwanda's quick growth and international ...

  • Maggie Jones Named 2012 Nieman Fellow

    Maggie Jones, a 2001 IRP Fellow, was named a 2012 Nieman Fellow today. As an IRP Fellow, Jones reported on efforts to shut down brothels in Thailand. More from the Nieman Journalism Lab: "Maggie Jones, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine based in Newton, Massachusetts, will study immigration public policy, law and literature, particularly as they relate to families in the United States and abroad."

  • Joanna Kakissis awarded Luce Fellowship for Reporting on Global Religion

    2009 IRP Fellow Joanna Kakissis was recently awarded the Knight Luce Fellowship for Reporting on Global Religion by the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Kakissis is one of seven American journalists chosen from a pool of more than 50 applicants to receive stipends from between $5,000 to $25,000 to report on religion around the world. Fellows will spend six months reporting and developing stories for delivery on multiple platforms. At the completion of their projects, several fellows will spend three days in residence at USC to present their work, hold master classes for journalism students, and give public...

  • IRP Fellow Sharon Weinberger Awarded Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship

    2009 IRP Fellow Sharon Weinberger is among seven journalists to receive a 2011 Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship. Weinberger spent five weeks in Georgia reporting on the smuggling of nuclear materials as part of a grant from the International Reporting Project (IRP). As a Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow, Weinberger will research and write on how the science of Facebook is changing modern warfare. The Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship program for journalists was established in 1965 in memory of Alicia Patterson, who was editor and publisher of Newsday for nearly twenty-three years before her death in 1963. One-year grants of $40,000 and six-month grants of $20,000 are awarded...