Washington, DC, September 19, 2007 – Journalists with reporting projects in Tanzania, Iceland and Venezuela have been awarded International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellowships in Washington D.C. for the Fall 2007 program.
The fellowships, which seek to encourage coverage of international issues by the U.S. news media, begin this month in Washington at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of The Johns Hopkins University.
This fall’s group of IRP Fellows is the 19th group selected since the program was created in 1998. In the 10 years of the program, 148 IRP Fellows have reported from more than 80 different countries, focusing on important stories that have been neglected or under-reported.
The IRP Fellows for fall 2007, their affiliations and the countries on which they will focus are:
Eliza Barclay, freelance journalist based in Mexico City – Tanzania
Libby Casey, reporter, KUAC-FM public radio, Fairbanks, Alaska – Iceland
Krista Kapralos, reporter, The Herald, Everett, Washington – Venezuela
“We’re looking forward to some great work by these talented IRP Fellows,” said John Schidlovsky, the director of the International Reporting Project. “The public needs to know about the issues these journalists plan to cover, which include global health, energy and environment and indigenous peoples.”
IRP Fellowships are offered in the fall of each year. In addition to the individual IRP Fellows, the program also runs a separate “Gatekeeper Editors” fellowships, which takes senior editors overseas twice a year on fact-finding trips. The next Gatekeepers trip is to Korea in November.
The International Reporting Project is grateful for the generous support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Stanley Foundation, the Philip L. Graham Fund, the New York Times Company Foundation and others. The program is based at SAIS, one of the country’s leading graduate schools devoted to the study of international relations. Located in downtown Washington, the school enrolls more than 450 full-time graduate students and mid-career professionals and has trained more than 9,000 alumni in all aspects of international affairs.