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University of Michigan Names Knight-Wallace Fellows for 2015-2016

Ann Arbor, MI - The Knight-Wallace Fellows program at the University of Michigan has named 12 American and nine international journalists for the academic year 2015-2016. The group is the 42nd to be offered fellowships by the University.

“The incoming class includes two journalists indicted while doing their jobs superbly in Cairo and Paris, bringing a sense of the immediacy of free speech challenges to a group from around the US and the world. These are best countered by a liberal arts focus on personal growth potential atop professional achievement,” said Prof. Charles R. Eisendrath, Fellowship director and a former Time correspondent in Washington, London, Paris and Buenos Aires. “These Fellows will enrich the experience of students here and their audiences worldwide after returning to work.”

While on leave from regular duties, Knight-Wallace Fellows pursue customized studies and attend twice-weekly seminars. Headquarters of the program is Wallace House, a gift from late newsman Mike Wallace and his wife Mary. The program at Wallace House includes training in narrative writing and multi-platform journalism. International news tours to Canada, Turkey and Brazil are an integral part of the program.

Knight-Wallace Fellows receive a stipend of $70,000 for the eight-month academic year plus full tuition and healthcare insurance. The program is entirely funded through endowment gifts by foundations, news organizations and individuals committed to improving the quality of information reaching the public.

2015-2016 Fellows and their study projects are:

Gregory Amante, investigative features producer, ESPN. Digital diagnostics and the doctor-patient relationship

Saundra Amrhein, freelance writer (Thomson Reuters). Growing socioeconomic inequalities in Cuba amid market reforms

Danya Bacchus, reporter and anchor, KNSD (San Diego). Leaderless movements: the rise of digital activism

Ricardo Balthazar, political editor, Folha de São Paulo. Structured journalism: how to better manage the flow of information and coordinate journalistic teams

Christopher Baxter, reporter, The (N.J.) Star-Ledger and Supporting, promoting and integrating enterprise journalism in digital-first newsrooms

Cecilia Derpich, investigative journalism coordinator, El Mercurio (Santiago, Chile). Journalistic innovations to improve print newspapers

Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, former Cairo bureau chief, Al Jazeera English. Non-fiction narrative writing

Teresa Frontado, assignment editor/producer, special projects team at CBS Miami. How can legacy news organizations weather social media?

Jenna Krajeski, freelance writer (The Nation, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The impact of 9/11 on African American Muslims

Michael Luongo, freelance writer and photographer (Bloomberg News, CNN, The Christian Science Monitor). Examining tourism and cultural rebuilding in post-war and conflict zones

Silas Martí, art and architecture writer, Folha de São Paulo. International models of taxing art

Jaepil Noh, senior reporter and editor for social affairs, Munwha Broadcasting Corp. (Seoul). Disaster coverage in the new media era

Zeynep Özyol, editor-in-chief, Al Jazeera Turk Digital Magazine (Istanbul). Managing digital and TV broadcast integration

Edouard Perrin, documentary investigative reporter, Premières Lignes Télévision (Paris). Using cooperative journalism to exploit massive data from whistleblowers

Will Potter, freelance writer (Foreign Policy, Wired, CNN, NPR). How the War On Terror impacts whistleblowers and journalists

Mosi Secret, metropolitan reporter, The New York Times. The role of long-form narrative journalism in fostering social change

Matthew Shaw, deployment editor for UK newsgathering, BBC News. Dealing with depression within newsrooms

Maria Isabel Soldevila Brea, editor-in-chief, Listín Diario (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic). Journalism’s social function in challenging business environments

Doug Tribou, reporter and producer, “Only a Game,” NPR/WBUR (Boston). Examining the complex intersection of sports, media and advertising

Bernice Yeung, reporter, Center for Investigative Reporting (Berkeley). New data-gathering strategies for covering vulnerable communities


The selection committee included Director Charles Eisendrath'75, John Costa '93 (president, Western Communications and editor-in-chief, The (Bend) Bulletin), Ford Fessenden '90 (graphics editor, The New York Times), Jason Margolis '15 (reporter, The World, PRI) Bobbi Low (professor, UM), Birgit Rieck (assistant director), Carl Simon (professor, UM), and Rochelle Riley '08 (columnist, The Detroit Free Press).

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