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Congratulations to the 2014 OPC Foundation Scholars!

Winners 2014

Left to right, Derek Kravitz, Maddy Crowell, Sam Kimball, Olivia Crellin, Portia Crowe, Sam McNeil, Meng Meng, Mark Anderson, Anna Nicolaou, John Ismay, Shira Telushkin, Caelainn Hogan, Alison Sargent, and Jian Gao. More photos.

Mark Anderson, UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism (BA, University of London);
EMANUEL R. FREEDMAN SCHOLARSHIP
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Olivia Crellin, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (BA, University of Cambridge);
THEO WILSON SCHOLARSHIP
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Maddy Crowell, Carleton College;
IRENE CORBALLY KUHN SCHOLARSHIP
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Portia Crowe, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (BA, McGill University);
REUTERS SCHOLARSHIP

Jian Gao, Academy of Art University-San Francisco (BA, Luxon Academy of Fine Arts, China);
ROY ROWAN SCHOLARSHIP

Caelainn Hogan, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
(BA, Trinity College, Dublin); H.L. STEVENSON FELLOWSHIP
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John Ismay, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
(BS, U.S. Naval Academy);
THE JERRY FLINT FELLOWSHIP FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS REPORTING

Sam Kimball, New York University
(BA, City College of New York);
STAN SWINTON FELLOWSHIP

Derek Kravitz, Columbia School of International
and Public Affairs (BJ, University of Missouri);  
HARPER’S MAGAZINE SCHOLARSHIP in memory of I.F.Stone

Sam McNeil, University of Arizona
(BA, Western Washington University);
THE WALTER & BETSY CRONKITE SCHOLARSHIP FOR ASPIRING FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS

Meng Meng, University of Southern California
(BA, Shanghai University);
DAVID R. SCHWEISBERG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
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Anna Nicolaou, University of Toronto
(BS, McGill University);
STANDARD & POOR'S AWARD FOR ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS REPORTING 

Alison Sargent, École de Journalisme de Sciences Po
(BA, Grinnell College);
FLORA LEWIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
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Shira Telushkin, Yale University;
NATHAN S. BIENSTOCK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

 

Global parachute


Congratulations to 2008 Stan Swinton winner Paul Sonne (center) for winning an Overseas Press Club Award. Based in London, Paul and his colleagues from the Wall Street Journal won the Malcolm Forbes Award for best international business reporting in newspapers. The winning series of articles, “Censorship, Inc,” described how Iran, Egypt, Libya and Syria used technology from Western and Chinese companies to spy on dissidents, conduct surveillance, and track mobile phone use.

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Congratulations to Ben Hubbard, 2007 Stan Swinton awardee, for winning the 2012 Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.  He shared the honor with C.J. Chivers for their work in Syria.  Although Ben won for his reporting for The Associated Press, Benboth journalists are now with the New York Times.  Ben began his career at AP with an OPC Foundation internship in AP’s Jerusalem bureau  Ben and C.J. Chivers both went in and out of Syria multiple times in 2012, often traveling by foot and at night in order to avoid detection. They managed to gain the trust of rebel groups and report amidst bombs, bullets and the constant threat of capture. Their articles offer a glimpse into a region most readers are unfamiliar with, and were reported with the utmost accuracy possible in a war-torn country.  “Syria is probably as dangerous as or more dangerous than any other country that a winner has reported from,” said Richard Stolley (BSJ52, MSJ53), a former managing editor of TIME who is one of three judges for the award and a member of Medill’s Board of Advisers. “What was most remarkable was, under these awful conditions, how good their writing and reporting was.” Stolley is a former president of the OPC.  Ben described his coverage of Syria as helping fill an information void about what is going on in the country.  He noted, “I have always considered it my job as an Arabic-speaking journalist to try to act like a bridge between the often baffling events taking place in the Arab world and the American or English-language reader.”

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RawyaThe work of 2006 OPC Foundation scholar Rawya Rageh reporting for Al Jazeera English on air and on Twitter was named one of the top 50 news stories produced by graduates of Columbia Journalism School as part of its Centennial Celebration. Rawya was in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for the dramatic protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak and marked the historic bloom of the Arab Spring. 

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Congratulations to Michael E. Miller, Swinton scholar in 2009, for winning a 2012 Sigma Delta Chi Award for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists.  Michael won in the category of Deadline Reporting (Non-Daily Publication) for his work “Death Trap” for the Miami New Times which told the story of four robbers gunned down by Miami-Dade police during a 2011 controversial sting operation.  Michael had an OPC Foundation internship in the AP bureau in Mexico City. 

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2001 OPC Foundation/Kendrick scholarship winner Melissa Chan has been expelled from China. Melissa had been a reporter for Al-Jazeera English based in China for five years. Her press credentials and visa were not extended and AJE had no choice but to close its Beijing bureau.

 

The Overseas Press Club Foundation is the 501 (C)(3) charitable organization affiliated with the Overseas Press Club, which was founded in New York City in 1939 by a group of foreign correspondents to improve the profession of international journalism. The Foundation has a broad mandate to improve the media's understanding of international issues and to raise the quality of news-gathering efforts in covering the world. The most tangible expression of this charter is a scholarship program for undergraduate and graduate students in American colleges and universities, who aspire to become foreign correspondents. The program began in 1992 and every year offers $2,000 scholarships to 14 talented student winners of a national essay competition. In 2006, the OPC Foundation began partnering with media organizations to offer internships. The Foundation pays travel and living expenses for interns in foreign bureaus. Six of this year's winners will have internships with Associated Press (Cairo, Johannesburg, and Bangkok) and Reuters (Singapore, Beijing, and Hong Kong).

The Foundation feels it is more important than ever to encourage young correspondents to travel and work abroad particularly at a time when many major news organizations have sharply reduced their networks of experienced correspondents around the world.

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