CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (May 25, 2000) — Twelve international journalists have been named Nieman Fellows for the 2000-01 academic year. They will join twelve U.S. journalists whose names were announced earlier in May to make up the 63rd class of Nieman Fellows.
Established in 1938, the Nieman Fellowship program is the oldest midcareer fellowship program for journalists in the world. The fellowships are awarded to working journalists of particular accomplishment and promise for an academic year of study in any part of Harvard. More than 1,000 journalists from the United States and from 71 other countries have participated in the program.
The international journalists in the new Nieman class and their areas of interest are:
Sulaiman Al-Kahtani is a columnist and correspondent, based in Washington, D.C., and Al-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Al-Kahtani plans to study globalization, the implications of new technology, and American politics.
Ana Lourdes Cardenas is a reporter for CNI Channel 40 in Mexico City. She will study television’s coverage of social conflicts in various countries, and government regulation of the media. She is a Knight Latin American Fellow, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Sayuri Daimon is a reporter and editor for The Japan Times in Tokyo. Daimon will study changes in the Japanese and U.S. political systems after the Cold War, U.S. foreign policy toward Asia, and women in politics.
Sunday Dare, a general/online editor for The News, Tempo, and P.M. News in Lagos, Nigeria, will study media ethics, and ethnic diversity and identity issues.
Paula Fray is an editor for the Saturday Star in Johannesburg, South Africa. She will study the impact of international economics on South Africa, business and management, issues of gender, and globalization. She is supported by the United States — South Africa Leadership Development Program.
Stefanie Friedhoff, a freelance journalist from Germany who is based in Cambridge, Mass., will study the history of society’s reactions to technological developments, effects of the new media on society, and ethical issues surrounding new technologies.
Jingcao Hu, the director of China Central Television, Beijing, will study the political, economic, and technological effects of information technology on the media and on society. Hu is a Chiba-Nieman Fellow, supported by the Atsuko Chiba Foundation.
Dong-Kwan Lee, assistant editor of the political news desk for Dong-A Ilbo, in Seoul, will study North Korea’s economic and political situation and its emerging policies toward other countries. Lee is supported by the Asia Foundation and the Sungkok Journalism Foundation.
Anil Padmanabhan, economic affairs editor for the Business Standard in New Delhi, India, will study the ways electronic governance can empower people in developing countries, cyberspace laws, economics, and political science. Padmanabhan is a Ruth Cowan Nash Fellow, supported by the Nash Fund.
Senad Pecanin, an editor for Dani, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, will study Islam and politics in an emerging democratic, multi-ethnic society.
Consuelo Saavedra, a reporter, anchor, and editor for National Television of Chile, Santiago, will study democracy and politics in Latin America, market economy, globalization, and the international network for matters relating to the environment, human rights, and labor laws.
Helena Smith, a southern Balkans correspondent based in Athens, Greece, for The Guardian and The Observer, London, will study peace processes and negotiation, the influence of nongovernmental organizations on diplomacy and public policy, and nationalism and national identity.