The Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society have selected two journalists as the 2013-2014 Nieman-Berkman Fellows in Journalism Innovation. The fellowship is a collaboration between the two organizations designed to generate new ideas to advance quality journalism in the digital age.
Hasit Shah, a senior producer at BBC News in London, will study the rapid growth and development of digital media in India and its impact on journalism, society, popular culture, political discourse, the economy and public policy. Shah previously worked as a senior social media producer for the BBC in London and as a foreign affairs producer specializing in South Asia, based mainly in New Delhi. He has covered major breaking stories and events across the world and has produced award-winning national and international news programs. He recently produced the digital “Indian Dream” series, which profiles people who are moving to India from the West.
Jeffrey R. Young, a senior editor and writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education, will study massive open online courses, or MOOCs, and how they will change higher education and the nature of pedagogy. Young has covered the intersection of technology and education for more than 15 years. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and New Scientist, and one of his pieces was selected for “The Best of Technology Writing 2007.” He also co-edited the e-book, “Rebooting the Academy: 12 Tech Innovators Who Are Transforming Campuses.” Young is an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Maryland at College Park, where he teaches a course on multimedia storytelling.
Candidates for the Nieman-Berkman Fellowship propose a specific course of study or project relating to journalism innovation that may deal with any issue relating to journalism’s digital transformation. Working journalists from the United States and abroad, including independent journalists and those who work for a news organization in a business, technology, or leadership capacity, are welcome to apply.
Learn more about the Nieman-Berkman Fellowship and how to apply
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