The University Record, September 10, 1996

Journalism Fellows program welcomes class of `97

By Bernie DeGroat
News and Information Services


A diverse group of journalists from around the world will spend the 1996-97 academic year on campus as Michigan Journalism Fellows, according to Program Director Charles R. Eisendrath.

"The class of '97 is our biggest ever, thanks to a large and particularly enriching group of international colleagues," Eisendrath says. "Because of them, and the broad interests of the core American group, working journalists will be paired with more University units than ever."

The Fellowships, which are privately financed by leading news organizations, foundations and individuals, provide full tuition and $30,000 stipends for a full academic year of individualized study here.

Selected in a national competition by a board of distinguished faculty and journalists, the Fellows and their areas of study are:

Emilia Askari, 36, free-lancer, global warming and the transportation industry.

Dennis Cauchon, 38, assistant national editor, USA Today, history of false ideas.

Christina Cheakalos, 39, writer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, public policy and the disaffected.

Nancy Colasurdo, 34, sports writer and columnist, Trenton (N.J.) Times, the female athletic experience.

Todd Duncan, 47, graphics director, Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, newspaper management, business and technology.

Xu Fang, 25, reporter, China Daily (Beijing), education methods and theories.

Joyce Hackel, 36, Africa correspondent, Christian Science Monitor Radio, the utility of international humanitarian aid in ethnic conflicts.

Carol Hanner, 38, assistant managing editor, Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, visual literacy and reader comprehension.

Katsunori Hirakawa, 36, copy editor, Chogoku Shimbun (Hiroshima, Japan), electronic media and information science.

Billy Lee House, 37, state capitol correspondent, Gannett News Service, state school financing and governance.

Ki-Cheon Kim, 37, staff reporter, Cho Sun Ilbo (Seoul, South Korea), competitiveness of the U.S. economy.

Robert McClure, 37, staff writer, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Sun-Sentinel, environmental resource and economic policy.

Mark McDonald, 44, senior staff writer, Dallas Morning News, global business trends.

E. Job Rajan, 30, reporter, Madras (India) Times, ethics in crime reporting.

Bill Rose, 48, editor, Tropic, the Miami Herald's Sunday magazine, Latin American history.

Shen Shanyi, 24, staff writer, Reuters (Shanghai, China), financial markets and China/U.S. economic policies.

Eric Sorensen, 38, staff writer, Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.), facility and community in the information age.

Jin Weiyi, 28, co-host and staff reporter, Shanghai Television, transitional economies and audience psychology.