Eighteen American and international journalists from five continents make up the new class of Michigan Journalism Fellows (MJF), who are on campus this academic year to pursue sabbatical studies.
While on leave from their regular duties, Fellows receive stipends of $35,000, supported by gifts from foundations, news organizations and individuals committed to improving the quality of information reaching the public, says MJF program director Charles R. Eisendrath.
The Fellows attend special, twice-weekly seminars in Wallace House, a gift of CBS newsman Mike Wallace and his wife Mary. This group is the 27th to be offered fellowships by the University.
Fellows, their affiliation and their study projects:
Mike Baker, education correspondent, BBC News; school innovation and underachievement.
Peter Burdin, world assignments editor, BBC News; African renaissance: the political culture and society.
John Fountain, staff writer, Washington Post; race and inner-city poverty.
Maria Elena Gil, freelance journalist (Cuba); economics and globalization.
Maria Tereza Gomes, senior editor, Voce (Brazil); the globalization and employment markets in emerging countries.
Danny Gur-arieh, Israel correspondent, Reuters; strategic policy and the global arms market since the end of the Cold War.
John Henrikson, associate editor, The Bulletin (Bend, Ore.); sustainable environment and sustainable economies.
Joseph Mallia, investigative reporter, Boston Herald; effects of technology on child mortality in information-poor and impoverished communities.
Micheline Maynard, Detroit bureau chief, USA Today; corporate culture vs. the cult of personality.
Stephen McGookin, news editor, Financial Times; Internet technology use in schools: its impact on literacy and language.
Dae-hee Nam, reporter, The Hankook Ilbo (Seoul); marketing and economics.
Maureen OHagan, reporter, Willamette Week (Ore.); the criminalization of mental illness.
Diane Rado, reporter, St. Petersburg Times; school failure and impoverished minority children: causes and cures.
Monte Reel, reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Arabic studies and narrative writing.
James Rupert, West Africa correspondent, Washington Post; development of political and cultural identities in de-colonizing societies.
Larry Siddons, special sports projects/Olympics writer, Associated Press; our heroes: why we need them, choose them, tear them down.
Elizabeth Stawicki, senior reporter, Minnesota Public Radio; child welfare and Native American law.
Catherine Vojdik, writer/producer, ABC News; the effect of managed care on medical education.