Ten journalists from five countries have been named Knight Science Journalism Fellows at MIT. Each will spend 2003-04 attending classes, conducting independent research on journalistic projects and studying topics of their choice. The fellowships are part of the Program on Science, Technology and Society.
The selected journalists are:
-- Claudio Angelo, science writer for Folha de S. Paulo, Brazil's leading daily newspaper.
-- Kevin Begos, Washington correspondent for the Winston-Salem Journal and other Media General newspapers.
-- Rehana Dada, science television producer for South African Broadcasting Corp.
-- Dee Ann Divis, science and technology editor of United Press International.
-- Pamela Ferdinand, New England correspondent of The Washington Post.
-- Jessica Gorman, staff writer at the weekly Science News magazine.
-- Li Hujun, science reporter at Southern Weekend, China's largest weekly newspaper.
-- Steve Mirsky, articles editor and columnist at Scientific American magazine.
-- Jackie Mow, an independent science television producer whose recent work has been on Nova and the Discovery Channel.
-- Debbie Ponchner, science writer at La Nacion, Costa Rica's leading daily newspaper.
The Knight Science Journalism Fellowship--the only year-long academic program for journalists specializing in science, technology, medicine or the environment--is open to mid-career reporters, editors and producers. The fellows take courses and participate in twice-weekly seminars with leading researchers and in field trips.
The group was chosen from a total of 63 applicants by a committee comprising Knight Fellowship director Boyce Rensberger and three former Knight Fellows--Peter Spotts of The Christian Science Monitor, Glennda Chui of The San Jose Mercury News and Judy Foreman, a nationally syndicated health columnist.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 14, 2003.