BBC journalist Firle Davies has been named the 2009-10 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. Davies is the fifth recipient of the annual fellowship, which gives a woman journalist working in print, broadcast or online media the opportunity to focus exclusively on human rights journalism and social justice issues.
The award is offered through the International Women's Media Foundation and is sponsored in part by the MIT Center for International Studies.
While at CIS, Davis will spend nine-months in a tailor-made academic research program. During that time, she will have the opportunity to work with The Boston Globe and The New York Times and to have her work published in those newspapers.
“Firle is a tenacious journalist who tackles dangerous topics with finesse,” said Richard Samuels, director of CIS and the Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT. “Her vast work on domestic issues in Africa demonstrates both bravery and an arduous pursuit of social justice. We look forward to her time with us.”
A journalist for more than two decades, Davies has worked for the BBC since 2000. She has reported for domestic and world service radio, domestic and world television, and has produced online and current affairs documentaries.
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