SRINAGAR: Editor Kashmir Times and senior journalist from Jammu and Kashmir Anuradha Bhasin has been selected as an International Fellow for the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships and will be heading to Stanford University this year to explore solutions to journalism’s challenges.

The John S Knight Journalism Fellowships selected and will welcome 5 journalism leaders from Asia, the Middle East and Latin America to Stanford University for the next JSK Class of 2022-23.

Beginning in September, these JSK Fellows will pursue a range of innovative ideas that seek to champion press freedom in a world where journalists and independent media are increasingly under attack, reads the statement.

“Journalists around the world are being exposed to a new level of hostility by repressive and authoritarian regimes, resulting in a dramatic deterioration of press freedom,” the statement quoted Dawn Garcia, JSK director as having said.

The JSK 2022-23 international fellowships are focused on journalists from countries where governments are aggressively trying to stop journalists and their newsrooms from doing their work. Included in that focus are journalists from polarized nations hostile to journalism, often resulting in dangerous misinformation for its citizens.

The next fellowship class will include journalists from Ecuador, Guatemala, Kashmir, the Philippines and Turkey. Throughout their 10 months at Stanford, the fellows will connect with Stanford resources and experts, participate in tailored workshops, individual coaching and peer-to-peer learning to grow as effective change agents and leaders,” said the statement.

“We are eager to bring these terrific journalists to Stanford and have them make use of the vast resources available at one of the world’s top universities,” Garcia said. “We look forward to seeing their important ideas thrive and improve the access to information that people in all countries need to create and sustain democratic communities.”

Our international fellowships for the 2022-2023 academic year are being awarded to international journalists who previously committed to the programme and could not participate due to the pandemic. Next fall, we plan to open international applications for the 2023-2024 academic year.

These five international fellows will join a thriving JSK community. More than 1,000 people from more than 80 countries have participated in journalism fellowships at Stanford since the programme first began in 1966.

JSK will be announcing plans for the 2022-23 U.S. Fellowships next week and will begin accepting applications in early February, reads the statement.


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