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News Release

March 28, 2007


James Bettinger, professor (teaching) of communication and Knight Fellowships director: (650) 725-1189,

Dawn Garcia, deputy director, Knight Fellowships: (650) 725-1188,

Eight international Knight fellows announced for 2007-08

Eight foreign journalists have been awarded John S. Knight Fellowships to study at Stanford during the 2007-08 academic year.

They include a Zimbabwean radio reporter who is currently in exile in London and the program's first fellows from Albania and the Dominican Republic.

During their stay at Stanford, the international fellows will pursue independent courses of study and participate in special seminars. The eight international fellows will join 12 U.S. fellows, who will be announced in May. Financial support for the international fellows comes from sources that include the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Lyle and Corrine Nelson International Journalism Fund and Yahoo! Inc.

Following is a list of the 2007-08 international Knight fellows and their principal areas of study:

Denis Burgierman, editor in chief, Superinteressante magazine, São Paulo, Brazil: freedom of the press and democratization of information.

Violet Gonda, producer and presenter, SW Radio Africa (London), Zimbabwe (Yahoo! International Fellow): development of media in emerging democracies.

Ezequiel Lopez Blanco, investigation and special coverage editor, Clave magazine, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Knight Foundation Latin American Fellow): economic power and a free press in Latin America.

Janine Perrett, editor/writer, The Business Network—a sponsored supplement to the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age (Melbourne)—Sydney, Australia: U.S. business trends and their impact globally, in particular on the media industry.

Robert Rakipllari, editor in chief, Panorama newspaper, Tirana, Albania (Lyle and Corrine Nelson International Fellow): sociopolitical trends in emerging Eastern European democracies, and their relation to the European Union and international organizations.

Susanna Schultz, infographic editor and news columnist, Svenska Dagbladet, Stockholm, Sweden: the state of environmental journalism in developing countries, and the history and current state of applied leadership.

Gabor Vajda, technology reporter,, Budapest, Hungary: citizen participation, virtual universes and community sites—new challenges and new tools in online journalism.

Wang Wei, producer and anchor, Shanghai Media Group, Shanghai, China: freedom of expression, and comparison of American and Chinese media-ethics codes.


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