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23 May
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Making memories while learning journalism in America

By Gagandeep Singh

Gagandeep Singh

I have been thrilled to attend the Missouri School of Journalism as an Alfred Friendly Press Partners Fellow.

It was a dream-come-true moment when I landed at JFK Airport on April 24, and by the end of the day I had arrived in Columbia, Missouri. Along with my colleague, Somesh Jha from New Delhi, I was received warmly by the program director, David Reed.

The next day, along with other fellows mainly from South Asian countries, I arrived at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at 9 a.m. sharp. We had a photo session and a detailed introduction to the program and to America. I learned many things about American culture, especially “to always shake hands with full zest.”

Later, we toured the campus and saw “The Columns,” a row of six pillars left over from a 19th Century fire that is the most recognized landmark of the University of Missouri. It was a mesmerizing experience to see them along with another fellow, Tanka Dhakal from Nepal, as the sun set. Meanwhile, the locals took walks with their beautiful pets and new graduates had their photos taken till evening.

I learned about several cultures while staying with my colleagues. Every night we shared our thoughts on various topics, including the state of journalism in our respective countries and our newly learned skills, while comparing our experiences from back home. I found David Mona Danga, who came all the way from South Sudan, to be an especially interesting person. I was shocked to hear his story of being arrested by the Army for his stories.

We cooked food from different countries including Nepal and Bhutan on a regular basis, while my friend and fellow journalist, Parth Nikhil from Mumbai, cooked Indian food. We celebrated the birthday of our colleague from Bhutan, Chencho, with full zeal and danced to traditional songs. I went to my first jazz concert along with other fellows, hosted by Mr. Reed; we had a fabulous evening at the Blue Note Theatre in Columbia.

Every morning I took in the chilly breeze of Columbia, and Mr. Reed took us twice to the Missouri River to experience the sunset; it was a place where a person could feel the essence and beauty of nature. I really missed my Indian food but finally found a restaurant where the chef from my native state of Punjab greeted me and prepared a delicious meal.

A day before my departure from Columbia, I biked to the city and watched a college baseball game at the stadium. Later, I went shopping at a store where I chatted with the shopkeeper about the city. I purchased a Missouri School of Journalism t-shirt as a souvenir and the shopkeeper, as a goodwill gesture, gave me a discount.

I also enjoyed a drive to Kansas City, my first long drive in the U.S., amid rain showers. We visited a radio station to understand their work and spoke with their editors and reporters. Finally, we were hosted by a law firm, where I had an informative chat about the American justice system.

Back in Columbia, I learned many new skills such as data journalism and how to use Excel spreadsheets to build databases and charts. The lectures on data-strengthened investigative reporting were the most informative of the entire course, and will certainly make my work much easier and stronger. I also learned techniques of multimedia reporting, including video and audio recording and photography.

Overall, it was a tremendous learning experience for me. The experience has also brought several changes to my personal life, as I started being punctual for every task. Back home, I was a bit lazy, waking up in the late morning and continuing to chase the time throughout the day. I noticed how Americans tend to stick to their schedules and the importance of proper planning of work — otherwise it would be tough to survive here.

With a heavy heart and a bundle of memories, I said good-bye to the beautiful city of Columbia on May 2, leaving for Pittsburgh where I have joined the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for further training. While it has only been a few weeks, I still miss my fellow friends a lot and eagerly await catching up with them very soon.

The Alfred Friendly Class of 2022, left to right, Indunil Arachchi of Sri Lanka; Chencho Dema, Bhutan; Nitu Ghale, Nepal; Somesh Jha, India; Parth Nikhil, India; Gagandeep Singh; Tanka Dhakal, Nepal; Jody Garcia, Guatemala

(Originally published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on May 19)

 

11 May
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Alfred Friendly brings combined fellowship class into 2022 program

The Fellows visited a Missouri River bistro after classes

Twelve investigative reporters from Central America, South America, South Asia, Eurasia and North Africa started work at U.S. media outlets in May after completing 10 days of intensive basic and advanced training at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Their experience in the 38-year-old fellowship program will improve their ability to produce in-depth reporting on critical issues facing their countries. The fellows are committed to collaborating on cross-border projects and sharing what they learn with colleagues when they return home in August. 

Over the past two years of the pandemic, computer labs, classrooms and newsrooms closed. Alfred Friendly Press Partners had to cut short its fellowship program in the spring of 2020 and postpone the 2021 program.

David Mono Danga of South Sudan attends a class on recording audio. Photo by Anastasia Valeeva 

The training is conducted in-person by professional practice faculty in the world’s premier journalism school. This year, there were numerous hands-on sessions on multimedia reporting and data journalism — ranging from the fundamentals of photography to video editing, from using spreadsheets to data visualization.

There also were sessions on best practices in U.S. newsrooms, fact checking, using the Freedom of Information Act, communications law, web tools and applications, and open source intelligence.

A final seminar at the end of the fellowship will allow them to compare and evaluate their experiences and discuss their impressions of the American media, and to learn and practice presentations to make in their home countries.

The host newsrooms include veteran participants — the Los Angeles Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Miami Herald. Other hosts are new digital outlets, including Investigate West, Wisconsin Watch and The Marshall Project. Also hosting are two members of the Kansas City Media Collective, KCUR and KCPT.  

Primary sponsors for the 2022 Fellows include the Pat and Janna Stueve Foundation and TRACE International, a non-profit organization that supports projects that encourage greater commercial transparency and advance anti-bribery education.

Alfred Friendly Press Partners last year joined with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project to undertake a two-year training regimen for eight journalists that will strengthen investigative reporting in South Asia. Before joining the Alfred Friendly fellowship in April, the OCCRP journalists went through vigorous reporting and security training.

The goal of the project funded by the U.S. State Department in South Asia is to ensure journalists in the region have the capacity to expose corruption, inform citizens, and empower the public to push for greater government accountability and transparency. 

Alfred Friendly is a nonprofit organization formed in 1984 and a sponsor of J1 visas issued by the State Department that allow Fellows to work on the staffs of U.S. newsrooms for three to six months. More than 340 journalists from 80+ countries have graduated from the program and gone on to uplift journalism around the world.

Fellows in the Class of 2022:

  • David Mono Danga, a correspondent for Voice of America and co-founder of an online investigative media platform in South Sudan, which lacks an independent media despite a transitional constitution that guarantees freedom of the press. During the fellowship, Danga will learn how to effectively expose corruption and promote good governance in his country. He is working at Voice of America in Washington.
  • Jody García, a contributor to the New York Times and other international outlets and reporter for Plaza Pública, an investigative newspaper in Guatemala, where the government and media are hobbled by crime and corruption. She is working at the Miami Herald along with Daniela Castro, a Fellow from Bogotá, Colombia whose internship was postponed in 2020. 
  • Anastasia Valeeva of Russia, a data journalist and project coordinator who’s led investigative reports in Kyrgyzstan on subjects such as migration, gender equality, and domestic violence, along with stories on election-tampering and issues related to corruption. She is working for The Marshall Project and her work was recently featured by the Poynter Institute. 

The eight reporters in the OCCRP network from South Asia, where media freedoms and democratic governments are eroding, are:

  • Parth Nikhi, an independent reporter based in Mumbai who writes about social issues in rural India. Nikhil received a grant from the Pulitzer Center to write a series of stories on societal fallout of COVID-19 and the inadequate health infrastructure. He was one of three finalists for the prestigious Martin Adler Prize at the Rory Peck Awards for international freelancers given in November 2021 in London. 
  • Somesh Jha of India, who works with Nikhil at the Los Angeles Times, is a member of The Reporters Collective. The new group of investigative reporters collaborate to produce in-depth multimedia projects in multiple languages that “put the spotlight on those in power.” His four-part investigative series last year for BloombergQuint examined hundreds of documents obtained through the transparency law.
  • Indunil Usgoda Arachchi of Sri Lanka, a reporter and freelancer who’s contributed to international news outlets. Arachchi’s Sinhala-language newspaper is an alternative publication started by an investigative journalist and is training young journalists. She aspires to develop an investigative reporting news outlet focused on crime and corruption in Sri Lanka “to push the government for accountability and transparency.” She is working on the staff of Investigate West, a nonprofit based in Seattle.
  • Saurav Rahman is a senior reporter for Maasranga Television in Bangladesh who also wants to build an independent investigative reporting news outlet. A story he reported for OCCRP as a freelancer revealed the fraudulent activities of shadow banks, and his stories on garment factories exposed dangerous working conditions. Rahman is working for KCPT, part of the Public Broadcasting Service.
  • Chencho Dema, a reporter for Bhutan Today and Business Bhutan and a freelancer for the BBC, The Wire, The Diplomat and other outlets. In 2019 she won the national Women in Politics story of the year award. She said the fellowship will help her produce stories with a greater impact on the community, society and Bhutanese democracy. Dema is working for KCUR, a National Public Radio affiliate.
  • Tanka Dhakal of Nepal, a multimedia reporter for DeshSanchar.com, a digital news outlet in Nepal with an English language version. He’s done in-depth reports on child sexual abuse and children deprived of an elementary school education. Dhakal is working for Wisconsin Watch, an innovative digital startup founded by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Reporting.
  • Nitu Ghale, also from Nepal, is a reporter for Annapurna Post, a national daily. Ghale focuses on the environment, particularly how climate change is affecting her country and region, along with underreported issues such as the water crisis in the middle hill region. She is working at the Columbia Missourian and multimedia newsrooms affiliated with the Missouri School of Journalism.
  • Gagandeep Singh is a multimedia reporter for the Hindustan Times who covers districts in the far north of India. Singh focuses on criminal justice issues. He uncovered financial irregularities in the land acquisition process for government projects and corruption involving government ministers. Singh said corruption is hindering the government’s ability to provide basic services and sees that involving a network of investigative reporters will strengthen his investigative reporting.

Gagan Deep Singh

Indunil Usgoda Arachchi

Parth Nikhil

Tanka Dhakal

Somesh Jha

David Mono Danga

Chencho Dema

Anastasia Valeeva

Saurav Rahman

Saurav Rahman

Nitu Ghale

Nitu Ghale

Jody Garcia

21 Apr
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Our shareable dashboard tracks stimulus spending 

By Anastasia Valeeva, TRACE Investigative Reporting Fellow 2022

Anastasia Valeeva

Since the first day I joined The Marshall Project in January as part of my fellowship, I’ve been tracking and organizing ARPA expenditures with my colleagues. In early April, at the Poynter webinar series “Follow The Money: American Rescue Plan,” we showed the prototype of our database tool to a wider audience of journalists. 

What is ARPA and why is it important to track it? 

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act was signed by President Joe Biden in March 2021. The federal spending is intended to aid public health and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The act includes $350 billion in emergency funding for state, local and territorial and tribal governments. 

The scale of this funding is unprecedented in our era – it’s been almost 40 years since the last time money was distributed to local governments at this scale. So is the complexity. 

The U.S. Treasury requires recipients to comply with the reporting responsibilities. But the flexibility it provides means that exactly how this money is going to be spent is pretty much up to the governments themselves. This is where journalists, researchers and watchdog groups should come in. 

Who is reporting what? 

If you want to track how her government is spending ARPA funds, the first thing you should do is understand what the reporting requirements are, and they differ for different governments. There are six reporting tiers that all recipients fall into based on jurisdiction type, population and amount of award, and three main types of report collected: Interim Report, Project & Expenditure Report, and Recovery Plan Performance Report. The tiering is illustrated in this diagram by the US Treasury, as shown on this screenshot: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnoKlSwCA-g 

The Interim Report and Project & Expenditure Report are tables, similar in structure across the governments. They report spending according to the “expenditure categories” as defined by the Treasury. The Recovery Plan Performance reports are text-based PDFs that provide project-level spending, the most granular level of analysis.  Spending assigned to one category can be split up between several projects. 

All of these reports are currently being provided by the Treasury, and reporters can search and download them, one at a time. But how does one track all of this data as a whole?

The Marshall Project ARPA Dashboard

 This is what the data team at The Marshall Project has been working on: we scraped and systematized all of the information provided by each government to the Treasury. This includes 3,777 Interim Reports and nearly 400 Recovery Plans. All of this goes into a database that  allows keyword search, filtering and other analysis of the data. 

While The Marshall Project is focused on covering criminal justice, we realize that ARPA funding is much bigger than one topic. So by making this dashboard available to the others in the media, we are hoping to achieve two goals: get some new partners to monitor the spending on law enforcement together; and allow the wider audience of journalists to get easier access to ARPA data. If you’d like to check the prototype, you can fill out this form.

12 Jan
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Tanka Dhakal

Bharatpur, Nepal

Organized Crime and Corruption Project Fellow

Dhakal, 34, has been a multimedia reporter for DeshSanchar.com, a Nepalese/English digital news outlet, since 2018. During the fellowship program, Dhakal will work for Wisconsin Watch, an innovative digital startup founded by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Reporting.

He’s done in-depth reports on child sexual abuse and children deprived of an elementary school education and covered sensitive topics such as dowry practices and menstrual cycle taboos.

Dhakal also reported on the Rohingya refugees in Nepal and melting glaciers. He previously worked for a national radio network and notably covered wildlife conservation efforts and the problems of people with HIV. His editor calls Dhakal “an outstanding reporter with a team spirit, the ability to lead and a keenness to learn.”

12 Jan
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Gagandeep Singh

Jalandhar, India

Organized Crime and Corruption Project Fellow

Singh, 31, is a multimedia reporter for the Hindustan Times, covering districts in the far north of India since 2017.

Singh focuses on criminal justice issues. He uncovered financial irregularities in the land acquisition process for government projects and several cases of corruption involving government ministers and the former director general of police in Punjab. Singh also exposed wrongdoing by a religious leader who conspired to provoke communal tension.

Singh said corruption is hindering the ability of the government to provide basic services in the region. He also wants to report on transnational drug smuggling and sees that involving a network of investigative reporters will strengthen his investigative reporting.

12 Jan
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Nitu Ghale

Kathmandu, Nepal

Organized Crime and Corruption Project Fellow

Ghale, 34, has been a reporter for Annapurna Post, a national daily, for six years. During the fellowship program, Ghale will work at the Columbia Missourian and multimedia newsrooms affiliated with the Missouri School of Journalism.

She was selected in 2021 for a reporting fellowship by the British Council in Nepal. Ghale focuses on the environment, particularly how climate change is affecting her country and region. Deepak Adhikari, a former Alfred Friendly from Nepal, said Ghale focuses on underreported issues such as the water crisis in the middle hill region. “She has traveled to rural areas and talked to people affected by climate change, a welcome change from arm chair reporting from Kathmandu, he said. “She appears like a reporter who deeply cares about the environment and its impact.”

Somesh Jha
12 Jan
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Somesh Jha

New Delhi, India

Organized Crime and Corruption Project Fellow

Jha, 30, is a member of The Reporters Collective established in India in 2021.  The group of investigative reporters  collaborate to produce in-depth multimedia projects in multiple languages that “put the spotlight on those in power.”

Jha will work at the Los Angeles Times during his fellowship.

He previously worked for BloombergQuint and in early 2021 wrote a four-part investigative series called The Privatisation Files that examined hundreds of documents obtained through the transparency law.

At the Business Standard, Jha received several awards for his reporting on the politics of statistics in India — the government was hiding a rise in the unemployment rate and a drop in consumer confidence.

The series won awards, was picked up by international newspapers and compelled over 200 economists to write an open letter demanding autonomy over India’s statistical institutions.

Friendly Fellow Samarth Bansal calls Somesh “a fantastic reporter.”


Al Jazeera published Jha’s investigative series on India’s monetary policy.

India sought probe into ex-RBI gov Rajan for helping ‘white man’ | Business and Economy News | Al Jazeera

 

07 Jan
0

Owner guts Kyiv Post, independent spirit survives

By Illia Ponomarenko 

(Six reporters from Kyiv Post have trained in the Alfred Friendly  fellowship program since 2014. Ponomarenko, whose fellowship was cut short in 2020 because of the pandemic, was the defense and security reporter at the Kyiv Post and now covers those topics for the Kyiv Independent. He has reported about the war in eastern Ukraine from the start)

There seemed to be nothing unusual about our regular morning news content meeting on Monday, Nov. 8, at The Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s oldest English-language newspaper.

When it was my turn, I gave a short update on COVID-19 in Ukraine and then started to post my article on the situation as the meeting continued.

Illia Ponomarenko    (Hillary Tan/Missourian)

Sipping my coffee and yawning, I saw that the website dashboard was not responding to me. I asked our website mechanics to fix what I assumed was a simple glitch. 

It turned out we had all been locked out of the computer system at that very moment.

What followed was a funeral speech by the boss, chief editor Brian Bonner.

“This is my last goodbye to you,” he said. “I’ve been given an order to shut this newspaper down. There will be no stories, no printed issues, no nothing. Starting from now. I did all I could. Please forgive me.” 

We were fired. All 50 of the newspaper’s staff. We were ordered to leave the office that very day. 

Publisher Adnan Kivan, a development tycoon from Odessa, following his numerous failed attempts to interfere with our editorial independence and hiring policies, just decided to get rid of us.

One of Ukraine’s most respected publications, with 26 years of history and readers from across the world, including top diplomats and politicians, was killed in a snap. A sweet child of ours, for the sake of which we spent so many sleepless nights writing stories, was no more.

We did try to save the Kyiv Post. We asked Kivan to let us continue using the brand or sell the newspaper to a willing buyer. We did this twice. The answer was no. 

Kivan wanted to continue exploiting the brand, and hire more obedient and agreeable reporters and editors.

So that was it. We ended up alone on the beach. We exchanged glances and talked about what we wanted to do next. 

And the core content staff of 30 people in our 20s and 30s — Ukrainians and expatriates from America, Britain, France, Canada, Russia and Japan — decided to stay together. We decided that we needed to establish a brand-new media outlet that would keep the independent flame burning. 

So we started The Kyiv Independent, the successor of the Kyiv Post’s core principles and standards of quality we were all taught to follow. 

We sought sponsors and investors, dealt with paperwork to get regist

ered, and established our business plan. For the past two months, we’ve worked day and night to rise from the ashes.

Thanks tothe great enthusiasm of my mates, we launched this full-fledged media outlet just three weeks after the Kyiv Post was slaughtered. I have never seen a newsroom so aggressively loyal to the core values of true journalism and so eager not to give up without a good fight. 

After all, we couldn’t let our country do without a good and credible English-language media outlet talking to the world. Particularly now, as Russia threatens to escalate its war in Ukraine’s east.

In many ways, this endeavor was enabled by our extremely loyal and supportive audience, to our great surprise. And the fact that our cause is important and popular. 

The death of an independent Kyiv Post was quite a scandal in Ukraine and beyond. There were periods when we would give two or three interviews to global media outlets every day. As the new year rolls in, we’re still giving interviews about what happened on November 8. 

We lost count at over 200 articles and podcasts covering our story in the first weeks. 

As of Jan. 6, we’re the biggest Ukrainian media outlet in terms of popular funding from regular rea

Ponomarenko periodically covers the war with Russia from the front lines

ders: we now have 700 patrons on our membership platform, which is a record in our country. Within days, we raised over $10,000 — again, thanks to former Kyiv Post readers willing to help us get back in business by sending us a bit of their money. 

What’s great about what’s happened to us is that our case has demonstrated that, against all expectations, people in Ukraine appreciate true journalism and are ready to do something to help it survive. 

The Kyiv Independent website was launched by a Kyiv-based IT company at no cost to us. Many lawyers volunteered to advise us on legal issues pro bono. Right now, I am writing these words sitting in an office room belonging to a large co-working space network in Kyiv. The company’s owner had sent me a message on Facebook: “Guys, if you need a place to work and meet at, just come to us; it’s free.”

What happened along with the birth of The Kyiv Independent was something even bigger.

So I decided to say no to quite a few job offers from other media outlets and stay with my old home team. This romantic story of rising from ashes against all odds definitely deserves a chance to play out.

 

 

 

Randy Smith
15 Dec
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A message from our president: ‘We’re ready to start a New Year with a renewed sense of hope’

Dear friends, Randy Smith

This was a challenging year on many levels but one aspect remained true — we all depended  on journalism that is ethical, innovative and influential.

Your backing helped Alfred Friendly Press Partners play a critical role in lifting up journalism around the world. You’ve demonstrated, through your contributions, that these values matter to you and our world. 

Now, we’re ready to start a New Year with a renewed sense of hope and inspiration. That includes the extraordinary journalists from across the globe who are patiently waiting to travel to the U.S. to train at the Missouri School of Journalism and within leading U.S. newsrooms so they can better inform all of us.  

Your support at this time means we’ll have the resources needed to ensure their fellowships seamlessly move forward. 

Our 2022 Fellows are: 

  • David Mono Danga, a correspondent for Voice of America and co-founder of an online investigative media platform in South Sudan
  • Jody García, a reporter in Guatemala who contributes to the New York Times 
  • Anastasia Valeeva, a data journalist and project coordinator who’s led investigative reports from Russia and neighboring Kyrgyzstan

The Class of 2022 also includes eight reporters from South Asia in the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, an investigative reporting platform for a worldwide network of independent media centers and journalists. 

These incoming Fellows include Parth Nikhil, an independent reporter based in Mumbai who primarily writes about rural India and sociopolitical topics, and Indunil Arachchi of Sri Lanka, a reporter who’s contributed to international news outlets. Others will come from Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal.

We know they’ll follow in the footsteps of alumni such as Humayoon Babur, who this year provided early insights from Afghanistan as the U.S. military prepared to leave; Alia Ibrahim who started a groundbreaking digital media company in Lebanon, and Daniela Castro, who’s tracking the pandemic in Colombia and across South America.

Now, more than ever, your financial backing will help us continue our nonprofit’s important work by ensuring our fellows have the travel, housing and logistical support needed for successful fellowships.

As always, we look forward to your feedback and thoughts. 

With much appreciation, 

Randy Smith

President

P.S. Alfred Friendly Press Partner has trained more than 330 early-career journalists from over 80 countries since 1984 thanks to supporters like you. Next year you, and all of us, will need even more ethical and accurate reporting from around the world. Your tax-deductible contribution will help make it happen.

08 Dec
0

Missouri law firm gives Alfred Friendly, law school $1 million

The Stueve Siegel Hanson law firm based in Kansas City donated $500,000 to support Alfred Friendly Press Partners at the Missouri School of Journalism.

The Stueve Siegel Hanson Fund for Press Freedom will support a journalist working to improve the legal system or race relations in his or her home country.

Alfred Friendly Press Partners trains early-career journalists from countries with underdeveloped media to practice professional, ethical, and innovative journalism. The nonprofit organization, established in 1984, provides hands-on training in U.S. and international newsrooms and within the Missouri School of Journalism.

Pat Stueve talks with Fellows from Turkey, Cuba and South Africa during a reception at the law firm in Kansas City in 2016

Randy Smith, Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism, professor at MU and president of Alfred Friendly Press Partners, said the gift is reflective of Stueve Siegel Hanson’s tireless work on behalf of a just society.

“Patrick Stueve and his wife, Janna, have been thought leaders for years with the Alfred Friendly Foundation, where Pat is also a board member,” he said. “This transformative gift from Stueve Siegel Hanson underscores the continuing generosity of the firm – and their strong belief that a free press can change our world for the better.”

In 2017, the Stueve family foundation sponsored its first Alfred Friendly Fellow, Binita Dahal, who works for BBC’s Nepal news service. She has a law degree and has reported extensively on the legal issues in her country. The Stueves funded the fellowships of Bilge Kotan of Turkey in 2020 and Juan Garcia of Guatemala in 2018, while Siegel helped fund the fellowship of Yan Zhang of China in 2019.

Jonathan Friendly, chairman of the nonprofit organization, said, “From its beginning in 1983, the Alfred Friendly Foundation was built on the idea of operating as a family. It is exciting to have another family, Janna and Pat Steuve, sharing the enthusiasm for training journalists to make a better informed world.” 

The law firm announced Nov. 29 that it will also donate $500,000 to establish the Stueve Siegel Hanson Law Scholarship to support Black students at the MU School of Law.

Stueve, co-founder of Stueve Siegel Hanson and treasurer of the Alfred and Jean Friendly Foundation Board, said the two gifts complement the firm’s commitment to the pursuit of justice.

“We want to be an agent of positive change in the legal system,” Stueve said. “It is critical that we support diverse legal minds to serve as our next generation of attorneys, advocates, judges and legislators, and it is critical that we support journalists who can bring transparency and accountability to governments around the world.”

Norman Siegel, co-founder of Stueve Sigel Hanson, said the gift is a meaningful way to commemorate the firm’s 20th anniversary.

“Achieving ‘Justice for All’ is not possible without action, especially from those of us who have succeeded in law,” Siegel said. “We are honored to be able to invest in a more diverse and accountable legal system, and we hope other law firms will join us in this pursuit.”

Pat and Janna accept an award from Alfred Friendly presented by Randy Smith during a gala in Washington in 2018

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