Category Archives: Fellowship Blog

03 Jun
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John Schirger

For over 25 years John has represented businesses and individuals nationwide in disputes concerning breach of contract, fraud, business torts, consumer protection, insurance and reinsurance, securities and commodities, whistle-blower claims, and environmental matters. He also has significant experience in personal ...

29 Apr
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The AF journey makes you unlearn and relearn

Journalism is as multi-dimensional as a profession can be. A “news” item can add new and critical information to a developing subject that a reader wants to know about, or a news analysis can add a new perspective to her ...

20 Apr
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A fellowship amid the world’s worst Covid-19 outbreak

By Daniela Castro | It was a cold night in mid-March when I arrived at the Columbia Regional Airport in Missouri — a Midwestern state that’s unknown territory for me. I arrived with two bags fully packed, and was prepared ...

17 Apr
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Although suspended, this fellowship was a great episode in our lives

By Illia Ponomarenko | After so many trips to war zones across the world, I thought there could be no adventure crazy enough to surprise me.  I was wrong: my journey to coronavirus-afflicted America as part of the Alfred Friendly ...

16 Apr
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From classroom to quarantine, a fellowship upended

By Khatia Shamanauri | One month into my journalism fellowship program, I’m writing this post while quarantined in a hotel room back home in Georgia instead of working in the newsroom of the Star-Tribune in Minnesota.  The coronavirus outbreak changed ...

30 Aug
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Fellowship changed me as a journalist, and a person

  By Dumitru Stoianov | Being abroad is never emotionally easy. We’ve all experienced that distress when leaving our countries for a vacation or a short business trip. You have to adapt quickly to local habits, accept (and try to ...

30 Aug
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Plant research institute helps fill gap between science and my beliefs

By Justice Baidoo | I was raised by my grandparents, who farmed cassava,  a starchy tuber crop that dominates West African food.  As subsistence farmers, we needed cassava for our meals at home nearly every day of the week. Occasionally, ...

Yan Zhang
13 May
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Columbia’s connections with China made me feel less of a stranger

By Yan Zhang The journalism school in this Midwestern city is the first in the world to offer degrees in journalism, and Chinese students have enrolled since the beginning, 110 years ago. A professor in my college years, Lo Ven-hwei, ...

07 May
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Training at MU, working at LA Times, a lifetime’s worth of lessons

By Justice Baidoo | Before I arrived here from Ghana to begin work as an Alfred Friendly Journalism Fellow, Los Angeles was just that distant city of big lights, fashion, stars and, of course — Hollywood. I was never going to ...

07 May
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‘Who wouldn’t want to work for a newsroom with these values?’

By Danish Raza | Before this fellowship opportunity, life back home in India had become very comfortable — the kind of comfort that hinders growth. I could take up reporting assignments for the Hindustan Times across the length and breadth ...

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