The University of Michigan Journalism Fellows has announced awards totaling $330,000 to 12 mid-career reporters, editors and broadcasters.
The winners, who include a Pulitzer Prize recipient, represent a wide variety of types, sizes and locations of news organizations around the country. They will take an academic year off from work to pursue individually designed studies, beginning this month.
“The goal is to improve the quality of information reaching the public by helping 12 of the nation’s most promising journalists to improve still further,” says Charles R. Eisendrath, the program’s director. “I’m delighted that this year’s Fellows include four minorities, to encourage diversity in the newsroom.”
The journalists and their study
Michael Brennan, 39, business reporter, Everett, Wash. Herald. Japanese vs. American manufacturing methods.
John Costa, 47, deputy managing editor, St. Petersburg Times. American community structure.
David Farrell, 39, reporter, Detroit News. African culture and history.
Nicholi Flynn, 37, reporter, Wichita Eagle. Psychology of change.
Herbert Frazier, 41, senior writer, Charleston, S.C. Post and Courier. Self-segregation among African Americans.
David Hanners, 36, special projects writer, Dallas Morning News. The media and capital punishment.
Sherry Howard, 41, deputy national editor, Philadelphia Inquirer. The elderly and U.S. social systems.
William Laitner, 42, health and fitness writer, Detroit Free Press. Improving medical coverage.
Mike Pearson, 32, arts editor, Denver Rocky Mountain News. Writing and photography.
Victor Solis, 41, producer, NBC News, Madrid. Interpreting Europe.
James Tyson Jr., 33, China correspondent, Christian Science Monitor. Freedom vs. order in the post-Communist world.