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Alfred Friendly Press Partners Names 2014 Fellows

13/03/2014 20:00
The Alfred Friendly Press Partners has announced its 2014 Fellowship Class. On March 19, the Fellows will arrive in the United States for five-and-a-half months of journalism training in American news organizations.as 
“For the first time in our 30-plus years, we have Fellows from Ukraine and Tunisia, and at a critical time for both countries,” said Kathleen Graham, Press Partners’ executive director. “We welcome them along with the entire class of future news leaders, who are committed to promoting press freedom in their home newsrooms. Members of the 2014 Fellowship Class will observe America’s system of open records, improve their investigative reporting skills, discover innovations in journalism and leverage social media and digital technologies to advance global stories.”
The 2014 Fellows are:
·        Arshad Dogar of the News International, Lahore, Pakistan. Host publication: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
·        Anastasia Forina of the Kyiv Post, Kiev, Ukraine. Host publication: Chicago Tribune.
·        Asma Ghribi Freelancer, Tunis, Tunisia. Daniel Pearl Fellow. Host publication: The Wall Street Journal.
·        Zahid Gishkori of the Express Tribune, Islamabad, Pakistan. Host publication: Kansas City Star.
·        Sahar Majid of Dawn, Karachi, Pakistan. Host publication: Philadelphia Inquirer.
·        Harrison Misiko of Daily Nation, Nairobi, Kenya. Host publication: The Washington Post.
·        Kiran Nazish Freelancer, Lahore, Pakistan. Daniel Pearl Fellow. Host publication: The New York Times.
·        Sherif Tarek of Ahram Online, Cairo, Egypt. Daniel Pearl Fellow. Host publication: Los Angeles Times.
“This is our largest group of fellows in several years, and they all hail from places where a free press is not taken for granted,” said Alfred and Jean Friendly Foundation Board President Randall Smith. “They may not realize it now, but they are joining a tight fraternity that will emerge as lifetime friends and colleagues. I saw it this week at a free press conference in Myanmar, where both Sri Ramakrishnan (1999 Alfred Friendly Fellow) and Umar Cheema (2008 Daniel Pearl Fellow) gave inspiring speeches. Two other former fellows were in the audience." 
The Alfred Friendly Press Partners has placed three hundred fellows from 80 countries in U.S. newsrooms.
Created by Alfred Friendly, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and former managing editor of The Washington Post, the program places mid-career journalists from emerging markets in some of America’s best newsrooms for five months. The program allows these international journalists to participate first-hand in America’s constitutionally protected news-gathering and reporting.  
Press Partners is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Programs are supported by contributions from individuals, newsrooms and foundations.

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