2008 Daniel Pearl Journalism Fellowships


Daniel Pearl on his wedding day, 1999. Courtesy of the Daniel Pearl Foundation.

The Daniel Pearl Foundation, in partnership with the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships, brings mid-career reporters from South Asia and the Middle East to work for six months in a major U.S. newsroom and participate in national seminars. The Daniel Pearl Fellows also work for one week at a Jewish publication where many are introduced to Jewish colleagues for the first time.

This program enables journalists from countries where Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl worked to experience the practical workings of U.S. newsrooms, as well as gain a new perspective on reporting techniques. Past Fellows have capitalized on their experience by offering seminars and training in objective reporting to their colleagues back home.

In May 2008, first Daniel Pearl Fellow, Pakistani journalist Fasih Ahmed, won the New York Press Club’s Best Spot News Award 2007 for coverage of the Benazir Bhutto assassination for Newsweek.

Ammara Durrani, the second Daniel Pearl journalism fellow, has recently accepted a position as an aide to the Pakistani Minister of Information & Broadcasting. In her new position, Durrani is assisting the Minister and the Government of Pakistan to evolve and implement communications strategies for Pakistan’s public diplomacy and counter-terrorism efforts.

This year’s fellowship recipients were Utku Çakirözer of Turkey, hosted by the Los Angeles Times and Umar Cheema of Pakistan, hosted by the New York Times. Both appeared at the Los Angeles Press Club on August 14 for a free public discussion moderated by Rob Eshman, editor in chief of The Jewish Journal.

Click here for Rob Eshman’s related article.

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