Immigration Journalism Fellowship

The Immigration Journalism Fellowship equips journalists with funds to produce immigration and integration reporting of the highest quality, over a period of four to six months. The French-American Foundation–United States and its international jury have selected a new class of talented journalists in 2015 to pursue these projects below.

To learn more about the two classes who have completed the Fellowship to date and see the works produced from those projects funded by the French-American Foundation, click here.


2015 Immigration Journalism Fellows

Jay Greene


Jay Greene

The return of the Indian diaspora to an opportunity-rich homeland, The Seattle Times

PROJECT: For years, a diaspora of India's brightest technical minds left for better opportunities in the developed world. Now, there is race for them to return home, where they can help nurture, and profit from, the technology gold rush that’s come to India.

JOURNALIST: Jay Greene is a business reporter for The Seattle Times, where he focuses on covering Amazon.com. He previously spent ten years as BusinessWeek’s Seattle bureau chief, where he wrote primarily about Microsoft. He has also worked as a senior writer for the technology news Web site, CNET. Jay is the author of “Design Is How It Works: How the Smartest Companies Turn Products into Icons” (Penguin/Portfolio). He’s also won several national awards, including the Best In Business Award for Explanatory Journalism from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) for a series he wrote in 2012 on the life cycle of an iPhone. Jay was also one of the first three recipients of the McGraw Fellowships for Business Journalism awarded by City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism in August 2014, which led to his series about cultural challenges Amazon faces in Europe.

Works by Jay Greene
India Draws Tech Dreamers Back Home, The Seattle Times, November 28, 2015
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Diane Jeantet


Diane Jeantet

The repercussions of a U.S.-backed Mexican crack down on migration from Central America, Le Figaro

PROJECT: Last summer, under pressure from the United States, Mexico increased its security presence along the Guatemalan border as part of a wider plan to halt a surge of young Central American migrants heading north to escape poverty and blood-thirsty gangs. Mexico's tough new policy, which has been praised by the United States, may be making life more dangerous for migrants, some of the most vulnerable people in the Americas, by making them easier preys for the cartels.

JOURNALIST: Diane Jeantet is the current Mexico correspondent for French daily newspaper Le Figaro. Recent coverage has been focusing on immigration, security issues and the ongoing economical, judicial and energy reforms implemented by the current administration. Diane graduated from a dual degree between Sciences Po and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2012.

Works by Diane Jeantet

Migrants : le Mexique freine la route vers les États-Unis, Le Figaro, January 7, 2016

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Lauren Markham


Lauren Markham

The consequences of U.S. efforts to stop immigration from violence-ridden El Salvador, Vice Magazine

PROJECT: With violence in El Salvador surpassing that of any other country in Central America, the U.S. government has initiated new and wildly unsuccessful efforts to quell violence in El Salvador. Simultaneously, it is supporting Mexican authorities to keep migrants from crossing into the United States. By following migrants who are fleeing communities where these much-lauded violence intervention programs have failed and crossing into Mexico, only to be deported back to violence without due process, this story will show the impact of U.S. dollars on would-be migrants and their fractured families living in the United States.

JOURNALIST: Lauren Markham is a writer and reporter based in Northern California. She focuses on issues related to youth, migration and the environment, and her work has appeared in outlets such as VICE Magazine, The New Yorker.com, VQR, Guernica, Orion, The New Republic, Pacific Standard and on This American Life.

Works by Lauren Markham

City of Dreams, Orion Magazine

Northbound, VQR, December 14, 2015

The 18th Street Gang Just Set Out to Prove It Runs El Salvador’s Transport System, VICE, August 5, 2015

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Lauren Ober


Lauren Ober

The emergence and results of LGBT emigration from Russia following a 2013 discriminatory law, WAMU 88.5 FM

PROJECT: Since Russia passed its LGBT Propaganda Law in 2013, Russia's gay community has been living under constant threat of violence and persecution. Many have been forced to flee their country and seek asylum in the U.S. This project will document their flight from Russia and their lives here in America.

JOURNALIST: Lauren Ober is a reporter at WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington, D.C. Her radio work on topics like Senate bean soup, LGBT asylum seekers and Persian dodgeball has been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition, Here & Now, Latino USA, PRI’s The World, 99% Invisible, UnFictional, Only A Game and the BBC, among other outlets. She is a graduate of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and the Transom Story Workshop in the radio wonderland of Woods Hole, MA. Say hi on Twitter @oberandout.

Works by Lauren Ober

Russian LGBT Activists Torn Between Two Worlds, WAMU Radio, September 11, 2015

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Louise Osborne

Ruby Russell


Louise Osborne & Ruby Russell

Stateless Europe: a European population without citizenship and the consequences of statelessness, The Guardian

PROJECT: Hundreds of thousands of people in Europe lack citizenship of any nation and are denied basic rights as a result. Our series of articles will put the spotlight on statelessness in Europe - an issue that affects both recent immigrants and families who arrived generations ago, yet are still treated as outsiders.

JOURNALISTS: Louise Osborne is a British journalist living and working in Berlin. She has written on topics ranging from integration and environmental exploitation to the Arab Spring. Her print, radio and TV reports have appeared in outlets including The Guardian, Deutsche Welle, The Atlantic, USA Today, Global Post and Occupy.com.

Ruby Russell is a Berlin-based journalist whose career has spanned art publishing, refugee advocacy, environmental journalism, and co-founding Teller, a very irregular literary and arts magazine. She has written for Deutsche Welle, The Guardian, Global Post and Occupy.com, among others.

Works by Louise Osborne & Ruby Russell

Refugee crisis creates 'stateless generation' of children in limbo, The Guardian, December 27, 2015

Stateless in Europe: 'We are no people with no nation,' The Guardian, December 27, 2015

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Roque Planas


Roque Planas

Statelessness amid new laws in the Dominican Republic, The Huffington Post

PROJECT: A series of web articles covering the citizenship and immigration debate in the Dominican Republic, where recent legal changes have left thousands of people of Haitian descent stateless.

JOURNALIST: Roque Planas is a reporter at The Huffington Post, where he covers Latino politics, immigration and Latin American affairs. Prior to joining HuffPost, his reporting and analysis appeared at publications including Fox News Latino, The New York Daily News, Foreign Policy Magazine, and others. His reporting earned an honorable mention for the Latin American Studies Association's Media Award in 2015.

Works by Roque Planas

'My Mother Told Me Never To Marry A Black Woman': How Race Works In The Dominican Republic, Huffington Post, July 7, 2015

50 Years Of Cutting Cane May Not Be Enough To Keep Dominican Republic From Deporting You, Huffington Post, June 26, 2015

The Dominican Republic Wants To Deport 60,000 Stateless Kids, Huffington Post, June 24, 2015

Haitian Migrants Face Expulsion From Dominican Republic After Last Week's Deadline, Huffington Post, June 22, 2015

Thousands Woke Up At Risk Of Deportation In The Dominican Republic. Almost All Of Them Are Black., Huffington Post, June 18, 2015

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Arun Venugopal


Arun Venugopal

The experience of French Muslims following the Charlie Hebdo attacks, WNYC and PRI's The World

PROJECT: His project will explore the lives of French Muslims in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. How do they respond to the spike in anti-Muslim sentiment as well as proposals to integrate them more successfully?

JOURNALIST: Arun Venugopal is the creator and voice of Micropolis, WNYC Radio's ongoing look at race & identity in New York City and beyond. He's a regular contributor to NPR and has written for the Wall Street Journal, Salon and The Guardian. He lives with his wife and kid in Queens.

Works by Arun Venugopal

How Will Europe Respond to the Migration Crisis?, WNYC, September 11, 2015

Middle Eastern refugees will be joining another group of new arrivals in Europe: Africans, PRI's The World, September 7, 2015

Talking — and not talking — about race and identity in France, PRI's The World, July 14, 2015

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