2017 Class of Fellows

Fatima Bhojani

Journalist at Reuters

Fatima Bhojani

Fatima Bhojani

Fatima Bhojani is a reporter covering counter-terrorism and foreign policy. Her work has appeared in Reuters, Foreign Affairs, and The Washington Post. She graduated from the Stabile program at Columbia Journalism School.

*Title Project: Counter-terrorism in Minneapolis
* Project Synopsis: Minneapolis is one of the pilot cities for the DHS’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program. A local movement of young Somalis say that the program disproportionately and unfairly targets their immigrant community.
*Committed Media Outlet: The New York Times


Jacqueline Charles

– Caribbean Correspondent for Miami Herald

Jacqueline Charles is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Emmy Award winning Caribbean Correspondent at the Miami Herald. She began her journalism career at the Herald as a 14-year-old high school intern before graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Jacqueline’s assignments have taken her throughout the Caribbean as well as Liberia, Kenya, Italy, Mexico and Canada. She serves as a member of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Journalism and Mass Communication Board of Advisers. In 2015 she was recognized by UNC as a Distinguished Alumni.

*Title Project: Haitian Migration in the Americas
*Project Synopsis: Last fall, after an unprecedented wave of Haitian migrants arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced it was resuming its practice of deporting undocumented Haitians. Under the change, arriving women and children were temporarily allowed into the country, but men were put into deportation proceedings and placed in remote detention facilities across the United States. Now thousands of U.S.-bound Haitian refugees who initially sought safety and work in Brazil after the devastation of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake continue to be stuck in Central American and Mexican cities.
*Committed Media Outlet: Miami Herald/ El Nuevo Herald


Jessica Le Masurier

– Journalist at France 24 and RFI

Jessica Le Masurier

Jessica Le Masurier

Jessica Le Masurier is France 24 international news channel’s New York and United Nations Correspondent. She has been working for France 24 since 2009 and has been based in New York City since 2013. She is particularly interested in stories focusing on human rights. Jessica is multilingual, she has reported from over 20 countries and has been based in London, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Paris and New York over the course of her career. She was educated at Oxford University. She is British Italian American with French ancestry.

*Title Project: Is Trump shutting the door on the Muslim American dream?
* Project Synopsis: We are doing a story on the repercussions of Trump’s immigration policies for Muslims living in the US. We will film our story in Dearborn, Michigan, the US city with the highest concentration of Muslims. We will ask how they feel about the rise of islamophobia here in the US and examine if Trump’s policies are unconstitutional. The TV documentary will be broadcast in English, French and Arabic. It will be between 15 and 30 minutes long.
*Committed Media Outlet: France 24


Jason Motlagh

– Freelance writer and News documentary producer

Jason Motlagh is an award-winning multimedia journalist whose work focuses on human rights and lives lived in extremis. Formerly Time Magazine’s Afghanistan correspondent, he has reported from more than fifty countries and a half-dozen conflicts spanning West Africa to Southeast Asia for National Geographic, Outside, The Washington Post, The Guardian and The Economist. He’s an International Reporting Fellow with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and founder of Blackbeard Media, an Oakland, California-based company that produces news documentaries for Al Jazeera, National Geographic and SBS Dateline. Jason also hosts investigations for AJ+, Fault Lines and People & Power.

*Title Project: The Devil’s Anvil
*Project Synopsis: Legions of Europe-bound Africans cross the Sahara Desert each year, braving bandits, Islamist militants and sand tracks to nowhere. Their ranks are growing despite the life-and-death boat passage that awaits them, and rising ethnic nationalism across the water. Jason Motlagh runs the gauntlet alongside the migrants who are changing the complexion of a continent.
*Committed Media Outlet: The New Republic


Katie Schlechter

– Freelance print and audio journalist

Katie Schlechter is a freelance print and radio journalist based in Mexico City. She reports on migration, LGBTQ issues, sex work, addiction, international law/policy as well as U.S. involvement in Latin America, past and present. Prior to her freelance career, she completed her M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University.

*Title Project: Mexico’s Human Trafficking Laws Imprisons Women they Aim to Protect
* Project Synopsis: Mexico’s current law against human trafficking is being used to round up women, mostly migrants from Central America, working in cantinas and/or doing sex work in the southern state of Chiapas. Critics argue that the law places these women into one of two rigid categories, victims of trafficking or traffickers of others, even when little evidence supports either designation. While the international press has largely oversimplified the issue and praised the law’s crackdown on sex trafficking, migrant women are being deported and sentenced to prison for crimes that they have not committed.
*Committed Media Outlet: HuffPost


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