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2015 Fellows

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.

JOURNALISTJay 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Arun Venugopal has been a speaker for one event of the French-American Foundation, The New Black Elite, in 2014.


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