The Foreign Press Association 2013 Scholarship Winners are Kim Wall (1ST) from Sweden, Anders Melin (2ND) from Sweden, Jamie Lee (2ND) from Singapore, Joanna Margueritte-Giecewicz (3RD) from France, and Silvia Higuera (3RD) from Colombia.
FIRST PRIZE – KIM WALL
Originally from Sweden, Kim Wall is currently pursuing a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University. Kim received her undergraduate degree in International Relations at London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) in 2011, and has also previously studied Peace and Conflict Studies at Lund University, Sweden.
Before moving to New York, Kim worked in political analysis for the European Union in New Delhi, India, as well as for the Swedish Foreign Ministry in Canberra, Australia. Kim has also lived in Beijing, China, where she studied Mandarin and worked as a freelancing journalist.
Upon graduating, Kim aspires for a career in foreign affairs reporting, with particular focus on global politics, conflict, human rights, and development.
SECOND PRIZE – ANDERS MELIN
Born and raised in Karlstad, Sweden, Anders Melin spent most of his childhood in the pool. A deep love for water and an ambition to excel unfolded what would become a seventeen year long stint as a competitive swimmer.
Melin first came to the United States through a scholarship from South Carolina’s Limestone College where he spent two years and earned seven All-America honors and two NCAA titles. Since Limestone didn’t offer journalism, Melin chose to study finance and eventually earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri in May 2012 where he also captained the men’s swim team.
Melin currently pursues a master in journalism at New York University’s Business & Economics Reporting program. He interns at Debtwire North America, a branch of the Financial Times Group, and aspires to launch a professional career covering the European Union’s economic and fiscal policy and the global financial markets.
SECOND PRIZE – JAMIE LEE
Jamie Lee is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Journalism at New York University. She began her career as an intern at Reuters covering the Singapore stock market, and has been with a Singapore business daily The Business Times for four years, where she covered the stock market business, regulation, corporate governance, and boardroom disputes.
In 2010, she won the financial journalist of the year award from a shareholder-rights advocacy body, the Securities Investors Association (Singapore), setting the record as the youngest recipient in the award’s ten-year history. She was named young journalist of the year by her company in 2011. Jamie is a citizen of Singapore.
THIRD PRIZE – JOANNA MARGUERITTE-GIECEWICZ
Joanna Margueritte-Giecewicz earned her MA in International Relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris in 2010, where she pursued a dual research program in conjunction with Freie, Humboldt, and Potsdam Universities in Germany.
She interned at the Communications department of Agence France-Presse in 2008 and spent her last months in Europe working as a photo editor at the International Herald Tribune.
Her interests lie at the vast, but vastly under-researched, cross-section of photography/visual journalism and international politics. She is currently a PhD student and Graduate Assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park.
THIRD PRIZE – SILVIA HIGUERA
I was born and raised in Bucaramanga, Colombia, where I completed my studies in Social Communication and Journalism at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. I worked for more than four years in a newspaper covering local and public policy news.
When I was a child – during the late 90s – violence in Colombia was at its peak creating a feeling of terror among people. Because of the importance of journalism keeping people informed during conflicts, years later I became a journalist interested in covering armed conflict issues.
With the years, my interest has grown and in the future I intent to cover conflicts from an international perspective. This is one of the reasons why I decided to pursue a master’s degree in Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. During my time at UT I have not only learned new topics and improved my skills but I have worked as a journalist with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas where I cover issues such a freedom of speech in Latin America.
I think Journalism is the right mechanism to show communities that they are being listened to and that their problems are important, an essential element to achieve resolution in conflict