Scholarship Winners 2010

The Foreign Press Association 2010 Scholarship Winners were CLAIR MAC DOUGALL (1ST) from Australia, OYVIND GUSTAVSEN (2ND) from Norway, SHREEYA SINHA (2ND) from India, PRITTI PATNAIK (3RD) from Indian, and DARIA SOLOVIEVA (3RD) from Russia.


Like many young journalists, I have had a love-hate relationship with words for most of my life. But throughout my travels in South Asia and the Middle East I began to understand the power of words and their relationship to democracy and freedom. It was during my travels through countries full of poverty and political repression that I decided I wanted to use words to reflect truth and reality and take up the wonderful burden of being a reporter.

Born in Melbourne, Australia, I graduated with first-class Honors in political theory at Monash University in 2007 and moved to Delhi to work as an interning reporter at the Indian Express. I then worked as an editor of an agricultural weekly in an Australian town called Wagga Wagga, before coming to New York to study journalism at Columbia. After graduating I hope to work as a foreign correspondent in Africa.


From Norway he received his first newspaper job as a 16 year-old. Hired by the national daily paper, Vart Land, he worked afternoons and evenings sorting out news, updating the photo archive and writing short stories. He was the youngest employee in their news department.

While serving in the Norwegian Army, he was appointed to the Press and Information Office at NATO’s Joint Warfare Center. Facilitating press conferences and updating journalists with the latest news from the Kosovo operations gave him a taste of international reporting.

He took a deeper dive into foreign news during his internship in the Middle East as a correspondent for the Norwegian daily Dagen. Based in Jerusalem, he travelled to Gaza, the West Bank and Jordan covering the so-called Second Intifada.

Currently completing his M.A. in political journalism at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Oyvind has explored political movements within Native American communities. Upon graduation, he hopes to continue to create awareness of under reported issues by telling stories that pierce both the heart and the mind of his readers.


Shreeya is a multimedia journalist based in New York. She’s investigated oil revenue flows in developing countries, covered the legal aid crisis in New York and reported on psychological trauma in gangs. She also uses social media platforms to report and raise awareness about the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and CNN International’s Business Unit, where she also helps produce a daily show, World Business Today.

Prior to joining the team Shreeya interned at CNBC-TV18 and CNNIBN in India. She was raised in India, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, and Bangladesh, before studying in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas, Boston, and New York.

She holds a B.A. from Brandeis University. That year The Carter Center funded Shreeya and her peers to examine socioeconomic
conditions in the West Bank and Israel. Now at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Shreeya uses multimedia to report in Harlem and the Bronx. She’s set to graduate in May and hopes to continue her lifelong passion to give a voice to the voiceless and shed light on media dark issues.


I am a business journalist from New Delhi and a student at New York University’s Business and Economic Reporting program.
I have worked in India for five years covering government finances and banking. I began reporting in 2004 for the Business Standard, a financial daily. A year later, The Economic Times, India’s largest selling business daily, hired me to cover policy and regulation of the financial services.

Though it was enriching, I constantly wanted to improve my understanding of finance, since I was originally a science student with a background in microbiology and genetics. In September 2008, I enrolled into NYU’s cross-disciplinary master’s program. Last year I spent a few months at Breaking Views learning to write financial commentary. Last summer, I interned at The American Lawyer reporting on bankruptcy and anti-trust. Earlier this year, I worked at Debtwire, part of the Financial Times Group which provided great exposure to niche reporting on distressed debt.


Daria Solovieva was born in Russia. Daria holds a BA degree in International Relations from Bard College in Annanandale-on-Hudson, NY. Since 2005 she has written on Russian and international affairs for the World Politics Review, Russia Profile, and Economist magazines. She has traveled to Mogadisho to cover Somalia’s humanitarian conflict for the Economist. And in 2008 she joined the Wall Street Journal bureau in Moscow. Daria is currently completing an MA degree in business reporting from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and will be joining Bloomberg News in the summer.

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