What our scholars say about the Foreign Press Scholarship Awards
"I am a New York-based journalist covering international news. Working for news outlets in the United States and Israel, I report on politics, immigration, social justice, culture and technology. I regularly produce and write for CNN, as well as report for Haaretz newspaper and Israel's Channel 12. Previously, I was the culture correspondent for i24news. I hold a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. In 2016, I was awarded the first-ever FPA multimedia scholarship, and was shortly after offered the role of associate producer at CNN's New York Bureau. Currently, I am a producer on Fareed Zakaria's show GPS, and write for CNN digital platforms. Bilingual in English and Hebrew, I also continue reporting for Israeli publications. The FPA scholarship was a great opportunity to showcase my skills and the award helped boost my career prospects. As the media world grows more digital, diverse and visual, the multimedia category plays a significant role in allowing journalists to highlight their unique expertise in another form of storytelling".
"I got interested in journalism when I set out to interview and photograph Egyptians around their country shortly after Morsi was ousted. A law student in China at that time, I didn’t know what I was doing was called man-on-the-street interviews or MOS. A lot has happened since then. I wandered around places, talked to friends and strangers, argued with family and myself, and ended up in a journalism school in the US. It felt like a gamble and I didn’t’ know if I was going to make it. While J-school was a blast (I learned what MOS is and so much more), moving into the future felt like walking on endless floating ice. It still feels like it. One big difference now is that I’m working in a great newsroom and wish I have 48 hours to do the work I enjoy every single day. Currently I’m a news assistant in NPR’s investigative unit. Please do check out this team’s great work. The other big difference is that I’m able to live on my own money. This is owed to FPA. The scholarship helped paid for my school expenses so I was able to save up some emergency fund after graduation. FPA also introduced me to its gracious members and accomplished fellow awardees. These are connections I cherish. Future scholars, keep doing what you love and you’ll see spectacular views even as you’re walking on floating ice".
"I am currently a freelance journalist in my home country of Colombia. As the grateful and lucky recipient of a FPA Scholarship, I was able to head off my Columbia Journalism School education with a successful and very educating period as a foreign journalist in France, Spain and most importantly China. In 2011 I arrived in Beijing, where I co-founded and led China Files, a startup that provided a dozen Latin American newspapers and magazines with original stories on Chinese politics, economy and diplomacy. This was a very exciting period for me because, although most developed countries have dozens of journalists covering China, we were the only Latin American journalists in Beijing writing about a country that was a major economic partner but about which we still know very little. In late 2012, personal reasons led me to return to Colombia, as peace negotiations with FARC began with the aim of ending a 50-year-old armed conflicto that has left 8,4 million victims. This breakthrough was so extraordinary that it led me to reconsider my priorities and decide that I had more to offer as a journalist there. For three years, I covered peace-related issues on the ground for La Silla Vacia (our Politico of sorts) and then worked for another two years in the office leading the peace process itself, which led to our Peace Agreement in late 2016. Six months ago, I returned to journalism and I am now reporting and writing about the issues I care most about: reparation of victims, rural development, drug policy (coca eradication), climate change and biodiversity. The FPA Scholarship was crucial for two reasons: it gave me the opportunity to begin my career as a foreign correspondent and it ultimately helped me understand where I was more valuable as a journalist to society".
Natalia V. Osipova
"When I moved to New York from Moscow to study at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, I already had a 9-year-long career on Russian television, but I was eager to learn how U.S. media is different. I received a first-prize FPA scholarship in 2012, which gave me an opportunity to meet great mentors and competitive advantage to apply for jobs in America. After years in broadcast, I wanted to move into visual storytelling and soon landed an internship at The New York Times video unit. My internship turned into a staff position for the following five years. I recently left my job at The Times to join The Wall Street Journal as a senior video journalist where I report, shoot and produce stories in a page one team. I’d encourage any international students to apply to the Foreign Press Association scholarship, as it could open doors and help focus on meaningful work for several months during which many journalists would otherwise be distracted by financial challenges of New York City life".
Naween A. Mangi
"My name is Naween Mangi. I'm from Pakistan and I received the FPA Scholarship Award in 2000. I was finishing my Master's degree in journalism at New York University at the time. I still recall with great fondness the wonderful evening in New York when the award ceremony was held and all the kudos and encouragement we received. After I received the FPA Award, I returned to Pakistan as the founding business editor of a major national daily newspaper and a few years later I went on to become the Pakistan bureau chief of Bloomberg News, a position I remained in for nearly a decade. During that time, I set up a new bureau for Bloomberg, hired and trained staff and expanded the ambit of news out of Pakistan to a breadth and depth never covered before by the company. I currently teach journalism to new and mid-career journalists, I also write on a freelance basis and I run a non-profit I founded 10 years ago called the Ali Hasan Mangi Memorial Trust. Being an FPA award recipient gave me an edge over others when competing for high-profile journalistic positions and I commend the FPA on their excellent work. I wish all current and future recipients all the very best and encourage them to take advantage of being FPA scholars as they seek to propel their careers forward".
"I'm the banking and finance correspondent at The Business Times, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), and have been with the Singapore business daily since 2008. The best way to describe what I do, is that I report at the intersection of finance, technology, regulation, and labour. I cover not just all aspects of banking, but also fintech and its disruptive elements. In 2013, I was awarded a scholarship from the Foreign Press Association of New York. It was a wonderful encouragement to receive an award from a top journalism association outside of Singapore, and has spurred me on to tackle long-form journalism. It's more challenging, but also more satisfying. It's certainly an award worth applying for if you're considering a career in journalism. I won the financial journalist of the year award from a shareholder-rights advocacy body, the Securities Investors Association (Singapore), in 2017. I was also named SPH's journalist of the year in 2018. I hold a Master of Arts (Business and Economic Reporting) from New York University's Stern School of Business and the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute".