This year's scholarship applicants were asked to provide either a written OP-ED or a multimedia piece on the following subject: “The 2016 Presidential election cycle has been largely defined by non-traditional candidates from outside the Washington mainstream. How important a role has the media played in the rise of these candidates in the U.S., and how much has the international coverage of these political figures shaped perceptions of the U.S. election process in your home country?” The Awardees are young journalists who demonstrate through their work and accomplishments to date, the leading role that they will be playing in reporting the news of tomorrow.
2016 Scholarship Winners
Aleksandr Gorbachev 1st Place Award $10,000 Missouri School in Journalism Fulbright Scholar Aleksandr is a Russian journalist and Fulbright fellow at the Missouri School in Journalism, which he graduated from in 2016, after defending a thesis on business models of American digital longform publications. Aleksandr Gorbachev is a Russian journalist and Fulbright fellow at the Missouri School in Journalism, which he graduated from in 2016, after defending a thesis on business models of American digital longform publications.
Roberto Capocelli 2nd Place Award $5,000 CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Fulbright Scholar Roberto is a journalist, master’s candidate at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, and a Fulbright scholar. After graduating with a master’s degree in communication from La Sapienza, University of Rome in 2005, he continued his postgraduate studies in journalism and criminology. He started out as a freelance reporter in 2002, traveling to the West Bank and Gaza during the Second Intifada uprising. Roberto has traveled and worked in several countries, including Egypt, Lebanon, the UK and Colombia, where he worked as a human rights officer for the NGO Peace Brigades International. After this experience he produced and filmed a documentary on gold mining in Colombia.
Dien Nguyen An Luong Joint 3rd Place Award $2,500 Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Fulbright Scholar Dien Luong is an investigative journalist from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, covering politics, inequality and globalization. He has just completed his Master of Science degree at Columbia Journalism School as a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship. His work has appeared in the Guardian, Al Jazeera, the Diplomat, YaleGlobal and other publications. Before coming to Columbia, he had worked as a reporter and deputy editor for the English-language edition of Thanh Nien newspaper, a major daily in Vietnam, for six years.
Jennifer Ehidiamen Joint 3rd Place Award $2,500 Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
Jennifer Ehidiamen graduated with a degree in Mass Communication from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ) in Lagos and is currently studying Business and Economics at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York. Prior to attending J-school, Jennifer served in Nigeria as a freelance journalist for selected media organizations, covering health, development and business issues. One of her long-form reports on how girls are barred from school in Nigeria was featured on Voice of America and syndicated by local media in Nigeria. She also wrote a story on the cashless policy introduced to Nigeria’s banking sector, which was published by Global Press Journal, a news wire based in California.
Shachar Peled $10,000 Columbia Graduate Journalism School Shachar Peled is a multimedia journalist from Israel, covering culture, technology and politics. She is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism M.A. program for professional journalists. Her latest story focuses on the ways homeless Americans use technology and social media. Shachar worked as a news anchor and the Culture and Society Correspondent for i24news, an Israeli-based international news channel broadcast in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the U.S. She examined how women break traditional barriers in their societies, uncovered social injustices and reported live on camera from major events in the region, such as Pope Francis’ historic visit to the Middle East and the 2014 war in Gaza.