Join us to hear fascinating stories from Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows — professional journalists from around the globe.
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a U.S. State Department initiative that brings mid-career professional journalists from other countries to American universities for 10 months to learn and teach. The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is one of only 18 host campuses nationally, and one of two that hosts journalists and communications professionals. This year's cohort includes journalists from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ghana, Maldives, Namibia, Pakistan and Russia. As you might imagine, their stories are fascinating. Come gain new perspectives from seasoned journalists from around the globe.
The 2011-2012 Humphrey Fellows in Journalism are:
Andreza Andrade, from Brazil, has a bachelor’s degree in socio-communication and journalism from the State University of Paraiba. From 2005 to 2010, she worked as a communication and project adviser for Instituto Socioambiental, a Brazilian nongovernmental organization whose mission is to propose integrated solutions to social and environmental issues. Andrade also has worked with indigenous populations in the northwest Amazon to foster digital inclusion. She plans to develop her new media skills to further these efforts with minority populations.
Mona Abdel Alim, of Egypt, has master’s and bachelor’s degrees in political philosophy from Faculty of Arts, Alexandria University. She is head of media and coordinator of the advocacy unit for Alexandria Business Association, which monitors private-sector business in Egypt. She intends to build her leadership and multimedia skills while at Cronkite.
Lubna Benjamin, from Pakistan, has a master’s degree in international relations from Quaid-i-Azam University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Viqar Un Nisa College for Women. Since 2006, she has been an associate producer for Geo TV’s current affairs talk show, “Capital Talk.” She will study broadcast production and television news techniques.
Hao Chen, from China, has a bachelor’s degree in the Malay language from Beijing Foreign Studies University and also has studied journalism at Universiti Putra Malaysia. He is the executive editor of the International Herald Leader, published by China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency, one of the largest news agencies in the world. He will study digital media and its effects on traditional media as well as the business of journalism.
Antonio Jimenez, from Costa Rica, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Universidad de Costa Rica and has studied social media and English at Columbia University in New York. As executive editor for ameliarueda.com, he oversees a venture by one of Costa Rica’s leading reporters that has broken ground in convergence across media platforms. He will study new uses of mobile technology for news production and distribution.
Lejla Kapetanovic, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Faculty of Political Sciences. Since 2010, she has been an associate expert for communication at the Public Administration Reform coordinator’s office, creating internal and external communications and managing social media for an office charged with reforming public administration in the country. She hopes to improve her skills in social and digital media for use in corporate and governmental communications.
Evgeny Kuzmin, from Russia, has a specialist in journalism designation from Amur State University. He is director of the Amur.Info news agency and its website, where he leads a team of editors, programmers, designers and reporters in content production. He plans to study new media, media management and business journalism while at the Cronkite School.
Taati Niilenge, from Namibia, has a bachelor’s degree in media studies from the University of Namibia. She is a reporter at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation. She hopes to build her social media and online media skills while at Cronkite.
Lujain Shafeeq, from Maldives, has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Curtin University of Technology in Australia. He also holds a certificate in broadcast journalism from the Ministry of Information and Arts in Maldives. He is the communications and creative director for a company specializing in information solutions for businesses. He also is a news anchor for a private television station and lectures on multimedia journalism at The Maldives National University. He is interested in new media and communication theory.
Elena Strapkova, from Slovakia, has a master’s degree in economics and tourism from the University of Matej Bel in Slovakia. She is vice editor in chief of Gastro magazine, which covers travel and food for Slovakian and Czech audiences. She hopes to enhance her public relations and communications skills in order to promote her country as a tourist destination.
Read more about the 2011 Humphrey Fellows here.
Tuesday, Jan. 24
6:30–7 p.m. Sign-in and refreshments
7–8:30 p.m. Program with Q&A
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication - Room 256
ASU Downtown Campus
555 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Free parking provided