Global Reporting Program Fellows

2018


 

Prisca Baike
Makerere University
Prisca Baike is a Ugandan journalist with a passion for giving a voice to the voiceless. She has a keen interest in gender and sexuality and enjoys covering topics about women, children and LGBTIQ rights. Currently a second year master's student at Makerere University Kampala, Prisca is drawn to covering socioeconomic issues such as education, health, agriculture and the environment. She is a writer with The New Vision, Uganda’s leading daily newspaper, and has previously worked with The Observer Newspaper in Uganda.
Oscar Beardmore-Gray
University of British Columbia
Oscar Beardmore-Gray is a multimedia journalist based in Vancouver. Born in the UK, raised partly in Canada he is particularly interested in sport, international relations and politics. He holds a BA in History from the University of Bristol and was sports editor of Epigram, the university’s student paper. He moved back to Vancouver in 2017 to study journalism at UBC and recently interned at CBC’s London bureau and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
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Cameron Bullen
University of British Columbia
Cameron is an ecologist based in Vancouver, BC, where he is currently pursuing a M.Sc with Dr. Kai Chan in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. Cameron is broadly interested in marine conservation and changing ecosystem dynamics in the context of ecosystem function and contribution to people. Before beginning graduate studies, Cameron worked on marine protected areas (MPAs), oil spill monitoring, and climate change mitigation in roles as a research assistant, environmental consultant, and at an environmental NGO.
Paige Dean
The University of British Columbia
Paige is a second year medical student at UBC. After growing up in Vancouver, she moved to Kingston, ON to complete her undergraduate degree in Life Sciences (with a minor in Music) at Queen’s University. Recently, Paige traveled to Nepal with several of her classmates to participate in a global health initiative aimed at supporting screening and diagnosis of sickle cell disease in a rural community. Outside of medical school, Paige enjoys running, skiing, and trying out some of Vancouver’s amazing restaurants.
Dandan Dong
Nanjing University
Dandan Dong is a graduate student majoring in Communication Science at the School of Journalism and Communication at Nanjing University. Driven by a desire to explore, she is passionate about photography, non-linear editing, and learning Spanish. Dandan has participated in the Munich International Summer Program, a summer exchange program hosted by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Munich, Germany). Previously, she has worked with public relations company Publicis Groupe, a 4A advertising company, in an effort to nurture her artistic abilities.
Caroline Graham
University of British Columbia
Caroline Graham is a graduate student at the University of British Columbia's Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries. She is interested in the changing planet, its resources, and people who depend on these resources. A graduate of Grinnell College (USA), she has spent time in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, researching the effects of changing ocean conditions on ecosystems and people. She is always looking for ways to bridge the gap between different disciplines and work together to share knowledge and promote change.
Abi Hayward
University of British Columbia
Hailing from Yorkshire, U.K., Abi Hayward is a journalist currently based in British Columbia, Canada. After shifting from zoology to journalism, Abi now explores the interface between science and society. Her words have appeared in The Guardian, Canadian Geographic and The Tyee. She is a Canadian Online Publishing Awards 2018 Finalist for Best Interactive Story and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2013.
Ryan Patrick Jones
University of British Columbia
Ryan Patrick Jones is a multimedia journalist interested in politics, urban issues and international affairs. He has worked as a web writer and radio reporter for CBC Toronto, written stories for The Ubyssey and is a leading member of the news collective at CiTR 101.9FM, where he and his team won a National Community Radio Award for best news reporting. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Political Science and History from the University of Ottawa.
Sulaiman Kakaire
Makerere University
Sulaiman Kakaire is an award-winning journalist working with The Observer newspaper in Uganda. He is a winner of the David Astor Journalism Award and the Uganda National Journalism Award. He is a legal consultant on media law and regulation at Legal Brains Trust (LBT), a Ugandan human rights watchdog NGO. He holds two degrees from Makerere University and a post-graduate diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre. Sulaiman is currently pursuing an MA in Journalism and Communication at Makerere University.
Stephan Kroener
Universidad de los Andes
Stephan Kroener was born in Germany, but has lived most of the last decade in Colombia, where he has worked for more than two years as a volunteer with Peace Brigades International. After completing a master's degree in Latin-American history, he decided to embark on a PhD, focusing on human rights in the Colombian press. Now in his second year of his Master's of Journalism at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Stephan's aim is to become a correspondent between Europe and Latin-America.
Hao Luo
Nanjing University
Hao Luo is a junior student in Journalism and Communication at Nanjing University, China. She was born and raised in the coastal city of Ningbo, home of the largest Chinese fishery. Hao is interested in Chinese art, global affairs and environmental issues. She has interned with Xinhua Newspaper, a local government office, and three campus media organizations in the past two years. She focuses on character reporting and news photography.
Emmanuel Ngabire
Makerere University
Emmanuel Ngabire is a Ugandan journalist with more than ten years’ practice experience in the East African region. He is inclined towards a human interest take on the news, and strives to explore key societal issues through the lens of their impact on the ordinary individual. He is currently pursuing an M.A. in Journalism and Communication from Makerere University and is a fellow in the University of British Columbia’s Global Journalism Reporting Program.
Dustin Patar
University of British Columbia
Dustin Patar is a Vancouver-based journalist, photographer and filmmaker focused on the environment. Before attending the UBC Graduate School of Journalism he completed a BA in Communication with a minor in Publishing at Simon Fraser University and spent two years attending film school at Capilano University. His work has appeared in the 2017 Capture Photography Festival in Vancouver, CBC Indigenous and Hakai Magazine where he interned over the summer of 2018, covering science and the environment from a coastal perspective.
Monique Rodrigues
University of British Columbia
Monique Rodrigues is a multimedia journalist based in Vancouver. She was born and raised in Brasilia, Brazil’s capital. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Communication with a concentration in Journalism from the University of Brasilia. Along with experience in corporate communications, Monique has worked in radio and online journalism. Recently, she interned at CBC Vancouver with the show On The Coast and with the podcast SOLD!. Monique is passionate about discovering new things and listening to people’s stories.
Sebastian Romero Torres
Universidad de los Andes
Sebastian Romero Torres is a Journalism student at Universidad de los Andes. Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Sebastian holds a degree in philosophy from Colombia's National University. His research as a philosopher focuses mostly on continental works, trying to decipher the mysteries of human nature. As a journalist, his interests are text and audio production, exploring, and understanding the different cultures around the world. He loves photography, animals, and discovering new music.
Annie Rueter
University of British Columbia
Annie Rueter is a multimedia journalist based in Vancouver. Recently, Annie completed internships at CBC Toronto and Canadian Geographic, where she published stories on topics ranging from international politics to conservation. Her written and photographic work have also appeared in Vancouver Weekly and The Ubyssey. Originally from Toronto, she holds a BA in English and political science from the University of Western Ontario where she worked as an arts editor at The Western Gazette.
Rehmatullah Sheikh
University of British Columbia
Rehmatullah Sheikh is an award-winning podcaster based in Vancouver. His interests include TV news, documentaries and radio stories that put human journeys and conflicts at the heart of the narrative. He is from India but grew up in the Middle East. This third-culture experience — along with travels undertaken in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey — have forged a unique sense of identity and cross-cultural understanding. Rehmatullah believes that there's more that binds us together than divides us.
Rithika Shenoy
University of British Columbia
Rithika Shenoy is a journalist specialising in international relations. She interned at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and the BBC. She completed her undergraduate degree in law and social work in India and most of her work has been about issues plaguing Indian society. Rithika’s passion for writing came through her experiences while traveling. Most often, you'll find her buried in a book, reading about some fascinating people and places, or planning her next travels. 
Thomas Smith
University of British Columbia
Thomas Smith is a graduate student at the Institute for Oceans and Fisheries (IOF). His research focuses on both population and behavioural ecology of salmonids. He is also interested in society's evolving relationship aquatic resources. He completed his BSc (Combined Honours) in both Marine Biology and Environment, Sustainability & Society at Dalhousie University, as well as a technical diploma in Fisheries and Aquaculture at Vancouver Island University.
Jonathan Ventura
University of British Columbia
Jonathan Ventura is a journalist focused on issues of accountability, justice and community building. With roots in El Salvador and Winnipeg he is currently working in Vancouver on creative forms of storytelling. Using animation, video, and motion graphics he hopes to connect with new audiences who might not access traditional forms of news. His work has been featured on CBC digital, television, and radio.
Yuxian Wang
Nanjing University
Yuxian Wang is a first-year Master of Journalism and Communication student at Nanjing University. He interviewed several veterans of Chinese expedition in Yunnan province in 2015 with his classmates. He worked as an intern at Beijing SDT Media Co in 2017, participating in the creation of a documentary called ‘Tourism in China.’ He visited several cities for shooting and took part in nonlinear editing of one episode. This documentary was aired on October 1st, 2018.
Shumin Wei
Nanjing University
Shumin Wei is a student in Journalism and Communication at Nanjing University. With a passion for documentaries, she has interned with CaiXin Media, shooting some short documentaries about China, which were concerned about education for migrant workers, "Beijing drifters", and other issues. Over the past three years, she has traveled across the northeast and the northwest of China alone. Along with her studies and work experience, Shumin has also completed volunteer work in Dali, a city in the southwest of China.
Melanie Woods
University of British Columbia
Melanie Woods is a journalist based in Vancouver. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in English (Honours) at the University of Calgary, where she also served as Editor-in-Chief of its student publication, the Gauntlet. As a second-year Master of Journalism student at the University of British Columbia, she is currently conducting SSHRC-funded research into the state of campus press in Canada. Her work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, CBC, Slate, Vice, the Georgia Straight, Xtra and This Magazine.
Vito Zou
University of British Columbia
Vito is currently a second year medical student at the University of British Columbia with a strong interest in global health. He grew up in the Vancouver area and completed a BSc in Life Sciences at McMaster University before medical school. Recently, he worked in rural Nepal with seven of his classmates on a student-led project aimed at evaluating and supporting Sickle Cell Disease screening, diagnosis, and education in the region, and also completed a surgical clinical placement in Germany. In his free time, Vito enjoys swimming, travelling, and exploring the bustling food scene in Vancouver.

Past International Reporting Program Fellows

2017

 

Megan Devlin
University of British Columbia
Megan Devlin is a multimedia journalist from Toronto who’s currently based in Vancouver. She got her start at the Western Gazette and rabble.ca while working toward her undergraduate degree in communications and biology. Now in her second year at UBC’s Graduate School of Journalism, she finds she’s naturally drawn to reporting stories about health and social justice. Her work has appeared in Vice, the Tyee, J-Source and CBC.ca. Most recently, she interned at the CBC bureau in London, U.K. where she covered the Brexit vote. In addition to storytelling, she loves hiking and skiing Vancouver’s mountains.
Rohit Joseph
University of British Columbia
Rohit Joseph is a multimedia journalist born in New Delhi and raised in Vancouver. He fell in love with the craft when he stepped into the on-air studio of UBC’s campus radio station, CiTR 101.9FM, back in 2012. He is genuinely interested in telling an eclectic range of stories, from international politics to Vancouver’s local hip hop scene. Rohit has worked with Global National, CBC’s q and News Now. In his spare time, he likes to make music with his band Class Act.
Emilie Rauschuetz
University of British Columbia
Emilie Rauschuetz is a multimedia journalist and filmmaker in global reporting. Originally from Austria, Emilie has lived in the US, UK, Switzerland and Canada. She combines her passion for people and storytelling by using language, photography and videography. She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Sussex, in England, and has a background in politics as well as sports. She has worked at the European Parliament, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and most recently with RINGIER, a Swiss media company. Emilie loves travelling and is particularly passionate about women’s, LGBTQ and children’s rights.
Stefan Labbe
University of British Columbia
Stefan Labbé is a Vancouver-based journalist whose work has been featured in The Globe and Mail, OpenCanada and the CBC. He has covered a little bit of everything, from indigenous sexuality to international security. As a graduate student at the UBC School of Journalism, he is currently reporting a feature length documentary and is a fellow with the International Reporting Program. When he’s not over-reporting, Stefan enjoys rock climbing in the sun and camping in the rain.
Peggy Lam
University of British Columbia
Peggy is a multimedia journalist, specializing in culture and race relations. She previously worked and interned at The Source newspaper, CKNW radio, Global National, CBC Vancouver, and the CBC’s The Current. Peggy also produced a video documentary called The Largest Deposit. The film documents her journey to the Alberta oil sands and examines the industry’s impact on the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations. She was the recipient of the Jack Webster Student Journalism Award in 2015, and holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in human geography.
Sophie Woodrooffe
University of British Columbia
Sophie Woodrooffe is a freelance multimedia journalist currently reporting on Indigenous politics and culture. Her work has appeared in local and international outlets, including the CBC, The Globe and Mail and The Jakarta Post. She has an M.A. in Philosophy and is a damn fine cook.
Jaione Belza-Guede
University of British Columbia
Jaione Belza Guede is an international multimedia journalist specialized in documentary production. Jaione is passionate about giving a voice to women and minorities by shining light on pressing social issues. Her latest documentary on a transgender teenager has been nominated for the Canadian Online Publishing Awards. Born in Colombia and raised in Spain and France, she moved to England to pursue her undergraduate degree in Linguistics and Literature. She has worked and travelled around the world. In Europe, she has worked for swissinfo.ch, the international service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, as well as Instituto Cervantes, as a researcher and translator. She currently works with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. When she is not playing soccer, you can find her taking pictures, reading or planning her next trip.
John Woodside
University of British Columbia
John Woodside is a journalist interested in international relations, civil liberties and just about everything else you shouldn’t discuss at parties. Born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario he now finds himself in Vancouver where he is completing a Master of Journalism at the University of British Columbia. This past summer he interned with CBC’s the fifth estate and worked with OpenCanada to cover American politics and cyber issues. Current projects include a historical look at the surveillance of vulnerable communities, and a documentary about the Hell’s Angels.
Cherise Seucharan
University of British Columbia
Cherise Seucharan is a multimedia journalist from Toronto, now residing in Vancouver. She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Toronto, and was involved in international development, but became disillusioned after doing field work in Kenya. After graduating she spent a few years doing academic research and digital communications, before finally pursuing her dream of journalism at UBC. She is most passionate about journalism as a tool of policy change toward a more just society, covering stories about economic inequality, race and disability. She has contributed CBC Investigates, The Tyee, Huffington Post Canada, New Canadian Media, and Toronto Media Co-op.
Alexander Villegas
University of British Columbia
Alexander Villegas is a freelance journalist and photographer currently focusing on underreported coastal stories across Latin America. Alexander grew up in Costa Rica and got his BA in journalism from the University of Connecticut in 2011. Alexander spent the next few years reporting on poker tournaments throughout Latin America, Asia and Europe before joining the University of British Columbia’s School of Journalism in 2015. Alexander’s work has been featured in several poker publications, The Tyee, CBC and Semanario Universidad. If Alexander isn’t on the coast, he might be on the back of a motorcycle with no real destination in mind.
Akshatha M
Jain University
Akshatha M is a Bangalore (India) based journalist, currently working as Staff Reporter at Citizen Matters online magazine. She reports on wide range of urban issues including environment, transport, education and health. She likes to track the lives of common people and present their stories on how they fight back amidst adversities. Previously, she has worked at Deccan Herald, a newspaper published from Karnataka state (India). She was posted in Mangalore, a coastal city, where she used to report on semi-urban issues. Her stories have also been published in Indiatogether.org. She is a post graduate in Mass Communication and Journalism. When she is not at work, she is either traveling or searching for another place to travel.
Prabhu Mallikarjunan
Jain University
Prabhu Mallikarjunan is a Bangalore (India) based freelance journalist who has reported on gender issues, politics, rural affairs and e-commerce business . As a reporter, he’s interested in data-journalism initiatives. His works have been published in India’s leading newspapers like the Financial Express, Mint and the New Indian Express. Some of his data related stories have also been published in online news portals like Indiatogether.org and Indiaspend.com. He holds a post graduate degree in print journalism from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Bangalore. He’s also an avid traveler and photographer.
Romita Majumdar
Jain University
Romita Majumdar is a postgraduate diploma student of print journalism at IIJNM, Bangalore, India. After graduating in software engineering she spent a few years working as an IT consultant in the banking sector. She decided to go back to school and pursue journalism as it had always been her passion. She hopes to challenge the way people understand and react to news. Her topics of interest include child development, education, mental health and anthropology. In her free time she’s usually attending story-telling sessions and exploring museums.
Arunava Bannerjee
Jain University
Arunava Banerjee is pursuing his Post Graduate Diploma in Print Journalism from the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media in Bangalore. Previously, he has reported on issues like problems in Tea Plantations and natural disasters for the North Bengal and Sikkim page of The Statesman. He completed his Bachelor’s in English Literature from North Bengal University in 2012, and briefly worked as a high school teacher before pursuing journalism.
Yuan Yuan
Nanjing University
Yuan Yuan is a first-year Master of journalism and communication student at Nanjing University. He comes from a small village in Henan Province, which is located in the central part of China. Yuan majored in radio and television journalism when he was an undergraduate. In 2015, he went to Northwestern University to study Integrated Marketing Communications for a month. During Yuan’s undergraduate stage, he also worked in Henan People’s Radio Station and NUS (Suzhou) Research Institute as an intern. Yuan enjoys traveling in different cities. He also has interest in photography and documentary.
Kunyuan Huang
Nanjing University
Kunyuan Huang is a first-year master student at Nanjing University of Journalism and Communication. During the past four years, Huang has interned at Guangzhou Daily Paper, Beijing Enlight Media, Tencent News and Shantou TV. She has published 66 reports on Guangzhou Daily including some investigative reports focusing on water pollution and food safety. She is interested in international reporting, and dreams to be a foreign correspondent.
Wenjuan Xu
Nanjing University
Wenjuan Xu is a second-year graduate student in Journalism & Communication at Nanjing University, China. In 2015, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in the same major from Soochow University. As an undergraduate, she spent a lot of time operating Jingshen Studio, a student club dedicated to shooting original micro film. Wenjuan has previously been a marketing intern at Vanke Co. and Suzhou Industrial Park Biotech Development Co. She specializes in shooting and editing video.
Liu Huilan
Nanjing University
Liu Huilan is a graduate student at Nanjing University’s School of Journalism. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Central South University. Huilan follows international reporting focused on ecological environment protection and human rights issues. She has experience interning at a local newspaper and TV station, which inspired her to learn more about reporting.
Maria Camila Agudelo
Universidad de los Andes
Maria Camila Agudelo is a first year journalism masters student at Universidad de los Andes. She’s originally from Medellin, Colombia, where she earned a degree in law. She currently works for the National Business Association of Colombia, a non-profit organization of major Colombian business leaders that lobbies for policy changes, promotes Colombian business interests, and presents a united front for dealings with the international business community, non-governmental organizations in Colombia, and the Colombian government itself. She is interested in reporting, writing, radio and audio and video production.
Efraín Rincón
Universidad de los Andes
Efraín Rincón is from Bogotá, Colombia. He holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). Right now he is in his first-year Master of Journalism student at the same University. As a biologist, he is passionate about botany and ecology, and has experience in the educational field. As journalist, he wants to specialize in science and environmental outreach. He believes in the educational value of journalism and its power to encourage people to be more conscious of our planet. He loves traveling, music and improvisational theatre.

2016

 

Megan Devlin
University of British Columbia
Megan Devlin is a multimedia journalist from Toronto who’s currently based in Vancouver. She got her start at the Western Gazette and rabble.ca while working toward her undergraduate degree in communications and biology. Now in her second year at UBC’s Graduate School of Journalism, she finds she’s naturally drawn to reporting stories about health and social justice. Her work has appeared in Vice, the Tyee, J-Source and CBC.ca. Most recently, she interned at the CBC bureau in London, U.K. where she covered the Brexit vote. In addition to storytelling, she loves hiking and skiing Vancouver’s mountains.
Rohit Joseph
University of British Columbia
Rohit Joseph is a multimedia journalist born in New Delhi and raised in Vancouver. He fell in love with the craft when he stepped into the on-air studio of UBC’s campus radio station, CiTR 101.9FM, back in 2012. He is genuinely interested in telling an eclectic range of stories, from international politics to Vancouver’s local hip hop scene. Rohit has worked with Global National, CBC’s q and News Now. In his spare time, he likes to make music with his band Class Act.
Emilie Rauschuetz
University of British Columbia
Emilie Rauschuetz is a multimedia journalist and filmmaker in global reporting. Originally from Austria, Emilie has lived in the US, UK, Switzerland and Canada. She combines her passion for people and storytelling by using language, photography and videography. She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Sussex, in England, and has a background in politics as well as sports. She has worked at the European Parliament, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and most recently with RINGIER, a Swiss media company. Emilie loves travelling and is particularly passionate about women’s, LGBTQ and children’s rights.
Stefan Labbe
University of British Columbia
Stefan Labbé is a Vancouver-based journalist whose work has been featured in The Globe and Mail, OpenCanada and the CBC. He has covered a little bit of everything, from indigenous sexuality to international security. As a graduate student at the UBC School of Journalism, he is currently reporting a feature length documentary and is a fellow with the International Reporting Program. When he’s not over-reporting, Stefan enjoys rock climbing in the sun and camping in the rain.
Peggy Lam
University of British Columbia
Peggy is a multimedia journalist, specializing in culture and race relations. She previously worked and interned at The Source newspaper, CKNW radio, Global National, CBC Vancouver, and the CBC’s The Current. Peggy also produced a video documentary called The Largest Deposit. The film documents her journey to the Alberta oil sands and examines the industry’s impact on the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations. She was the recipient of the Jack Webster Student Journalism Award in 2015, and holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in human geography.
Sophie Woodrooffe
University of British Columbia
Sophie Woodrooffe is a freelance multimedia journalist currently reporting on Indigenous politics and culture. Her work has appeared in local and international outlets, including the CBC, The Globe and Mail and The Jakarta Post. She has an M.A. in Philosophy and is a damn fine cook.
Jaione Belza-Guede
University of British Columbia
Jaione Belza Guede is an international multimedia journalist specialized in documentary production. Jaione is passionate about giving a voice to women and minorities by shining light on pressing social issues. Her latest documentary on a transgender teenager has been nominated for the Canadian Online Publishing Awards. Born in Colombia and raised in Spain and France, she moved to England to pursue her undergraduate degree in Linguistics and Literature. She has worked and travelled around the world. In Europe, she has worked for swissinfo.ch, the international service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, as well as Instituto Cervantes, as a researcher and translator. She currently works with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. When she is not playing soccer, you can find her taking pictures, reading or planning her next trip.
John Woodside
University of British Columbia
John Woodside is a journalist interested in international relations, civil liberties and just about everything else you shouldn’t discuss at parties. Born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario he now finds himself in Vancouver where he is completing a Master of Journalism at the University of British Columbia. This past summer he interned with CBC’s the fifth estate and worked with OpenCanada to cover American politics and cyber issues. Current projects include a historical look at the surveillance of vulnerable communities, and a documentary about the Hell’s Angels.
Cherise Seucharan
University of British Columbia
Cherise Seucharan is a multimedia journalist from Toronto, now residing in Vancouver. She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Toronto, and was involved in international development, but became disillusioned after doing field work in Kenya. After graduating she spent a few years doing academic research and digital communications, before finally pursuing her dream of journalism at UBC. She is most passionate about journalism as a tool of policy change toward a more just society, covering stories about economic inequality, race and disability. She has contributed CBC Investigates, The Tyee, Huffington Post Canada, New Canadian Media, and Toronto Media Co-op.
Alexander Villegas
University of British Columbia
Alexander Villegas is a freelance journalist and photographer currently focusing on underreported coastal stories across Latin America. Alexander grew up in Costa Rica and got his BA in journalism from the University of Connecticut in 2011. Alexander spent the next few years reporting on poker tournaments throughout Latin America, Asia and Europe before joining the University of British Columbia’s School of Journalism in 2015. Alexander’s work has been featured in several poker publications, The Tyee, CBC and Semanario Universidad. If Alexander isn’t on the coast, he might be on the back of a motorcycle with no real destination in mind.
Akshatha M
Jain University
Akshatha M is a Bangalore (India) based journalist, currently working as Staff Reporter at Citizen Matters online magazine. She reports on wide range of urban issues including environment, transport, education and health. She likes to track the lives of common people and present their stories on how they fight back amidst adversities. Previously, she has worked at Deccan Herald, a newspaper published from Karnataka state (India). She was posted in Mangalore, a coastal city, where she used to report on semi-urban issues. Her stories have also been published in Indiatogether.org. She is a post graduate in Mass Communication and Journalism. When she is not at work, she is either traveling or searching for another place to travel.
Prabhu Mallikarjunan
Jain University
Prabhu Mallikarjunan is a Bangalore (India) based freelance journalist who has reported on gender issues, politics, rural affairs and e-commerce business . As a reporter, he’s interested in data-journalism initiatives. His works have been published in India’s leading newspapers like the Financial Express, Mint and the New Indian Express. Some of his data related stories have also been published in online news portals like Indiatogether.org and Indiaspend.com. He holds a post graduate degree in print journalism from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Bangalore. He’s also an avid traveler and photographer.
Romita Majumdar
Jain University
Romita Majumdar is a postgraduate diploma student of print journalism at IIJNM, Bangalore, India. After graduating in software engineering she spent a few years working as an IT consultant in the banking sector. She decided to go back to school and pursue journalism as it had always been her passion. She hopes to challenge the way people understand and react to news. Her topics of interest include child development, education, mental health and anthropology. In her free time she’s usually attending story-telling sessions and exploring museums.
Arunava Bannerjee
Jain University
Arunava Banerjee is pursuing his Post Graduate Diploma in Print Journalism from the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media in Bangalore. Previously, he has reported on issues like problems in Tea Plantations and natural disasters for the North Bengal and Sikkim page of The Statesman. He completed his Bachelor’s in English Literature from North Bengal University in 2012, and briefly worked as a high school teacher before pursuing journalism.
Yuan Yuan
Nanjing University
Yuan Yuan is a first-year Master of journalism and communication student at Nanjing University. He comes from a small village in Henan Province, which is located in the central part of China. Yuan majored in radio and television journalism when he was an undergraduate. In 2015, he went to Northwestern University to study Integrated Marketing Communications for a month. During Yuan’s undergraduate stage, he also worked in Henan People’s Radio Station and NUS (Suzhou) Research Institute as an intern. Yuan enjoys traveling in different cities. He also has interest in photography and documentary.
Kunyuan Huang
Nanjing University
Kunyuan Huang is a first-year master student at Nanjing University of Journalism and Communication. During the past four years, Huang has interned at Guangzhou Daily Paper, Beijing Enlight Media, Tencent News and Shantou TV. She has published 66 reports on Guangzhou Daily including some investigative reports focusing on water pollution and food safety. She is interested in international reporting, and dreams to be a foreign correspondent.
Wenjuan Xu
Nanjing University
Wenjuan Xu is a second-year graduate student in Journalism & Communication at Nanjing University, China. In 2015, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in the same major from Soochow University. As an undergraduate, she spent a lot of time operating Jingshen Studio, a student club dedicated to shooting original micro film. Wenjuan has previously been a marketing intern at Vanke Co. and Suzhou Industrial Park Biotech Development Co. She specializes in shooting and editing video.
Liu Huilan
Nanjing University
Liu Huilan is a graduate student at Nanjing University’s School of Journalism. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Central South University. Huilan follows international reporting focused on ecological environment protection and human rights issues. She has experience interning at a local newspaper and TV station, which inspired her to learn more about reporting.
Maria Camila Agudelo
Universidad de los Andes
Maria Camila Agudelo is a first year journalism masters student at Universidad de los Andes. She’s originally from Medellin, Colombia, where she earned a degree in law. She currently works for the National Business Association of Colombia, a non-profit organization of major Colombian business leaders that lobbies for policy changes, promotes Colombian business interests, and presents a united front for dealings with the international business community, non-governmental organizations in Colombia, and the Colombian government itself. She is interested in reporting, writing, radio and audio and video production.
Efraín Rincón
Universidad de los Andes
Efraín Rincón is from Bogotá, Colombia. He holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). Right now he is in his first-year Master of Journalism student at the same University. As a biologist, he is passionate about botany and ecology, and has experience in the educational field. As journalist, he wants to specialize in science and environmental outreach. He believes in the educational value of journalism and its power to encourage people to be more conscious of our planet. He loves traveling, music and improvisational theatre.