Conrad, Williams Receive Prestigious Google Journalism Fellowship

Annenberg doctoral students David Conrad and Alex T. Williams have received Google Journalism Fellowships for the Summer of 2014.

Mr. Conrad will work for the Public Radio International program The World, supporting digital storytelling and visual journalism.  Mr. Williams will work at the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project on a variety of tasks, focusing on the Local News Ecosystem project, which analyzes three metropolitan areas to see how news stories spread and reach audiences.

This highly selective fellowship program, now in its second year, was created to help develop the next generation of journalists who are comfortable working in a data-driven society. “As a company dedicated to making the world’s information easily accessible, Google recognizes that behind many blue links is a journalist and that quality journalism is a key ingredient of a vibrant and functioning society,” Google explains on a web page about the fellowship.

Mr. Conrad’s international reporting has been published by several media outlets, including the New York Times, the International New York TimesForeign Policy, Columbia Journalism Review, Reuters, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Globe & Mail .His research on the changing field of U.S. foreign correspondence was recently published by the academic journal Journalism Studies and will receive a "top student paper award" from the journalism division at the upcoming International Communication Association's conference in Seattle.

Mr. Williams has received National Science Foundation funding through its Graduate Research Fellowship Program, funding his research to explore how political, economic, and technological changes influence media innovation and political discourse.  Just recently he and Annenberg Professor Victor Pickard wrote about digital paywalls for the journal Digital Journalism.

“Alex and David encouraged each other in applying for the fellowship, making this a great example of our graduate students learning from each other,” says Barbie Zelizer, Ph.D., the Raymond Williams Professor of Communication at Annenberg.