The 2016 Deadline Club Scholarship Program is now accepting applications.
The scholarship program is open to graduate and undergraduate journalism students enrolled in journalism or journalism-oriented communications programs in the New York City metropolitan area, which includes all campuses within 50 miles of Columbus Circle.
Here are the 2015 Deadline Club scholarship winners:
Forty-five New York area journalism students applied for 2015 Deadline Club scholarships. It was a large and impressive field. The selection committee spent countless hours evaluating statements of purpose, work samples and recommendation letters.
All four winners, receiving $2,500 each, are graduate students.
Two expected to receive master’s degrees from Columbia University. Two expected to receive theirs from New York University. The four were from Pakistan, India, Egypt and Brooklyn. All planned to take their truth-telling talents to places where they were sorely needed – back home to Pakistan, India and Egypt, and to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.
Fatima Bhojani reported on national security, conflict and foreign policy. As a lover of long-form and investigative reportage, she prefers to dive deeply into her stories and stay with them. Her work on drones has appeared in outlets such as Mother Jones and The American Prospect. Originally from Islamabad, Pakistan, she planned to graduate from the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia Journalism School. She wanted to stay in New York while she works on a major project on federal terrorism prosecution, then move back to Pakistan to report on its tribal areas.
Alex Kane was a master’s candidate in journalism and Near East studies at NYU. A native New Yorker, he focused on such issues as civil liberties and the U.S. war on terror, Israeli/Palestinian matters and debates in the American Jewish community over Israel. His work on the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims was published in the Los Angeles Review of Books and Vice. His reporting has appeared in Salon and on Al Jazeera America. He planned to be in Jordan, Israel and the West Bank, reporting on Internet surveillance and studying Arabic.
Tusha Mittal has covered politics, development and national security, from India as an investigative journalist. After graduating from DePauw University in the U.S., she joined a New Delhi investigative news magazine, documenting militant Hindu indoctrination camps and “honor killings” of women. She was widely honored for her coverage of India’s “hidden civil war,” of government troops against left-wing Maoist insurgents, exposing human rights violations by both sides. She planned to receive her master’s in political journalism from Columbia Journalism School then “cover South Asia’s underreported stories for an international audience.”
Nadeen Shaker covered protest issues in Egypt under a human-rights fellowship awarded by NYU, where she planned to complete a joint master’s in journalism and Near East studies. Her work has appeared on many platforms, including NPR, PRI’s America Abroad Media and The Cairo Review. She has covered the sea migration of Syrian refugees from Egypt to Europe, the Arab Spring and Middle East freedom issues. These are her words: “Nearly all Middle Eastern governments lack transparency. … I have been repeatedly confounded by the bouts of misinformation and layers of secrecy that surround many issues of deep importance to people and to the survival of democracies or quasi-democracies. … The only way to fight lack of transparency is to report the truth.”