Friday, June 14, 2013

Indonesian Journalist Prodita Sabarini named 2013-14 @IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow

The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) has selected Jakarta-based journalist Prodita Sabarini as the 2013-14 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. Sabarini is the ninth recipient of the annual fellowship, which gives a woman journalist working in print, broadcast or online media the opportunity to build skills while focusing exclusively on human rights journalism and social justice issues.

Sabarini, a staff reporter for the English daily The Jakarta Post, was chosen from a pool of highly qualified applicants from around the world. She plans to research the phenomenon of religious intolerance in Indonesia during her tenure as the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow and wishes to explore the factors that turn people's fear into acts of violence. "The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship provides an opportunity to access research materials that are not available in my home country," Sabarini said.

Peter Canellos, Editorial Page editor at The Boston Globe, noted that "The Neuffer fellows are both students and teachers. Each fellow has made her impact felt in Boston and elsewhere in the United States, and then taken her own lessons back to readers in Uganda, Colombia, Pakistan, India, and many other countries where former fellows are living and working."

The fellowship is named for Elizabeth Neuffer, a Boston Globe reporter and winner of the 1998 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award, who was killed while on assignment in Iraq in 2003. Neuffer's life mission was to promote international understanding of human rights and social justice.

For more information about the Neuffer Fellowship, visit, contact Annie Valentine (, (+1) 202.496.1992), follow @IWMF on Twitter, and "like"

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