Winning entries chronicled researchers' frantic efforts to combat the SARS virus; the return of talented, established Chinese scientists to the mainland; Chinese stem-cell research; nanotechnology advances; and more. Reports by the winning Fellowship recipients were disseminated by such diverse media outlets as Reuters Television of Beijing; Nanfang Zhoumo; China Youth Daily; and Xinhua News, among others.
"The 10 winning Fellowship recipients represent a strong balance of national and regional media outlets, as well as broadcast, print, online, trade and mainstream media outlets, and thus, truly reflect science journalism throughout China as a whole," said Shere Abbott, AAAS's Chief International Officer. "Through this new program, AAAS seeks to encourage the accomplishments of promising young journalists who are accurately conveying scientific issues of critical importance to the public -- from sustainable development to vaccine research."
Established to support best practices in science journalism, the new Fellowship program is being made possible through generous support from the William T. Golden Endowment Fund for Program Innovation.
Chinese reporters who received the AAAS Fellowships for Reporters in Developing Regions were:
Li Hujun, Freelancer (Sina.com and Nanfang Zhoumo)
Yimin Ding, China Features
Xinyu Zhou, China Youth Daily
Yan Liang, Xinhua News
Lei Du, Freelancer (Nanfang Zhoumo)
He Sheng, China Daily
Yan Yan, Reuters TV Beijing
Liu Li, Science and Technology Daily
Zhang Bin, Jiefang Daily Group
Lu Yi (Luo Yanning), Lifeweek
"We were surprised and delighted by the high quality of submissions received in the first year
Contact: Ginger Pinholster
American Association for the Advancement of Science