EurekAlert!, the premier global science-news source, in cooperation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, after three years is returning its focus on China, identifying six journalists from the region to attend and cover the AAAS Annual Meeting in February. These young, promising reporters are the winners of the 2007 AAAS Fellowships for Science Reporters in Developing Regions, sponsored by Elsevier.
The award brings science writers to the 2007 AAAS Annual Meeting, where they can cover the latest research and mingle with their fellow science writers from around the world. The fellowship pays for travel, lodging and meals at the San Francisco meeting.
The fellowships were originally launched in 2004 with a seed grant from the William T. Golden Endowment Fund for Program Innovation. The 2004 fellowships program brought 10 reporters from China to the 2004 AAAS Meeting and 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.
This year, AAAS and EurekAlert! return their focus to China, deepening the organizations' engagement with Chinese media outlets. "Being able to support independent science reporting in China is incredibly meaningful," said Ginger Pinholster, director of AAAS's Office of Public Programs. "In their lifetimes, these promising young journalists will be in a position to tell the story of China's transformation."
Four fellows, all under 35 years of age, were chosen from a pool of reporters nominated by their editors at leading Chinese media organizations. William Chang of the US National Science Foundation's Beijing office served as the independent judge for the selection process. Additionally, EurekAlert! identified two honorary fellows in recognitio