CAS Ph.D. Student Received Coveted Knight-Mozilla Fellowship

Posted on: September 28, 2013

mozillaThe Nieman Journalism Lab, a project of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, has recently announced Media and Information Studies doctoral student Sonya Song as one of eight new Knight-Mozilla Fellows for 2013.

The prestigious fellowship, which is jointly initiated by the Knight Foundation and the Mozilla Foundation, seeks talent with an excellent understanding of both journalism and Internet technologies, as seen in the foundation's respective missions of quality journalism and opensource web innovation.

2013 marks the second consecutive year for the fellowship program. Fellows, including Song, will be announced at the ongoing Mozilla Festival in London where current and future fellows meet and exchange ideas. Also, Song and other Knight-Mozilla fellowship recipients will get hands-on experience in the world's best newsrooms, exploring innovative approaches to real-world journalistic problems. Aside from her diverse research experiences, Song has worked as a reporter and columnist covering online media and technology sectors. She has also been involved in Internet start-ups during the brainstorming stage.

Song credits her success in this global competition to the interdisciplinary training she has received while in the Media and Information Studies Ph.D. program. The program combines research interests, curriculum and faculty from the Departments of Advertising and Public Relations, Media and Informationand the School of Journalism. Song joined Michigan State University in the fall of 2009 and was awarded the Google Policy Fellowship in the summer of 2012. She holds a bachelor's and master's degree in computer science from Tsinghua University in Beijing, and master of philosophy in journalism from the University of Hong Kong.

The Knight-Mozilla Fellowships are the centerpiece of the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews program. They embed developers and technologists in newsrooms around the world to spend a year writing code in collaboration with reporters, designers and newsroom developers. Fellows are expected to work in the open by sharing their code and their discoveries on the web, which help to strengthen and build a global journalism toolbox.

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