Blue Ribbon Panel Named for Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship

The U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society announced today the members of the Blue Ribbon Panel who will nominate top candidates for the inaugural Fulbright–National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship.

Recipients will be chosen through a multi-tiered, merit-based selection process beginning with reviews by U.S. and foreign academic leaders and area experts, the Department of State said in a media note. Upon nomination by the Blue Ribbon Panel, final selections will be made by the presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Chris Johns. Photograph by Rebecca Hale, National Geographic.
Chris Johns. Photo by Rebecca Hale, NGS

The Blue Ribbon Panel includes:

Chris Johns, editor in chief of National Geographic magazine and executive vice president and group editorial director of the National Geographic Society

Susan Goldberg, executive editor, text at National Geographic

Sarah Leen, director of photography, National Geographic magazine

Dennis Dimick. NGS photo
Dennis Dimick. NGS photo

Keith Jenkins, executive editor, digital at National Geographic

Dennis Dimick, executive editor, environment at National Geographic

Sarah Leen. NGS photo
Sarah Leen. NGS photo

The Fulbright–National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship is the newest component of the Fulbright Program. Awards will be offered to up to five U.S. citizens.

Fellows travel to up to three countries for nine months and create multi-media stories on globally significant social or environmental topics, such as biodiversity, cities, climate change, cultures, energy, food, oceans, and water.

Susan Goldberg. Photo by Dave Cross Photography Inc.
Susan Goldberg. Photo by Dave Cross Photography Inc.

Panelists and other members of National Geographic’s editorial team will provide mentorship throughout the Fellowship. The Fellowship allows Fulbrighters to share their stories through National Geographic digital media platforms with the support of National Geographic’s editorial team.

Keith Jenkins
Photo by Welton Doby III for NPR

The Fellows will capture their stories through a variety of digital storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the National Geographic Society partnership highlights the growing importance of digital storytelling and promotes international exploration and greater understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries.

For information and to apply visit the Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship website.

This post was adapted from the media note released by the Department of State. It was updated on July 9, 2014, to reflect the appointment of Keith Jenkins to the panel of judges.

12418031_10153900711084116_8462971761216697621_nDavid Braun is director of outreach with the digital and social media team illuminating the National Geographic Society’s explorer, science, and education programs.

He edits National Geographic Voices, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society’s mission and major initiatives. Contributors include grantees and Society partners, as well as universities, foundations, interest groups, and individuals dedicated to a sustainable world. More than 50,000 readers have participated in 10,000 conversations.

Braun also directs the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

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More than forty years in U.S., UK, and South African media gives David Max Braun global perspective and experience across multiple storytelling platforms. His coverage of science, nature, politics, and technology has been published/broadcast by the BBC, CNN, NPR, AP, UPI, National Geographic, TechWeb, De Telegraaf, Travel World, and Argus South African Newspapers. He has published two books and won several journalism awards. In his 22-year career at National Geographic he was VP and editor in chief of National Geographic Digital Media, and the founding editor of the National Geographic Society blog, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society's mission and initiatives. He also directed the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, awarded to Americans seeking the opportunity to spend nine months abroad, engaging local communities and sharing stories from the field with a global audience. A regular expert on National Geographic Expeditions, David also lectures on storytelling for impact. He has 120,000 followers on social media: Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn