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.
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
Keith Jenkins, executive editor, digital at National Geographic
Dennis Dimick, executive editor, environment at National Geographic
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.
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.
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.
David 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.