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J-School students awarded OPC scholarships

March 02, 2012

Three Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism students were recently awarded Overseas Press Club Foundation scholarships at the Foundation’s 2012 Annual Scholarship Luncheon. They were among 14 aspiring foreign correspondents selected by a panel of leading journalists from a pool of 175 applicants from 72 colleges and universities.

Angela BeiBei Bao received the Roy Rowan Scholarship, named for the former Time Inc. bureau chief. Her essay described the under-reported issue of Chinese debt, both at the local and national level, and the risks it poses to China’s economic health. She also secured an OPC Foundation internship at the Reuters bureau in Shanghai. Bao is pursuing a dual-degree from Columbia Journalism School and Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

Max Seddon won the Stan Swinton Internship, named for the Associated Press foreign correspondent. He wrote about Belarusian artist and nationalist Alex Pushkin’s crusade against collective farm fascism. Fluent in Russian, Max will return to Moscow as an OPC Foundation intern in the AP bureau.

M.A. Program candidate and Lorana Sullivan Memorial Fellow Nizar Manek won the Harper’s Magazine Scholarship in memory of I.F. Stone, the famous investigative reporter. His essay was about South Africa’s “Secrecy Bill,” an attempt by the ruling African National Congress to inhibit whistleblowers and a free press.

The OPC Foundation is the nation’s largest and most visible scholarship program encouraging aspiring journalists to pursue careers as foreign correspondents.

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From left to right: Journalism School students and Overseas Press Club Foundation scholarship winners Angela BeiBei Bao, Max Seddon and Nizar Manek.

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