Three veteran journalists were selected last March as the Journalism School’s 2008 Spencer Education Journalism Fellows. Each fellow received a $75,000 stipend to work on a major education reporting project during the 2008 academic year.
Alexander Russo, Nancy Solomon and Claudia Wallis were selected as fellows based on “the strength of proposals that combined a unique blend of serious resident university research and student with the execution of an important work of education journalism,” said Associate Dean Arlene Morgan, who directed the fellowship search.
The Spencer Foundation, which was established in 1962 by Lyle M. Spencer, received its major endowment upon Spencer’s death in 1968 and began formal grant making in 1971. The Foundation is intended, by Spencer’s direction, to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world. The Spencer Fellowship for Education Reporting is a key activity of the Spencer Forum, a Foundation initiative established in 2005 to strengthen the connections between education research, policy and practice and to enrich the broader public discourse on issues related to education.