Ashwaq Masoodi, national writer at Mint, has been awarded the Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. In a press release issued on 3 May, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism announced that Ashwaq will join 26 other Nieman Fellows for the class of 2020. Ashwaq is the only Indian in this list.
The prestigious Nieman fellowship entails attending two semesters at Harvard University, starting September 2019.
The fellows participate in Nieman seminars, workshops, master classes and conduct research with Harvard scholars, among others.
The release also said that, at Harvard, Ashwaq would explore ways to battle stereotypes and improve media reporting on Muslims, the largest religious minority in India.
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism has educated more than 1,600 accomplished journalists from 98 countries since 1938.
The selected journalists are from a dozen countries, including Australia, Lebanon, Niger, Turkey, China, Russia, Zimbabwe, Hungary, besides from nine different US states and Washington D.C.
Ashwaq has been working in Mint since August 2013 and specializes in long stories on the lives of the marginalized communities, gender and society.
Read her stories in Mint here