Announcing the 2018 MJ Bear Fellows
Congratulations to Tania Karas, Anand Katakam and Vignesh Ramachandran on being selected as the 2018 MJ Bear Fellows. This annual fellowship provides coaching, an expenses-paid trip to speak at ONA18 and ONA membership for three years to stand-out journalists under age 30 who are leading innovative digital journalism projects.
Tania is a foreign correspondent, editor and the founder of Give Me Your Tired, a weekly newsletter on global migration. Anand manages data products at India’s Scroll.in, where he has combined data and visualization to tell stories about sports, the economy and government in news ways. Vignesh is a founding member of ProPublica Illinois, where his work focuses on developing a visual tone that is uniquely Illinois. Learn more about the fellows and their projects.
The selection committee was also impressed with the projects of four other applicants and awarded honorable mentions to: Sohini Guharoy, Head of Audience Engagement and Social Media, The Quint; Melissa Leu, Senior Digital Editor, Southern California Public Radio; Julio Poletti, Digital Reporter, The Palm Beach Post; and Rodrigo Menegat Schuinski, Visuals and Data Journalist, O Estado de S. Paulo.