News & Press

Recent News and Press About Stanford's Graduate Program in Journalism, Students and Alumni

  • Stanford environmental journalism instructor Thomas Hayden, has co-authored and edited a new book, The Science Writers' Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish and Prosper in the Digital Age.

    It is a thorough, up-to-date guide to the craft, business and culture of science writing for the public. With contributions from more than 30 accomplished science writers, it includes honest, practical advice on all aspects of the science-writing profession, ranging from interviewing sources to negotiating contracts to handling emotional hurdles such as rejection and envy. Carl Zimmer calls it "a wonderful cheat sheet for the profession." Published by Da Capo Press, April 2013.

  • Jamie Hansen, class of 2011, received first-place honors in the California Newspaper Publisher's Association Better Newspapers Contest.

    Her story - about a woman whose credit score was ruined when a credit card company erroneously reported her dead - received first place in the writing category for newspapers with a circulation of up to 11,000. The Petaluma Argus-Courier, where Jamie is the managing editor, also received second-place honors for general excellence.

  • Current journalism student Xandra Clark, along with her Stanford Storytelling Project co-producer Natacha Ruck, received the General Oliver P. Smith Award for Local Reporting from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.

    Their hour-long radio documentary told the stories of six Iraq veterans who returned to become students at Stanford.

  • The Peninsula Press and Stanford journalism's breaking news coverage of a Cupertino workplace shooting were featured on last week. Check out the article by Stanford journalism instructor R.B. Brenner.
  • Rosie Cima, class of 2012, has accepted a position with Maplight, reporting and crafting data visualizations about the funding of California and national politics.
  • Emily DeRuy, class of 2012, has accepted the position of associate editor for ABC/Univision.

    Emily will join the Los Angeles office this summer in preparation for the launch of their new TV network.

  • Congratulations to Xandra Clark, class of 2013, for winning the General Oliver P. Smith Award for Local Reporting from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. The award is shared with Natacha Ruck for their production of an hour-long radio documentary for The Stanford Storytelling Project.

    The documentary, called "Returning Home," tells the story of six veterans of the Iraq War who are students and recent alumni of Stanford. It has aired on The Stanford Storytelling Project's radio show, State of the Human , and has been picked up by KALW's brand new show, A Listening World. Xandra and her co-producer will receive the award, a $1,000 cash prize, and engraved bricks to be placed in the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia in April.

  • Lindsey Hoshaw, class of 2009, has accepted a job at KQED, The Bay Area's NPR affiliate

    Lindsey will be working as a producer for the science and environmental program QUEST.

  • This touching Peninsula Press photo, taken on Veteran's Day, made KQED's "Best of 2012" list! Congratulations to Stanford Journalism photographer Anna Li!

    Six-year-old Aubrey Bown places a red carnation to honor her uncle, James Suh, a U.S. Navy SEAL who was shot down in Korangal Valley, Afghanistan

  • The Stanford Graduate Program in Journalism earned praise for its 2012 live election coverage and "pop-up newsroom." Read the Stanford Report's account of the exciting night.
  • The Stanford Graduate Program in Journalism earned a spot in the country's top 25 journalism programs, according to NewsPro Magazine, a publication for news professionals.
  • Melissa Pandika, class of 2013, received a fellowship from the National Association of Science Writers and spent the summer blogging for Scientific American.
  • Roseann Cima, class of 2012, spent the summer in the San Francisco Chronicle's design department, where she created data visualization and info-graphics.
  • Marcella De Laurentiis, class of 2012, spent the summer interning for the investigative unit of WGN-TV in Chicago.
  • Emily DeRuy, class of 2012, was named Stanford's first Univision Media Fellow. She is covering politics in Washington D.C.
  • Liu (Laura) He, class of 2012, spent the summer writing about the rising entrepreneurial class in Asia for Forbes.
  • Eric Johnson, class of 2012 has accepted a job at All Things Digital in San Francisco, covering technology and Silicon Valley.
  • Saman Khan, class of 2012, spent the summer reporting for the Half Moon Bay Review.
  • Iris Kim, class of 2012, has joined Allison & Partners, a strategic communications firm based in San Francisco.
  • Jessica Parks, class of 2012, has accepted a full-time job as a metro reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • Arti Patel, class of 2012, spent the summer interning at Dow Jones Market Watch in San Francisco, reporting on business and finance.
  • Vignesh Ramachandran, class of 2012, has joined in Seattle.
  • David Ruiz, class of 2012, spent the summer interning as a metro reporter for the Sacramento Bee. Following that, he accepted a job at the San Francisco Daily Journal covering mergers and acquisitions.
  • Stephanie Soderborg, class of 2012, joined the business development team at San Francisco-based startup
  • Georgia Wells, class of 2012, has joined Dow Jones Newswires in New York, where she is covering foreign exchange markets.
  • Erchi (Archer) Zhang, class of 2012, interned with the San Francisco Chronicle's website, during the summer. He then joined the West Coast office of public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard as one of three students named to the new China Masters Exchange Program.
  • Lily (Bixler) Clausen, class of 2010, has returned to The Farm, accepting two communications jobs at Stanford. She has joined the Clayman Institute for Gender Research and the Center for Ethics in Society.
  • Miran Pavic, class of 2010, has been named the CEO of EPH Digital, a digital media company providing news and entertainment articles to Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia.
  • Susana Montes, class of 2010, has joined MediaX at Stanford, where she works as a production manager helping connect Stanford technology experts with the business and media industries.
  • Christina Farr, class of 2011, has joined Venture Beat as a writer covering enterprise technology, the cloud, and the San Francisco-area startup scene.
  • Doug Ray, class of 2011, has joined Palo Alto-based startup Lark as a writer and community manager.
  • Drake Martinet, class of 2010, has joined New York-based video news startup, NowThisNews.
  • Andrew Burmon, class of 2008, joined the Huffington Post as travel editor.
  • Billy Gallagher's article about Stanford football player Griff Whalen signing with the Indianapolis Colts ran in the New York Times' college sports blog today.

    Gallagher wrote the piece as part of the journalism program's long-form narrative class this spring.

  • Emily DuRuy ('12) named first Univision - Stanford Journalism Fellow

    Stanford Journalism launched a partnership with Univision's new English-language website this month.

  • Joe Ciolli ('11), contributed to a Bloomberg article about financial institutions taking the blame for Facebook's troubled IPO.

    The story was Bloomberg's top-read article of the week.

  • Nicole Perlroth ('08) wrote a piece for the New York Times Bits Blog examining how Silicon Valley Venture Capital giant Andreessen Horowitz missed a chance to invest in Instagram

    Facebook recently purchased Instagram for $1 billion.

  • Congratulations Amanda Schwab ('11) whose startup, The Phenom List, was just acquired by PandoDaily.

    Amanda started this company with a team of students in the journalism program's 2011 Digital Media Entrepreneurship class less than a year ago!

  • The Stanford Journalism Program got a shout out from WaPo Labs, the R&D arm of the Washington Post.

    WaPo staff visited Stanford this week to learn more about the program's journalism innovation and the spring class in digital media entrepreneurship.

  • Stanford grad and former Daniel Pearl Intern Will Oremus has been named a Digital Ellie finalist for his Slate political horse race animation.
  • Stanford sports reporting professor Gary Pomerantz wrote this piece for today's Wall Street Journal.

    Friday marks the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game, and Pomerantz commemorated the event in his book, "Wilt, 1962: The Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era."

  • Congratulations Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ('04) for winning an Oscar for her documentary short film, "Saving Face."
  • Stanford's environmental and science reporting professor, Thomas Hayden, authored this article on Climate Change, which appeared on the front of the San Francisco Chronicle's Insight section Sunday.
  • Stanford's own sports reporting professor, Gary Pomerantz, appeared on NBA TV this week, discussing the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game.

    Watch the short interview here, and tune in for the one-hour special airing March 2.

  • Francesca Freeman ('10), reports on gold and precious metals trading in Dow Jones London office.

    Francesca made her video debut this week, explaining the current state of gold prices.

  • Josh Hicks ('11), went on the campaign trail for the Washington Post this week, covering Mitt Romney's rally in Florida.
  • Joyce Ho, Stanford Global Health Reporting Fellow, begins an internship with NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman this month.

    Joyce is helping report stories for use on NBC Nightly News and the Today show. Joyce and her fellowship were also the subject of a recent article on U.S. News and World Report's website.

  • Georgia Wells ('12), received a scholarship from the Overseas Press Club for her work reporting in Egypt during the revolution last spring.

    Wells is back in Egypt reporting now and plans to return to Stanford to finish her master's degree in March.

  • Dan Bohm ('11), has accepted a job writing, editing and managing the sports news website Fan IQ.

    Dan will be based in San Francisco.

  • Doug Ray ('11), has accepted a position in the creative department at Three Ships Media.

    Doug will be a multimedia writer and producer and will be based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • Nicole Perlroth ('08) has accepted a job at the New York Times.
    She will be reporting for the Bits blog and the newspaper, covering cybersecurity and privacy.
  • Lindsey Hoshaw ('09) has pitched a New York Times freelance piece about fog harvesting in Moroccan communities facing drought.
    She is working toward funding her reporting trip with donations on
  • Alexandra Wexler ('11) has accepted a job as a reporter covering commodities trading at Dow Jones Newswires in New York.
  • Miran Pavic, ('10), now serves as the Sunday editor for Croatian newspaper Nedjeljni Jutarnji.

    The paper recently posted big growth, with circulation up 27 percent in 2011 over 2010, and ad sales up 150 percent. The company also launched three new monthly magazines. Nedjelini Jutarnji's successes were featured in the World Association of Newspapers' annual report.

  • Nicole Perlroth ('08), of Forbes, talks to Power Lunch about Top VCs
  • Lindsey Hoshaw ('09) has been awarded a fellowship with Institutes for Journalism & Natural Resources.

    The opportunity will take her on a journey of several hundred miles through New Mexico and Colorado, where she will learn about energy resources. Congratulations, Lindsey!

  • Alexandra Wexler ('11) published her Stanford master's thesis, Ivory Trade Revived by Chinese Demand, in the Wall Street Journal.
  • Paul Jones ('11) has accepted a job as a reporter for the San Francisco Daily Journal.

    Paul will be covering legal news related to renewable energy.

  • Whitney Mountain ('11) has accepted a job as a reporter and photographer on the Sacramento Bee's metro desk.

    The job stems from Whitney's summer internship with the Bee.

  • Dean Schaffer ('11) has accepted a job as community manager for online citizen journalism site, AllVoices.

    Based in San Francisco, Dean will be working to engage and grow the site's group of half a million writers.

  • Josh Hicks ('11) made Media Bistro's FishBowl D.C. website, when the internal (funny and complimentary!) memo about his hiring at the Washington Post was leaked.
  • Joyce Ho, Stanford's first global health media fellow, who joined the journalism master's class this fall, published a blog post on the popular medical website,
  • Jamie Hansen ('11) has accepted a job at the Petaluma Argus-Courier, a weekly paper owned by the New York Times Company.

    Jamie will be a government and multimedia reporter.

  • Caroline O’Connor’s ('09) new start-up featured in WSJ
  • Georgia Wells ('11) published Your smartphone may replace your credit cards

    It was a feature article and video on Dow Jones' Market Watch website.

  • Paul Jones ('11) published his Stanford master's thesis, Unsustainable: The problem with California’s green regulations

    The article about often confusing and conflicting agriculture laws in California ran Aug. 29 on the Farm Press.

  • Dean Schaffer ('11) won a short story writing contest and is one of nine authors to be published an anthology book, The Best Of All Sins: Stories Of Love & Heartbreak.
  • Why are we consuming news like it’s 1989?

    Ben Huh, CEO of Cheezburger, Inc. and founder of the Moby Dick Project, organized a group of journalists, technologists and business people from across the country for a day-long conference at Stanford July 29.

  • Lindsey Hoshaw ('09) reported a piece about a Singapore island tourist destination built on top of incinerated trash.

    It published in the New York Times on Aug. 15.

  • Joe Ciolli ('11) has accepted a reporting job for Bloomberg in New York.

    Joe's position stems from his summer internship, where he wrote several columns for the "Real M&A."

  • Josh Hicks ('11) has accepted a job with the Washington Post's national desk.

    He will be working with columnist Glenn Kessler on the Fact Checker blog covering the 2012 elections.

  • Erik Silk ('11) has joined the Google as Google news associate.

    He helps oversee the thousands of news sites that appear in the Google News feed and news search feature along with 2007 Stanford Graduate Program in Journalism alum David Smydra. Erik can be reached at

  • Jamie Hansen was featured in the Bay Area section of the New York Times.

    Read her article, The Library Is Closed, but You Can Still Get Books.

  • Georgia Wells ('11) spent the spring quarter reporting on the revolution in Egypt.

    Her work has been published on the Georgia was also featured in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle written by Kathryn Roethel ('10).

  • Susanna Kim ('10) has accepted a job as a reporter for based in New York.
  • Erin Beresini ('10) has accepted the position of senior editor for Competitor Magazine in Los Angeles.
  • David Carini, Vanessa Casteneda and Stacie Chan, all from the class of 2010, accepted positions as Bay Area local editors for AOL's hyperlocal news venture
  • Miran Pavic ('10) has accepted a position as Sunday editor for Nedjeljni Jutarnji, a newspaper based in Zagreb, Croatia.
  • Poornima Weerasekara ('10) has accepted a reporting job with New America Media based in San Francisco.

  • Lily Bixler ('10) has accepted a position as a reporter for the Half Moon Bay Review.
  • AJ Glasser ('09) has joined Inside Social Games as a Lead Writer for the Web site

    She most recently served as a News Editor for GamePro Media. In her new role, she will cover the business of social games. AJ can now be reached at +1 (713) 582 8804 and or followed on Twitter at www.twitter.comJoygirl007.

  • Alexandra Wexler ('11) has been chosen as the 2011 Daniel Pearl Memorial Journalism Intern

    Wexler will work in a foreign bureau of The Wall Street Journal this summer.

  • New Networks Target Discomfort With Facebook NPR, 12.10

    Howard Rheingold's social-media class did an exercise that changed the way many of his students interact with Facebook.

  • Frankie Freeman (’10) joins Dow Jones London bureau as a reporter on the commodities desk.
  • Susana Montes ('10) joins Facebook as a User Operations Analyst for the Latin American team.
  • Intern Becomes Real Live Blog Dude–ATD Hires Drake Martinet All Things Digital, 11.10

    Drake Martinet ('10) to expand All Things Digital Social Networking effort

  • The Election Will Be Tweeted (and Retweeted) The New York Times, 11.10

    Drake Martinet's ('10) Datavisualization Project produced during New York Times internship.

  • Distance Runners Are a Paradox for Insurers The New York Times, 10.10

    Erin Beresini's ('10) New York Times article on the pros and cons of covering long distance runners.

  • Jennifer Martinez ('08) is now a POLITICO fellow and will report on technology.
  • Tommy Wallach's ('09) "snovision" video makes YouTube shortlist

    The shortlist for YouTube Play, A Biennial of Creative Video has been announced! Selected from more than 23,000 submissions from 91 countries, the 125 shortlisted videos can now be seen on the YouTube Play channel. The jury will now select their top choices to be revealed and presented at a special YouTube Play celebration event at the Guggenheim Museum on October 21 and on The final videos selected by the jury will be on view to the public at the Guggenheim Museum from October 22 through 24, and available to a worldwide audience on the YouTube Play channel.

  • Toxic-Waste Sites Haunt Silicon Valley The Wall Street Journal (subscription), 07.10

    Maria Baca's ('10) piece on the after effects of the hazardous materials used in early high-tech manufacturing has been published in the San Francisco Bay Area edition of The Wall Street Journal.

  • Citizen Twitters to Keep Oakland Safe During Riots The Bay Citizen, 07.10

    Poornima Weerasekara ('10) reports on how twitter was used to help people stay safe during riots in Oakland sparked by the Johannes Mehserle verdict.

  • E-Verify and the unintended consequences of immigration reform Salon, 06.10

    Miranda Simon's ('10) thesis examining the economic effects of rooting out undocumented workers appears in Salon.

  • Ghana: The Wasteland World Policy Journal, 06.10

    Frankie Freeman's ('10) thesis investigating the sanitation crisis in Ghana has been published in the Summer 2010 issue of World Policy Journal.

  • Newsgarden powers Stanford journalism project Serra Blog, 04.10

    An independent project by Stanford graduate students, the Pulse has found success by teaming up with local newspapers

  • Bay Area Emerges as Center of Nonprofit Journalism The New York Times, 04.10

    The market isn’t being served by its local news vendors so there is a lot of pent up demand for local news.

  • Top 10 Colleges for Journalism in California eHow

    A degree from Stanford will open many doors and provide graduates with their pick of the litter among journalism jobs.

  • Frankie Freeman ('10) wins 2010 Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarship

    Frankie Freeman on Nasdaq Tower

    OPC Scholars participate in NASDAQ closing bell ceremony (VIDEO)

  • Where Journalism and Technology Collide The Stanford Daily, 01.10

    During the past five years, the Graduate Program in Journalism has rewritten its curriculum to train students in old media values and digital media skills.

  • Hack to Hacker: Rise of the Journalist-Programmer Gawker, 01.10

    Features Taylor Buley ('08).

  • Hoyt's Donation to NYT Story Raises Question: Can Journalists be Both Contributors and Critics? Poynter Online, 07.09
  • One Newspaper, Many Checkbooks The New York Times, 07.09

    Lindsey Hoshaw (MA '09), a freelance journalist in Palo Alto, Calif., hopes to sell a multimedia slide show and maybe an article to The Times about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a mass of floating plastic trash caught in swirling currents in a stretch of ocean twice the size of Texas.

  • Five journalism graduate programs to consider CoPress, 06.09

    Stanford's location near the Silicon Valley brings to it some very tech-y faculty and some interesting courses.

  • Journalism Bust, J-School Boom: While newsrooms get gutted, classrooms are full Forbes, 04.09
  • MediaShift Idea Lab: Redesigning Journalism At Stanford's Design School, 03.09
  • Wannabe Reporters Prove Masochism Signing Up for Journalism School - The Snitch, 02.09

    Stanford University's small 15-student graduate program in journalism saw a 20 percent increase in applications for next year. Ann Grimes, the program's acting director says the curriculum has been tweaked to reflect the changing industry.

  • Internews Every Human Has Rights Media Awards

    Stanford alumna Clara Long (MA '07) was honored by the Online News Association and Internews for Border Stories, a report exploring the US-Mexico border through a mosaic of portrayals.