Spring 2004

Past Fellows and Visiting Faculty

Spring 2004 Fellows

Ingrid LehmannIngrid Lehmann is the former director of the United Nations Information Service in Vienna and currently teaches in the Department of Communication at the University of Salzburg, Austria. In her 25-year career with the United Nations, Lehmann also served as director of the U.N.’s Information Offices in Washington, D.C. and Athens, Greece. She worked in the U.N.’s Department for Disarmament Affairs and in its peacekeeping missions in Cyprus and Namibia. Lehmann holds Master’s degrees in political science (Berlin) and history (Minnesota), as well as a doctorate in political science from the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. She was a Fellow at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs in 1993–94 and a research associate at Yale University’s U.N. Studies Program in 1995–96. Lehmann has published a book Peacekeeping and Public Information — Caught in the Crossfire (London, 1999). She will compare U.S. and German media reporting on the U.N. weapons inspectors in Iraq in 2002–03.  Paper PDF

Rebecca MacKinnonRebecca MacKinnon was formerly CNN’s Tokyo bureau chief and correspondent, responsible for the global news network’s coverage of Japan. MacKinnon covered major events in Japan, Korea, Pakistan and the Philippines. She traveled frequently to South Korea to cover developments related to the North Korean nuclear standoff, and visited North Korea five times during her career at CNN. Previously, MacKinnon served for more than three years as CNN’s Beijing bureau chief, responsible for the network’s coverage of China. She joined CNN in Beijing in 1992 as a producer, and began reporting on-air for CNN in 1996. Before moving to Beijing to work for CNN, she was a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan, where she also worked as a freelance journalist for a number of publications, including Newsweek. MacKinnon is fluent in Chinese. Originally from Tempe, Arizona, MacKinnon graduated magna cum from Harvard, where she majored in government. Ms. MacKinnon will examine the issue of whether new technology and new media can be used to create better journalism.  Paper PDF

Seth MnookinSeth Mnookin worked as a senior writer on the National Affairs staff of Newsweek, where he covered media, politics, crime, and popular culture. He wrote Newsweek‘s cover story on the Jayson Blair scandal, and authored a weekly online column about the media titled “Raw Copy.” Prior to joining Newsweek, Mnookin was a senior correspondent for Brill’s Content and Inside.com. He also served as the city editor of the Forward and as a metro reporter for The Palm Beach Post, covering topics ranging from Jewish motorcycle gangs to Boca Raton residents upset at the amount of pink stucco in their city. Mnookin has written about music and pop culture for a number of publications, including The New Yorker, New York, Details, Spin, the New York Observer, Slate, and Salon.com. His writing has appeared in two anthologies: The Best American Non Required Reading, 2002 and Dorothy Parker’s Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos. Mnookin is a graduate of Harvard College with a B.A. in the history of science. During his Fellowship, he wrote Hard News, a book about the Howell Raines era at The New York Times and the rapidly changing media landscape, published by Random House in 2005.   Paper PDF

Narasimhan RaviNarasimhan Ravi is the editor of The Hindu, one of India’s leading English-language daily newspapers with a circulation of 950,000. Mr. Ravi holds a Master’s degree in economics and a degree in law from Madras University and has been a journalist with The Hindu since 1972. In his career as a journalist, he served as a correspondent, assistant editor, leader writer, Washington correspondent, deputy editor and associate editor before taking over as editor in 1991. In 1993, he received the G. K. Reddy Memorial Award for excellence in journalism from Prime Minister Narasimha Rao and he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters honoris causa by the Venkateswara University. He was the chairman of the Press Trust of India, India’s largest news agency, in 1999-2000 and is now a director on the Board of PTI. He is a member of the executive committee of the Editors Guild of India, and is also associated with the International Press Institute and the Commonwealth Press Union. Mr. Ravi will examine the press coverage of the Iraq War across continents.  Paper PDF

Barbie Zelizer Barbie Zelizer is the Raymond Williams Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. A former journalist, Zelizer has authored or edited seven books, including the award-winning Remembering to Forget: Holocaust Memory Through the Camera’s Eye, Covering the Body: The Kennedy Assassination, the Media, and the Shaping of Collective Memory and Journalism After September 11. Taking Journalism Seriously: News and the Academy and Reporting War: Journalism in Wartime will be published in 2004. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Freedom Forum Center Research Fellowship, Zelizer is also a media critic, whose work on cultural memory, journalism, and images has appeared in The Nation, the Jim Lehrer News Hour, Newsday, and Radio National of Australia. While at the Shorenstein Center she will be writing a book on about-to-die photographs in contemporary U.S. journalism.  Paper PDF