Photographer Alex Potter (right) has won the inaugural James W. Foley Fellowship for young journalists, fellowship administrator The GroundTruth Project announced last week. Potter will use the $10,000 fellowship to pursue a project about the effects of conflict on children in the Middle East.
“I am delighted that she will be continuing Jim’s legacy of moral courage and commitment to the truth,” said Diane Foley, Jim Foley’s mother and the founder and executive director of the James W. Foley Foundation. Foley was captured by ISIS while reporting on the Syrian civil war and murdered in 2014.
Potter, who is a trained nurse, has worked in the Middle East as both a journalist and caregiver. She was one of 250 applicants—including 100 photographers—for the fellowship. “Alex’s application stood out from the rest,” says Kevin D. Grant, co-founder and executive editor of The GroundTruth Project. “Her personal investment in public service is very much in keeping with Jim Foley’s model of journalism as public service…[and her] proposal resonated with the selection committee for its thoughtful approach and its focus on the victims of the fighting, particularly children, and how they are recovering.”
Applicants were asked to submit proposals about “education, health, culture, art, food, faith and other expressions of life in a region where too often reporters cover only conflict,” according to GroundTruth’s call for applications in October.
Funding for the fellowship is provided by the James W. Foley Foundation, with additional funding provided by New York-based Correspondents’ Fund, a non-profit that provides funding and emergency relief for journalists in the US and abroad.
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