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October 12, 2016

The GroundTruth Project, WGBH Launch “Women in Tech” Fellowship

 

BOSTON, October 12, 2016 — The GroundTruth Project recently launched a one-month fellowship called “Women in Tech” for emerging female journalists to cover the technology industry. The project is in partnership with WGBH, PRI’s “Innovation Hub” and SiliconANGLE Media’s theCUBE. The three fellows, chosen from a competitive pool of applicants from across the country, are Victoria Bedford, Associate Producer for Boston Public Radio and a reporter for WGBH News; Pooja Sivaraman, podcast founder and a recent graduate from Tufts University; and Karis Hustad, a reporter for Chicago Inno, a technology news outlet in Chicago.

"This fellowship opens the door for GroundTruth and our terrific partners at WGBH to look carefully at the issue of gender inequality in the technology field,” said Kevin Grant, Co-Founder and Managing Editor of The GroundTruth Project. “We are supporting the next generation of reporters to produce excellent, multimedia coverage on a very important but undercovered story."

Beginning in October, the fellows will train and report in Boston before attending the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in Houston from Oct. 19-21, which features the largest gathering of female technologists in the world.

“We’re thrilled to be able to work with young female journalists, and to be part of their journey as they look at how advances in technology will change all of our lives,” said Kara Miller, Host and Executive Editor of “Innovation Hub.”

The “Women in Tech” Fellowship is a pilot program building toward a long-term initiative to train and support emerging journalists to cover the intersection of technology and social justice. As part of that mission, the fellowship also includes two junior fellows from Palo Alto High School, who will pursue their own stories on the gender gap in the technology industry under the mentorship of the editorial team and the selected fellows.

About WGBH News

WGBH News is among the fastest growing local news providers in greater Boston and draws on the talent of a multi-platform newsroom that includes 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR, television and digital reporting. The WGBH newsroom continues to invest in substantive local coverage and has established dedicated desks for innovation, higher education and politics as well as unique partnerships to expand on that commitment, including with WNYC’s The Takeaway, PRI’s The World, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, and The GroundTruth Project.

About The GroundTruth Project

The GroundTruth Project is a nonprofit media organization dedicated to supporting a new generation of international correspondents and to adding increased knowledge and understanding on critical global issues through enterprise journalism. Headed by veteran investigative reporter Charles M. Sennott, The GroundTruth Project is committed to narrative storytelling that enlightens and informs across media platforms, including digital, radio/podcast, television and documentary film. The team’s reporting centers on issues of social justice that matter for an increasingly interconnected world, including human rights, freedom of expression, emerging democracies, the environment, religious affairs and global health.

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