Little is now left of the once great tradition of Appalachian journalism. Today there is not a single bureau of any major regional newspaper, much less any national print presence in the entire region. The once great newspapers which played an enormous role in identifying and bringing to the attention of the nation the many problems and injustices in the region such as the Lexington Herald, the Louisville Courier Journal and the Charleston Gazette Gazette are shells of their former selves, with drastically reduced staff and resources. Nor does other media, whether television based, web based or audio come even close to an adequate coverage of the distraught region.
The Galloway Family Foundation (GFF) was founded a number of years ago in order to promote quality journalism in an era in which journalism profoundly changed, both in the sources and level of funding necessary to sustain quality journalism and in the technological changes sweeping the industry.
It is the hope of GFF that it can in some small but still meaningful way fund both projects and journalists at or near the start of their careers that might not attract the attention of other, often larger foundations, even though both the journalists and the issues they will address.
Galloway Family Foundation – Past and Current Partners
The Galloway Family Foundation (GFF) is pleased to work with ABC News and The George Polk Awards to fund a new investigative journalism fellowship. GFF and ABC News, working with the George Polk Awards Committee, have established a pilot program for international investigative reporting, the Galloway Reporting Fellowship.
The Galloway Family Foundation provides grants for international human rights reporting to the GlobalPost. The GlobalPost helps to fill the void in world news coverage by US news organizations. With a network of journalists around the world living and working in the countries they cover, The GlobalPost produces reports, video and photography that give a ground-level view on international stories.
The GFF believes that a void currently exists in the interaction between government practitioners and individuals working in academic and non-governmental organizations. To rectify this problem, the GFF has established the Galloway International Congressional Fellowship (GICF). The Fellowship offers professionals opportunities to work directly in Congress with Senators and Foreign Relations Committee staff on a variety of major foreign-policy issues.
The Galloway Family Foundation provides grants for international human rights reporting to GroundTruth. The GroundTruth Project is dedicated to training a new generation of international correspondents and to adding increased knowledge and understanding on issues of social justice including human rights, freedom of expression, emerging democracies, the environment, religious affairs and global health.With funding from the Galloway Family Foundation, GroundTruth reporting fellows have done outstanding, in-depth reporting on the effects of climate change on human rights around the world.
Galloway Fellowship Programs
The Galloway Family Foundation has funded and continue to fund several successful Fellowship programs, in both the domestic and international area. Through its fellowship programs with ABC News, GroundTruth, and Global Post as well as the Galloway International Congressional Fellowship (GICF), the Galloway Family Foundation has sought to provide the new generation of journalism the opportunity to tackle important issues.The Galloway Family Foundation (GFF) has worked with ABC News, GroundTruth and Global Post to fund investigative journalism projects worldwide. These programs offer less experienced journalists a unique opportunity to broaden their experience. Their reporting often focuses on important stories from regions that are ignored.
GFF has also established the Galloway International Congressional Fellowship (GICF). This Fellowship offers professionals opportunities to work directly in Congress with Senators and Foreign Relations Committee staff on a variety of major foreign-policy issues. The Fellows provide Committee members with their expertise on foreign-policy issues facing the U.S., while the Committee members give Fellows a hands-on, in-depth education in setting and administering foreign policy.
On the domestic side, GFF is currently partnering with GroundTruth, West Virginia Public Broadcasting , the Lexington Herald-Leader, and the Charleston Gazette-Mail to support a reporting project which is intend to address the issues that impact Appalachia. Three Galloway fellows will be selected in the fall of this year and will work with our partners on a joint-reporting project. The product of which will be distributed via print, online and broadcast news.
|Mohammed Ibrahim was a Galloway Reporting Fellow working in partnership with ABC News and the George Polk Awards. In 2012, GFF welcomed Mohamed Ibrahim as the inaugural Galloway Fellow. Ibrahim is an accomplished journalist who has written on the turf warfare, drought and subsequent famine in his country, Somalia. Since 2006, he has been a Reporter at the New York Times, where he assisted the Times bureau chief, Jeffrey Gettleman, in putting together complex reports on everything from child soldiers to secret American operations inside Somalia. He finished several dangerous investigative projects for the Times, including reporting deep beside behind insurgent lines in one of the most explosive regions of the world. Ibrahim has also been a Press Freedom Researcher at the Eastern Africa Journalists’ Association; the Somalia Coordinator at the International News Safety; and the General Secretary of the National Media Council of Somalia.|
|Jacob Kushner was a 2015 Galloway Reporting Fellow alongside Anthony Langat, reporting to the Global Post. Under the Fellowship, Kushner become GroundTruth’s Africa corrspondent leading three investigative projects in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. During their time as fellows, they collaborated on a series of articles reporting on LGBT rights and anti-gay legislation in Africa as well as articles on Kenyan police brutality and the World Bank’s resettlement policies.
|Anthony Langat was a 2015 Galloway Reporting Fellow alongside Jacob Kushner. Langat is a Kenyan freelance journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya with an interest in reporting on human rights, security, governance and climate change. With support from the Galloway Family Foundation, Jacob Kushner and Anthony Langat published a series of articles on LGBT rights in East Africa, police corruption and brutality in Kenya, and the World Bank’s resettlement policies.|
|Nichole Sobecki is the 2016 Galloway Family Foundation Reporting Fellow and worked for The GroundTruth Project to investigate climate change issues in Somalia. Nichole worked previously for Agence France-Presse producing regular video and photo features, and coordinating their video coverage of East Africa. She was the Turkey Correspondent for GlobalPost from 2008-2011, based in Istanbul, Turkey. During that time she also covered the early days of the Libyan uprising, the ongoing war in Afghanistan, developmental challenges facing Nepal, and the aftermath of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.|
|Rose Jackson became the first Galloway International Congressional Fellow in 2013. As part of her work in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with Senator Chris Coons, Jackson drafted an amendment aimed at containing weapons systems provided to the Syrian opposition and drafted language barring direct weapons transfers to the Somali government until safety, security and human rights were prioritized. She also wrote letters and statements aimed at elevating awareness of the American citizen Amir Hekmati’s detention in Iran.
|Stacia George was a recipient of the Galloway International Congressional Fellowship in 2014. As a Fellow, George raised awareness of various issues that impact Africa, working on the Food for Peace Reform Act and building support for funding for a new UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, among other projects. George also conducted research and prepared Senator Chris Coons for hosting 51 African heads of state as part of the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. She drafted and passed a resolution on the Ebola outbreak and helped organize an informational briefing on Ebola for House and Senate staffers with over 100 attendees.
|Alexandra Davis is a recipient of the Galloway International Congressional Fellowship in 2016 and 2017. As a fellow, Alexandra oversees the U.S. foreign assistance portfolio and supports Senator Coons’ roles on the Senate Foreign relations and Appropriations committees. In regards to U.S. foreign assistance, Alexandra assists in evaluating bilateral programs and engages with stakeholders who receive funding from the Function 150 account of the U.S. government. She is also leading the drafting of a bill to defend funding to multilateral organizations.|
Galloway Fellowships in Appalachia
|Molly Born is a graduate of Fairmont State University and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University specializing in public affairs journalism. While in school, Molly worked as a reporter for Medill News Service covering changing demographics and immigration in Chicago and its suburbs and transportation in Washington, D.C.
Molly most recently worked as a reporter at the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette where she produced original coverage of national news stories including the January 2014 chemical spill in Charleston, W.Va.
|William Wright studied journalism and political science at the University of Kentucky. He served as Editor-in-Chief of UK’s independent student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel, where he led a staff of 14 editors and more than a dozen photographers and writers. During his time at the newspaper, Wright received multiple national and statewide awards for his reporting. The Kernel won the prestigious Pacemaker award for the 2015-16 school year, when Wright was Editor-in-Chief. Previously, Wright served as managing editor and assistant news editor at the Kentucky Kernel.
|Caity Coyne is a recent graduate of West Virginia University's Reed College of Media (WVU)
where she studied print journalism and American politics.
While in school, Caity served as Editor-in- Chief of The Daily Athenaeum, WVU’s independent student newspaper, where she reported in depth on University affairs, city affairs,and state politics. Most recently, Caity served as a reporting intern at the Charleston-Gazette Mail where she was responsible for covering statewide issues.