Google picks Kiwi writer
A young Kiwi journalist is getting a career boost most of her peers can only dream of.
Anna Li has been awarded a Google Journalism Fellowship.
The scholarship will see her spend 10 weeks working with some of the top institutions in the field across the United States.
The 23-year-old was raised in Auckland and attended Mt Roskill Grammar School.
She moved to the US after finishing high school and is due to graduate from California’s Stanford University in June with a masters degree in journalism. This is the first time the fellowships have been offered and more than 2000 applications were received by Google from media students across the world.
Miss Li will spend most of the programme with the prestigious Poynter Institute where she has been awarded a second scholarship that will allow her to stay on until 2014.
‘‘I don’t feel like I’m doing anything particularly special. I live in Silicon Valley – I’m surrounded by people my own age who have formed multi-million dollar companies,’’ she says.
The fellowships have a focus on data journalism, the practice of making stories out of large sets of data including statistics.
Data journalism is becoming more important as the media moves into the digital age and has been a focus of her work, Miss Li says.
Her goal though travel writer.
‘‘If I could travel and get paid for it I would love it,’’ she says.
Google was created by two
is to be a computer science PhD students who met at the same university Miss Li now attends.
Because of its origins the internet giant strongly supports education initiatives, says the company’s communication manager Annie Baxter.
‘‘We think the role of journalists is becoming more and more important as the amount of information we consume every day increases.
‘‘There are 72 hours of footage uploaded every minute to YouTube. The role of journalists to analyse, interpret, and validate the information is becoming more important,’’ Ms Baxter says.
‘‘We wanted to help the next generation of young reporters find a way to use modern tools and technologies to tell stories in new and exciting ways,’’ she says.
High flyer: Anna Li has been awarded one of the first Google Journalism Fellowships.