Meet the Winners
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2020 EurekAlert! Fellowships for International Science Reporters. Five early-career journalists from China, India, the Balkan region and Egypt were selected by an independent panel of judges. The Fellowship winners are slated to attend the 2020 AAAS Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA, USA February 13-16, 2020.
Pratik Pawar (@pratikmpawar)
Pratik Pawar is a science journalist currently based in Bangalore, India. After acquiring a master's degree in biotechnology, he moved to science journalism in early 2018. In the past year and a half, he has written and reported several stories ranging from space missions to bonobos at The Wire. He is also the recipient of the 2019 S. Ramaseshan science writing fellowship. As a fellow, he writes news stories and profiles at Current Science, India's leading open-access journal. Alongside the written word, he has a long-standing interest in podcasting and broadcast journalism. In his free time, he can be found listening to obscure podcasts or reading medical non-fiction.
Mohammed Mansour is an Egyptian science journalist based in Cairo working as a science editor at the popular newspaper AlmasryAlyoum, and as a freelance writer for Scientific American Arabic Edition and the Alroyea newspaper based in United Arab Emirates. He worked as an engineer before starting his career as science reporter in 2015. As a science journalist for several media outlets, he has written on topics such as physiology, physics, climate change, space technologies, health, and diseases, and has a strong interest in improving and expanding coverage of scientific topics and a desire to gain a better understanding of scientific research methods through field and lab work.
Dannie Peng graduated from the University of Macau in 2018 with a master's degree in Communication and Media. She initially worked as a business reporter before moving to the science beat at China Newsweek in Beijing. In her time as a science journalist, she has written several cover stories and investigative reports about sperm banks, the London Patient whose HIV was cleared, Elon Musk's Brain-Machine Interface Nuralink, and the Amazon tropical forest fire among other topics. She is currently working on her third cover story for China Newsweek on global sand mining.
Jelena Kalinic is a science journalist-stringer for Voice of America Bosnia and the daily newspaper, Oslobodjenje and is based in Sarajevo. There, she covers a wide range of topics from zoology and botany to bioengineering, CRISPR, astrophysics, and more. In addition, she writes her own science blog, Quantum of Science, and produces her own explanatory videos about science on YouTube. She is a member of the Balkan Network of Science Journalists. Her science reporting interests of late include the philosophy and history of science and debunking pseudoscience, particularly relating to vaccines and alternative medicine.
Nicolas Bustamante (@NicolasB23)
Nicolas Bustamante Hernandez is a journalist educated at the Pontifical Xaverian University, in Bogota, Colombia. Since 2016 he has reported on science news and stories from Colombia and the rest of the world for EL TIEMPO. He creates multimedia packages for the newspaper and writes about topics such as astronomy, astrophysics, physics, cosmology, space exploration, geology, geography, archeology, paleontology, anthropology, chemistry, biology and mathematics. He was part of the group that, in 2017, won the Amway Environmental Journalism Award and the Simon Bolivar National Journalism Award for the multimedia project titled “The climate changed for us for ever.”