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Meet Our Inaugural Urbanist Journalism Fellows!

Have you heard the news? The Island Press Urban Resilience Project (URP) is partnering with Greater Greater Washington on an urbanist journalism fellowship this fall and we are so excited to introduce the inaugural fellows! This fellowship is designed to help local journalists launch their careers, gain more of a background in urbanism, and provide a platform for a rich array of stories — particularly stories that engage issues for disadvantaged communities here in the DC area.

Welcome Christina Sturdivant Sani

Christina Sturdivant Sani is likely a familiar name. She's written for City Paper, CityLab, Washingtonian Magazine, DCist, and Washington AFRO-American Newspapers.

Christina Sturdivant Sani

You may have caught her January piece in CityLab exploring the use of dockless bikes by black Washingtonians, particularly younger people. Born and raised in DC, Christina is really intrigued by "urbanism" and is a keen observer about how transportation and urban planning are implemented in communities across the District. Through this fellowship Christina hopes to gain a deeper understanding of urbanist principles and the forces that shape how she and her fellow Washingtonians interact with the built environment.

Welcome AJ Earl

Alex-jon (AJ) Earl is newer to the Washington region and to journalism, and sees this fellowship as an opportunity to learn the art of writing about cities.

Alex-jon (AJ) Earl

AJ is interested in issues related to transit and livability, and successfully helped protect a bus route serving an important cultural home to urban Native Americans in the Seattle area. They are a second-year journalism fellow with the Native American Journalists Association, and are interested in learning more about the transit and bus systems in the Washington region and how they serve the diverse needs of area residents. AJ is also currently enrolled in American University's Master's program in Public History.

Our partnership with Greater Greater Washington 

Greater Greater Washington (GGWash) plays an important role in Washington's media landscape as a community-driven news and advocacy website that stimulates dialogue and influences policy and decision-making across the region. Like URP, GGWash is committed to broadening the conversation on urban resilience by amplifying new and diverse voices. 

What's next?

The fellows begin their work this week and will be with us through the middle of December. They have already pitched some really intriguing story ideas, which will entail some deep dives into urbanist issues, but will also be writing some more traditional pieces. So, keep your eye out for their bylines in the coming weeks. Stories will first appear on the GGWash website and will be shared on URP's Twitter, Facebook, and Flipboard

Do you have questions or story ideas for the fellows? Let us know in the comments.