Tow-Knight Fellow María Sánchez Díez Captures $10,000 Scholarship — and Other Award News

  • By Newmark J-School Staff
María Sánchez Díez
María Sánchez Díez

A journalist from Spain who is a Fulbright Fellow pursuing her Master’s in Journalism at CUNY has won a $10,000 scholarship from the Foreign Press Association (FPA).

María Sánchez Díez will use the award to continue developing The Fuego, a digital story platform aimed at young Latinos in the U.S. that she started as a 2015 Fellow at the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the CUNY J-School.

FPA, which dispenses grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to journalists from foreign countries with financial need and a record of excellence, will present Sánchez Díez with the award on May 21 at a reception in New York City.

Sánchez Díez has built her career through online projects: She launched and was digital editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Traveler Spain magazine ( The site has received two Silver Lovie Awards (Best European Travel Site and Best Editorial Work) and a special mention at the Webby Awards (Best Design).

She also worked as a reporter for, a defunct digital media hub that won the Online News Association excellence award for a non-English site in 2008 and 2009.

She has freelanced for El Pais, where she co-wrote the music and travel blog “Motel Americana,” managed the online shorts film festival Notodofilmfest, and coordinated the social media strategy of the PhotoEspaña photography festival. In her pre-digital days, she was a reporter for El Mundo de Tehuacan, in Mexico.


Michaela Ross, a Class of 2015 business concentration student, has been selected for a $3,000 New York Financial Writers’ Association scholarship.

Roxanne L. Scott, a freelance print and audio reporter who graduated in the Class of 2014, will serve as a Fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation’s African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative. She will join five other women journalists in June to report on the themes of democracy and governance from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Ana Maria Rodriguez, ’15; Maya Dangerfield, ’15, and Sandra Lopez-Monsalve, ’14, were selected to attend The New York Times Student Journalism Institute on the campus of the University of Arizona.  During the two-week program, which started May 16, they are being supervised by Times reporters and editors as they cover events around Tucson. They are all members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Rodriguez, a health & science concentration student, will work as a videographer under the supervision of  ’11 alum Channon Hodge.

– Class of 2014 alum Alexis Barnes, has been selected as a Global Health Corps fellow and will work as an advocacy and communications officer with Akros in Lusaka, Zambia, where she will cover malaria prevention and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) systems. Akros is an organization that works to strengthen national health care systems in developing countries.  Global Health Corps fellows receive housing, health insurance, a monthly living stipend and professional development funds. Upon successful completion of the fellowship year, they also receive an award of $1,500.