Carter Center and The National in the UAE Award 2022-2023 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

ATLANTA…As part of a partnership with The National media outlet in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), The Carter Center announces two new fellows for the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program.

UAE fellow recipients Jenna Kleinwort and Fatima Al Mahmoud will join an international cohort of journalists who have been awarded fellowships since 1996. Over the past 26 years, the Center has awarded one-year fellowships to more than 230 journalists, connecting them with resources and experts to increase the quality and accuracy of mental health reporting around the world. The program is currently in the United States, Latin America, Qatar, the UAE, and was previously in New Zealand, South Africa, and Romania.

Fatima Al Mahmoud headshot Jenna Kleinwort headshot

Photos: The National (Fatima Al Mahmoud left, Jenna Kleinwort right)

Kleinwort previously covered business and social affairs as a video reporter at 7DNews in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Her work has also been seen on Bahrain TV and German channels, including ZDF. Her fellowship project will focus on the people at the forefront of the mental health landscape in the UAE.

Al Mahmoud is a social media journalist at The National in Abu Dhabi and has also reported from Beirut, coverage mental health topics including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers in Lebanon and the country’s psychiatric drug shortages. Al Mahmoud’s fellowship project will focus on the mental health of first responders.

This month, the pair will begin the UAE program of the year-long, non-residential fellowship, which aims to increase and improve the quality of mental health reporting in the media.

During their time as fellows, both journalists will be assisted by a local advisory board in the UAE and receive intensive training from experts and mentors in the U.S. to help them accurately report on mental health.

The Carter Center provides training, educational materials, mentorship, evaluation tools, and technical assistance to develop a sustainable program in the UAE. The National manages the UAE program and is responsible for the selection of journalists and the adaptation of the program to meet the needs of the population.

Applications for the 2023-24 UAE cohort of Rosalynn Carter Fellows for Mental Health Journalism will open in February 2023.

Since Rosalynn Carter established the Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program in 1996, fellows have produced more than 1500 stories, documentaries, books, and other works during and after their fellowship year. Their projects have garnered Emmy Awards, nominations for the Pulitzer Prize, and other awards. See and follow @CarterFellows on Twitter for more information about the fellows and tips on mental health journalism.

Contact: In Atlanta, Rennie Sloan,
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