Indian American student wins WSJ's Daniel Pearl internship

Washington: Devin Banerjee, an Indian American student at Stanford University, has been awarded the 2010 Daniel Pearl Memorial Journalism Internship, which will have him working in one of the Wall Street Journal’s foreign bureaus this summer.

Banerjee, editor-in-chief of the Stanford Daily, is working toward a degree in management science and engineering, with a concentration in technology and policy, according to a university news release. He expects to graduate in 2011.

The internship was established to commemorate the work and ideals of Pearl, a Stanford graduate and Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002.

In an essay written as part of the application process, Banerjee noted that Pearl rooted his stories in conversations with everyday people, “for it often was their absence from the larger conversation that yielded a nature of misunderstanding – the failure to connect the dots”.

Banerjee is from Calabasas in Southern California, and he has previously held internships at the San Jose Mercury News and the JoongAng Daily in Seoul, Korea.

Pearl, a 1985 graduate of Stanford’s department of communication, was kidnapped in Karachi Jan 23, 2002, while working on a story retracing the steps of “shoe bomber” Richard Reid. A month later, on Feb 21, his captors released a videotape of his slaying. He was 38.

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