Washington Post reporter Sandra Boodman is one of 12 journalists from across the country who have been awarded John S. Knight Fellowships at Stanford University for the 1985-86 academic year.

The 20th class of Knight Fellows, joined by seven journalists from other nations who have been selected as International Fellows, will spend a year at Stanford pursuing independent courses of study and attending seminars.

Other recipients of the Knight Fellowships are:

Eric Black, special projects reporter for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune; Lorraine Branham, a night metropolitan editor at the Baltimore Sun; Joseph Distelheim, a sports editor at the Detroit Free Press; James Harper, a staff writer and music critic at the St. Petersburg Times; Linda Herskowitz, a medical writer at The Philadelphia Inquirer; Stephen Lindbeck, an editorial page editor of the Anchorage Daily News; Jim McGee, an investigative reporter with The Miami Herald; James Mitchell, a business editor at the San Jose Mercury News; Mary Voboril, a staff writer with The Miami Herald; Richard Whitmire, a Pentagon reporter with Gannett News Service; and Rita Williams, a reporter with KTVU-TV in Oakland.

The International Fellows are: Anwomea-Ackah Blay, an assistant editor of Ghana Broadcasting Corp. in Accra, Ghana; Colette Braeckman, a reporter for Le Soir in Brussels; Paul Jansen, an assistant editor of The Straits Times in Singapore; Andras Kepes, deputy editor in chief of Hungarian Television in Budapest; Celina Rodriguez, a reporter for Notisistema, in Guadalajara, Mexico; Toshimitsu Shigemura, Seoul correspondent for Mainichi Shimbun in Tokyo; and Jochen Siemens, a political editor at Frankfurter Rundschau, in Frankfurt.