Journalists & Writers

The Nieman Foundation fulfills our mission to "... promote and elevate the standards of journalism and educate persons deemed especially qualified for journalism" in a variety of ways.

Besides the fellowship program, we sponsor many important initiatives that allow journalists who are not Nieman fellows to benefit from the Foundation's work.  These range from helping journalists tell their stories in a more compelling manner through the Narrative Journalism program to keeping a eye on the powerful at the Nieman Watchdog web site.




Covering Pandemic Flu This stand-alone Web site is a one-stop resource for reporters, editors and newsroom managers trying to navigate the complex and at times confusing details of the flu story. Most of the information is relevant for any influenza pandemic, extending beyond the 2009 H1N1 virus.

Nieman Journalism Lab The Nieman Journalism Lab is a collaborative attempt to figure out how quality journalism can survive and thrive in the Internet age.

We don’t pretend to have even five percent of all the answers, but we do know a lot of smart people. Primary among them are our readers; we hope your contributions will make the Lab a collaborative exchange of ideas. Tell us what’s happening around you, or what should be.

In addition, here at Harvard, we’re working with the Harvard Business School on new business models, the Berkman Center for Internet and Society on understanding online life, and the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations on one potential path for news organizations.

Nieman Reports For more than six decades, Nieman Reports has explored what it means to be a journalist, examined major shifts in how the work of journalists is done, pondered the ways in which this work can be funded, and shared with the quarterly magazine’s global audience of journalists the many challenges, opportunities and responsibilities that news organizations have confronted during times of change.

Nieman Reports is unique in its approach as a journalism magazine. On its pages, journalists write out of their own experiences; in doing so, they share valuable insights and offer useful guidance to our audience of journalists. In each issue, topics of current interest are addressed from a wide variety of perspectives.

Nieman Watchdog Project went online in 2004 with a goal of doing a great service by helping to frame questions on important issues. It was clear that reporters could use all the help they could get, stuck as they were under enormous pressure from deadlines, a flood of raw information, manipulated news, deliberate misinformation and just plain junk that was thrown at them every day.

Nieman Watchdog’s response is to offer suggestions and encouragement and to urge the press to cover important stories aggressively, with independence and originality.

Nieman Storyboard Nieman Storyboard offers journalists who are not fellows a parallel opportunity to see new narratives in every medium and to explore the future of nonfiction storytelling.

Along with our featured Notable Narratives, Storyboard points visitors to impressive work being produced today via weekly lists of stories worth reading (or watching). Other resources include interviews with writers and photojournalists, a four-year archive of links to featured stories, coverage of literary conferences and events, and posts on narrative techniques from veteran storytellers.

Awards The Nieman Foundation administers several awards that honor the best in writing: