Class of 2019
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard has selected 27 Nieman Fellows for the class of 2019. The group includes reporters, correspondents, editors, photographers, filmmakers, television news anchors, a radio producer and other journalists who specialize in data investigations, digital development, social media, virtual reality and new forms of storytelling. They will begin two semesters of study at Harvard University in the fall of 2018. Read the press release
Soji Akinlabi (Nigeria), lead producer and CEO of Africa Business Radio, will study the U.S. public media business model to learn how it might promote ethical journalism, transparency and accountability in reporting while contributing to the development of media entrepreneurship.
Shaul Amsterdamski (Israel), economic editor at Kan, Israel’s public broadcasting corporation, will study how public news organizations can use new technologies and forms of digital storytelling to deliver complex economic stories to a broad audience, with a focus on data journalism and crowdsourcing.
Christina Andreasen (Denmark), the editor of digital development and social media at Berlingske, one of the oldest newspapers in the world, will study how legacy media can successfully turn digital by incorporating new skill sets in their newsrooms.
Samantha Appleton, an American photographer who concentrates on historical trends, will examine the concept of otherness in the American psyche, from slavery to war, and how it affects the current century of news. The research will be used for future interdisciplinary projects rooted in photography.
Juan Arredondo (Colombia/USA), a documentary photographer, will study the impact photography can have on reconciliation in post-conflict societies and how visual storytelling can engage citizens in the aftermath of violence. As the 2019 Knight Latin American Nieman Fellow, his fellowship is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Tanya Ballard Brown
Tanya Ballard Brown, digital editor for NPR, will focus on comedic journalism — the growing intersection of humor/satire and journalism — and how it can help journalists connect with their audiences and build community.
Benny Becker, a public radio reporter for the Ohio Valley ReSource and WMMT/Appalshop, plans to research strategies for funding infrastructure in rural communities that are struggling with the collapse of an extractive economy. For his fieldwork, he will investigate these issues in multiple counties in eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia. Becker is one of three inaugural Abrams Nieman Fellows for Local Investigative Journalism in the class of 2019.
Anica Butler, an editor at The Boston Globe, will study change management and design thinking to learn how newsroom culture can become more nimble and dynamic. She will also explore how leadership can affect innovation and diversity.
Mea Dols de Jong
Mea Dols de Jong (Netherlands), an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist, will study the evolving rules for quality audiovisual journalism and storytelling on the internet.
Mattia Ferraresi (Italy), the U.S. correspondent for Il Foglio, will study the roots of American liberalism and its discontents, from the postwar consensus to the current era marked by the global resurgence of nationalistic and populist forces.
Myroslava Gongadze, Voice of America’s Ukrainian service chief in Washington, D.C., will study propaganda in light of a new era of Russian information warfare against the West, and strategies to counter it.
Kaeti Hinck, an editor at The Washington Post, will investigate how neuroscience and psychology can inform the digital news ecosystem and reshape approaches to product design, visual journalism and trust.
Esther Htusan (Myanmar) a correspondent for The Associated Press, will study conflict, inequality and injustice and their impact on Myanmar and the surrounding region. She is the first Nieman Fellow from Myanmar.
Jonathan Jackson, a co-founder of Blavity, Inc., will study the emergence of black media in the digital age, examining new ways to measure black cultural influence both inside the U.S. and abroad and its effects on the media and advertising landscape.
Mary Ellen Klas
Mary Ellen Klas, the capital bureau chief for The Miami Herald in Tallahassee, Fla., will examine the relationship between declining journalism resources and corruption in local communities and more specifically, what happens to government integrity when watchdog reporting declines.
Uli Köppen (Germany), head of data journalism at the German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk (ARD), will study how coding can improve journalism by enabling the investigation of algorithms and machine bias within interdisciplinary newsrooms.
Sevgil Musaieva (Ukraine), editor-in-chief of the online newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda, will study a range of media markets to determine the best tools and practices for fostering journalism that is independent of politics and business.
Steve Myers, editor of The Lens, a public-interest newsroom in New Orleans, will study how nonprofit, investigative news sites can reach civic-minded audiences, demonstrate their value and increase reader support.
Peter Nickeas, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, will study the effects of trauma on children and use that understanding to inform editorial decisions and make violence coverage more accessible to readers.
Yoshiaki Nohara (Japan), a Tokyo-based economics reporter for Bloomberg News, will research depopulation and its economic consequences in Japan as a case study for the trend in other nations.
Francesca Panetta (United Kingdom), executive editor for virtual reality at The Guardian, will explore how experimentation and the adoption of emerging technologies in journalism can be more strategic.
Nathan Payne, executive editor of Michigan’s Traverse City Record-Eagle, will study the impact of data-driven investigative journalism on public perceptions of local media organizations. His fieldwork will examine the effects of mental health policies on local communities. Payne is one of three inaugural Abrams Nieman Fellows for Local Investigative Journalism in the class of 2019.
Laura N. Pérez Sánchez
Laura N. Pérez Sánchez, an investigative reporter and editor from Puerto Rico, will study corruption in post-disaster efforts, such as those following Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and how journalism can exercise better watchdog practices in reconstruction contexts. For her fieldwork, she will examine Puerto Rico’s ongoing reconstruction and use of relief funds after Hurricane Maria. Perez Sanchez is one of three inaugural Abrams Nieman Fellows for Local Investigative Journalism in the class of 2019.
Brent Renaud, a filmmaker, photographer and journalist based in Little Rock, Ark., will study the effects of trauma and mental and emotional illness on rates of poverty and violence in America.
Gabriella Schwarz, managing editor of Flipboard in New York, will study how human editors and algorithms shape content. She will analyze how the rise of aggregators has changed the news and how that change is impacting the U.S and democracy.
Matthew Teague, an Alabama-based correspondent for National Geographic, The Guardian, The Atlantic and others, will study the emerging interdependence of faith and politics in the United States, and how journalists can best understand and cover it.
Afsin Yurdakul (Turkey), anchor and correspondent for the Habertürk News Network, will study the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on Turkey and other host nations, focusing on what Turkey and others can do to support the long-term economic and social integration of refugees. She is the first Turkish journalist selected for a Robert L. Long Nieman Fellowship.