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Class of 2017

Jassim Ahmad

(UK) The head of multimedia innovation at Reuters, Ahmad will examine how fully journalism organizations are exploiting technology, focusing on storytelling formats, user orientation, open platforms and organizational culture.

Michelle Boorstein

Religion reporter for The Washington Post, Boorstein will study the renegotiation of religion’s place in American public life. Her examination will include legal issues, sociological changes and the history of secularism.

Lolly Bowean

A reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Bowean will study the cultural differences between the African-American descendants of American slavery and the children of black immigrants. She also will research the evolution of the black family in America.

Georg Diez

(Germany) A reporter and columnist covering politics and culture for Der Spiegel, Diez will study how a new Web-based journalistic platform could enable worldwide conversations around specific topics — a digital salon offering an alternative to how knowledge is traditionally shared by legacy media.

Tyler Dukes

An investigative reporter for WRAL News in North Carolina, Dukes will study best practices for college journalism programs and newsrooms looking to democratize data-driven reporting for underserved communities.

Christian Feld

(Germany) A Brussels-based political correspondent for ARD German TV, Feld will design a training program to provide European journalists with a solid knowledge of computer science and cyberspace policies and increase their digital literacy.

Felicia Fonseca

An Arizona-based correspondent for The Associated Press, Fonseca will study the plight of American Indian tribes and their efforts to build sustainable economies that don’t rely heavily on the federal system.

Katherine Goldstein

Goldstein has worked as a senior editor at Slate and Vanity Fair. She will examine digital journalism strategies for hiring and retaining a diverse workforce and the particular challenges facing working mothers in the industry.

Nkem Ifejika

(UK/Nigeria) A presenter at the BBC World Service in London, Ifejika will explore media ownership and organizational structures in Nigeria, and how these might be overhauled to improve standards and trust between journalists and the public.

Roland Kelts

A Tokyo-based author, contributing writer to The New Yorker and columnist for The Japan Times, Kelts will study the proliferation of streaming media content and the spread of Asian popular culture in the West, driven by digital natives worldwide.

Kyoungtae Kim

(South Korea) An editor for Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, Kyoungtae will study the proper role of media in peacefully solving international conflicts, focusing specifically on northeastern Asia. He will also explore developments in providing interactive news content to mobile devices. His fellowship is supported by The Asia Foundation.

Brady McCollough

A projects reporter for sports and news at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, McCollough will examine the future of football in America, focusing on medical research and the role journalism plays in light of growing knowledge about the game’s health impact on players.

Maciek Nabrdalik

(Poland) A documentary photographer and member of the VII Photo Agency, Nabrdalik will study the social transformations caused by migration, particularly the relation between mobility and religious practices.

Chisomo Ngulube

(Malawi) Chief editor for TV News at the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, Ngulube will examine how to maintain journalistic standards during an era of media convergence. She will also prepare for growing Internet adoption in her country.

Jeneé Osterheldt

A lifestyle columnist for The Kansas City Star, Osterheldt will study theories of discrimination and their application to storytelling on diverse subjects. Her research will include black and women’s studies, as well as the history of feminism.

Karin Pettersson

(Sweden) The political editor-in-chief at Aftonbladet, Scandinavia’s biggest daily newspaper, Pettersson will study how extreme right-wing and racist movements use digital platforms to reach audiences and how this affects the work of traditional media.

Jason Rezaian

A reporter for The Washington Post and the paper’s former Tehran bureau chief, Rezaian will study what the new arc of U.S.-Iran relations means for American foreign policy in the Middle East. Drawing on his unique experiences in Iran, he will examine the possibilities and the challenges of this diplomatic opening.

Mary Louise Schumacher

The art and architecture critic for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Schumacher will study emerging strategies within the fields of architecture and urban design for addressing issues of racial and economic inequity.

Subina Shrestha

(Nepal) A filmmaker and correspondent for Al Jazeera, Shrestha will study international human rights issues, including human trafficking and labor migration, as a lens into how Nepali women and minorities may achieve social and political rights.

Robert Socha

(Poland) Deputy executive producer for TV documentary programs at TVN Poland, Socha will study the transition of linear TV broadcasters to the digital world. He will compare European and U.S. developments in video on demand, virtual reality and video storytelling.

Alisa Sopova

(Ukraine) A freelance producer and reporter for The New York Times in Ukraine, Sopova will study different writing techniques in English, with a focus on American journalistic tradition, style and tools. Sopova is Harvard’s first Ukrainian Nieman Fellow.

Marcela Turati

(Knight Latin American Nieman Fellow, Mexico) An investigative journalist covering the Mexican drug war, Turati will study historic and current examples of systemic violence and its impact on individuals, communities and institutions, with a focus on resilience and the role of the press.

Heidi Vogt

East Africa correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, Vogt will study world religions, particularly the way Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Buddhism adapt to societies with an increasing diversity of faiths.