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2016 Joe Alex Morris Jr. lecturer Kathleen Carroll

Awards & Conferences

The Nieman Foundation presents annual journalism awards to news organizations and journalists who have produced exceptional work in several categories. By honoring journalistic excellence, the foundation aims to draw attention to innovative research, reporting and storytelling and share the lessons learned from in-depth – sometimes risky – reporting projects.

College journalists participate in a workshop led by 2017 Nieman Fellow Katherine Goldstein during the 2017 Georges Conference

College journalists participate in a workshop led by 2017 Nieman Fellow Katherine Goldstein during the 2017 Georges Conference

Each year, Nieman award recipients join a long list of previous winners who have produced groundbreaking work in print, on air and online.

During the 2016-2017 academic year, honorees included reporter, editor, columnist and author Lewis W. Diuguid, who received the Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism in recognition of his commitment to excellence in journalism as well as his work as a newsroom leader and role model for young journalists; the Chicago Tribune, winner of the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism for its “Suffering in Secret” series that uncovered abuse and neglect of disabled adults inside Illinois’ taxpayer-funded group homes, which led to important reforms; and Kathleen Carroll, executive editor and senior vice president of The Associated Press, who discussed the importance of international reporting during the 2016 Joe Alex Morris Jr. Memorial Lecture.

Other award winners were journalist and author Victor S. Navasky, who was selected for the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence; The Oregonian/OregonLive, winner of the Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers for “Toxic Armories,” a series that revealed that hundreds of National Guard armories across the United States have been contaminated by dangerous amounts of lead dust from indoor gun ranges; and the Lukas Prize Project Awards recipients: Gary Younge, winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for “Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives,” Tyler Anbinder, winner of the Mark Lynton History Prize for “City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York” and Christopher Leonard, winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award for “Kochland.”

In addition to presenting annual journalism awards, the Nieman Foundation regularly organizes conferences for journalists based around a central theme. The most recent of these was “Covering Housing: A Workshop for Journalists,” in March 2017, a three-day conference that brought a diverse group of reporters, academics, researchers and practitioners together to help journalists expand their thinking around housing issues and how they intersect with all beats. In September 2016, the Nieman Foundation organized and hosted “Power: Accountability and Abuse,” a two-day celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes that featured Pulitzer-winning performances and discussions centered on excellence in journalism and the arts. In May 2015, the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and the Nieman Foundation co-hosted a conference in Chicago for journalists reporting on the 2016 presidential election. Nieman also hosts the Christopher J. Georges Conference on College Journalism for student journalists each spring.