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Photojournalists Karim Ben Khelifa, NF ’13; Greg Marinovich, NF’ 14; 2014 Morris lecturer Tyler Hicks; Gary Knight, NF ’10; Stan Grossfeld, NF ’92; James Nachtwey

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 from across the country spoke with Jill Abramson at the 2015 Georges Conference

College journalists from across the country spoke with Jill Abramson at the 2015 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 2014-2015 academic year, honorees included Turkish journalist and writer Hasan Cemal, who received the Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism in recognition of a long career dedicated to championing freedom of the press in Turkey and as a representative of all Turkish journalists working  under difficult conditions; The Miami Herald, winner of the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism for its “Innocents Lost” series, which examined the deaths of hundreds of children over a six year period in Florida; and Tyler Hicks, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for The New York Times, who discussed his work in conflict zones around the word and the risks facing journalists on the front lines during the 2014 Joe Alex Morris Jr. Memorial Lecture.

Other award winners were filmmaker Laura Poitras, who was selected for the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence and Democracy Now! co-host Amy Goodman, who received the I.F. Stone Lifetime Achievement Award ; the Chicago Tribune, winner of the Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers for “Red Light Cameras,” a comprehensive series that exposed the corruption and mismanagement of a traffic-monitoring program that collected hundreds of millions of dollars from unsuspecting motorists in Chicago over ten years; and Lukas Prize Project Awards recipients Jenny Nordberg, author of “The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan,” Harold Holzer, author of “Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion,” and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Dan Egan, who is working on “Liquid Desert: Life and Death of the Great Lakes.”

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 took place in May 2015 when 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.