Events

  1. 2013 Louis Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism »
    Mar 7, 2013
    Learn more about Marcela Turati, a reporter for the Mexican news magazine, Proceso and winner of the Louis Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism. The Nieman class of 2013 chose to honor Turati for her courageous coverage of the drug war in Mexico and her efforts to protect and train members of the media in a dangerous reporting environment. Learn more »

     


  2. 2012
  3. Out of Eden: The Walk »
    Dec 6, 2012
    Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek discusses plans for his epic journey around the world and a groundbreaking experiment in slow journalism.

    In January 2013, journalist Paul Salopek will start walking out of Africa, following the pathways of the first human migration about 60,000 years ago. Toting a small laptop and a satellite phone in his rucksack, Salopek will report on the major issues of our day — poverty, conflict, climate change, local innovations — from the ground level, living among the people he will cover from Ethiopia to Patagonia.

    After researching the project while on a visiting Nieman Fellowship last spring, Salopek returns to Harvard to talk about the why and the how of this ambitious undertaking and to share how the best of old and new media are merging in this experiment in slow journalism. A worldwide audience is invited to follow the talk — and then “walk along” — via the hashtag #edenwalk and on the project website www.outofedenwalk.com.

    Moderated by Ann Marie Lipinski, curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and Salopek's longtime editor at the Chicago Tribune; with a welcome by Oliver Payne, articles editor at National Geographic.

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  4. Lunch conversation with Jodi Kantor »
    Oct 9, 2012
    COMING INTO HER OWN: Michelle Obama's political transformation, and how it may help sway an election

    A talk with New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor, author of "The Obamas." Co-sponsored by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Harvard Writers at Work Lecture Series, which is organized by the Harvard College Writing Program, the Harvard Extension School Master’s Degree Program in Journalism, the Harvard Review, and the Program in General Education.
  5. Google’s head of news products looks to future »
    May 11, 2012
    Addressing an audience at the Nieman Foundation on May 11, Richard Gingras, the head of news products for Google, discussed the need for constant innovation in journalism. Changes in the news industry aren’t temporary problems that will be fixed and go away, he stressed. Rather, the field will remain in constant flux as disruptive technology dominates and those who wish to thrive must learn how to adapt. Gingras mentioned a number of ways newspapers and journalists can draw attention to their work online and build audience, from spending less time on home page design to regularly updating story pages to keep them relevant over time. He also discussed the need for greater transparency, new reporters’ tools and collaboration with the trusted crowd.

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  6. Global Interests / Local Failures »
    Apr 12, 2012
    Peruvian miners turn rain forest into wastelands. Corruption and mismanagement keep West Africans from clean drinking water. These and other stories were heard from international journalists who are mapping the impact of globalization on people and the planet.

    On Thursday evening, April 12, our panel discussed what it takes for journalists to accurately tell international stories that have economic, scientific, cultural, political and public health impact; and how these complex, global subjects are still being covered well, even as journalism reinvents itself online and via social media.

    This program is part of the Nieman Foundation's collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, D.C.

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  7. 2012 Christopher J. Georges Conference On College Journalism »
    Mar 30, 2012 to Mar 31, 2012
    The Christopher J. Georges Award for Excellence in Student Journalism honors exceptional, in-depth reporting by a student reporter on a policy issue of importance affecting his/her campus, community, or beyond. Judges look for reports that delve beneath the surface of the story and presenting all sides of its complexities with fairness and accuracy. The award is presented during the annual Georges Collegiate Weekend for college journalists, which is co-hosted by the Nieman Foundation and students from The Harvard Crimson.

    The Georges Award aims to encourage and promote the type of journalism Christopher Georges loved best: feature stories that do not simply examine policy making and reform, but explore from a human perspective both the intended and unintended consequences of these policies on the people who are affected by them.
  8. An Evening with Cartoonist and Journalist Joe Sacco »
    Feb 23, 2012
    A presentation and discussion with award-winning cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco. One of the most influential and best-known cartoonists working today, Sacco developed a unique form of journalism that combines on-the-scene reporting with graphic storytelling. His books include "Palestine," "Safe Area Goražde," "The Fixer" and "Footnotes in Gaza."

    In conversation with journalist Chris Hedges, Sacco discussed his work and the challenges and rewards of practicing journalism in an unconventional medium. Sacco and Hedges have worked together in conflict zones overseas and are currently collaborating on a book about poverty in the United States. A Q&A session with the audience followed.

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  9. 2011
  10. Freedom of the Press in Latin America »
    Nov 18, 2011
    Leading Latin American journalists — including past and present Nieman Fellows — gathered at Harvard on Nov. 18 for a one-day conference that took a close look at press freedom in Latin America. The speakers discussed the difficult challenges many journalists face in their countries, including the killings of colleagues, abductions, intimidation, pressure from government officials or from powerful media moguls, and the absence of legal protection and press freedom laws. They also presented innovative solutions to some problems, including how online news magazines can make a difference.

    This event was co-sponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at HKSG, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism.

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  11. Journalism in Eastern Europe: Who controls the media? »
    May 6, 2011
    The end of the Cold War and the collapse of a dozen totalitarian states 20 years ago triggered the emergence of democracy in the region previously known as the Communist bloc. Each country took its own path: Some are now full democracies and part of the European Union, some struggle with fragile democracies and some remain de facto authoritarian regimes.

    The practice of journalism in these evolving states is problematic, especially under continuing authoritarianism. In early May, the Nieman Foundation brought together academics, journalists and media experts to discuss the different paths societies and journalism took in post-communist Eastern Europe. Using the Spring 2011 issue of Nieman Reports, “Shattering Barriers to Reveal Corruption,” as a starting point for discussion, the conference explored control over information, the lack of professionalism in mainstream media, the risks journalists face, the development of experimental networks of independent journalists and the industry of media assistance.

    The goal of the conference was to generate new ideas for media and information policies in Eastern Europe and other post-totalitarian states.

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  12. 2011 Christopher J. Georges Conference On College Journalism »
    Apr 1, 2011 to Apr 2, 2011
    The Christopher J. Georges Award for Excellence in Student Journalism honors exceptional, in-depth reporting by a student reporter on a policy issue of importance affecting his/her campus, community, or beyond. Judges look for reports that delve beneath the surface of the story and presenting all sides of its complexities with fairness and accuracy. The award is presented during the annual Georges Collegiate Weekend for college journalists, which is co-hosted by the Nieman Foundation and students from The Harvard Crimson.

    The Georges Award aims to encourage and promote the type of journalism Christopher Georges loved best: feature stories that do not simply examine policy making and reform, but explore from a human perspective both the intended and unintended consequences of these policies on the people who are affected by them.
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