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NYT Reporter Sam Dolnick Receives 2012 Worth Bingham Prize

News March 19, 2013

New York Times reporter Sam Dolnick has won the 2012 Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism for his three-part series Unlocked: Inside New Jersey’s Halfway Houses. During an exhaustive 10-month investigation of New Jersey’s privately run halfway houses, Dolnick discovered a broken and horribly flawed correctional system in which gang activity, drug use, sexual assaults and other violent behavior were commonplace and where lax security led to hundreds of annual escapes. While at large, some fugitives committed violent crimes, including murder, yet the state failed to punish the halfway house operators responsible for the runaways. Read more

Assessing the value of criticism

News February 28, 2013

Critical Condition: Why Professional Criticism Matters in the Winter 2013 issue of Nieman Reports, examines how professional criticism can not only survive but thrive in the age of user reviews. As Nieman deputy curator James Geary points out in his introduction, “criticism’s condition is critical—to informing and inspiring the public and to keeping our cultural conversations alive.” Read more

Nieman Lab launches weekly Press Publish podcasts

News January 10, 2013

The Nieman Journalism Lab has launched a new weekly podcast series, Press Publish, that will feature conversations with the people who are shaping the future of news. The project kicks off with Dan Sinker and Erin Kissane of Source, a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project, discussing how they built a gathering place for news developers. In coming weeks, look for episodes with journalists, technologists, business managers, entrepreneurs and academics as they discuss their ideas and projects. Read more

Nieman’s 2012 Year in Review

News December 20, 2012

The Nieman Foundation’s 2012 Annual Report is now online. It examines the many events and changes that took place during the past year including news about programming developments and collaborative projects; updates on Nieman publications and fellowships; a review of 2012 journalism awards; and more. Read more

Nieman announces 2013 Visiting Fellows

News December 18, 2012

The Nieman Foundation has selected three journalists as Visiting Fellows for the 2013 calendar year. Each will spend a period of time at Harvard University to work on a project designed to enhance journalism in some unique way. The 2013 visiting fellows are Hong Qu, a UX designer; Kate Smith, a lecturer in journalism at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland; and Daniel Eilemberg, the founder and editor-in-chief of Animal Político, a political website in Mexico. Read more

Journalist James Geary named deputy curator at Nieman Foundation

News December 6, 2012

Editor and author James Geary, a 2012 Nieman Fellow, has been selected as the deputy curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism. In this position he will serve as editor of Nieman Reports, oversee other Nieman print and online publications and manage a range of duties related to the Nieman Fellowship program and the foundation’s journalism outreach efforts. Read more

John Harwood, NF ’90, named Nieman board chair

News November 28, 2012

John Harwood, chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and a political writer for The New York Times, has been tapped to lead the Nieman Foundation’s Advisory Board. A Nieman Fellow in the class of 1990, he has served on the board since 2006. Read more

Nieman announces new Visiting Fellowship

News October 21, 2012

The Nieman Foundation is offering an exciting new research and study opportunity at Harvard: a short-term Visiting Fellowship for individuals wishing to work on special projects designed to advance journalism. Those who should consider applying include publishers, programmers, Web designers, media analysts, academics, journalists and others interested in enhancing quality, building new business models or designing programs to improve journalism. Successful applicants will be invited to the Nieman Foundation for a period ranging from a few weeks to several months, depending on the scope of the project. Read more

A new way forward for Journalism

News October 17, 2012

Be the disruptor. That’s the clear message in the cover story for the new Fall issue of Nieman Reports in which renowned Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen, Canadian journalist David Skok, NF ’12, and Harvard Business Review contributor James Allworth apply Christensen’s theory of disruptive innovation to the news industry. By examining why and how successful businesses are undermined by start-ups, they tackle the issue so many news executives have tried to better understand: how to find viable revenue streams for journalism and alter outdated operational strategies for continued success. Read more

New direction for the Nieman Watchdog Project

News August 20, 2012

The Nieman Watchdog Project was launched in 1996, animated by a singular goal: to examine and invigorate journalism in its fundamental role of serving the public interest. The Watchdog Project—funded by 1950 Nieman Fellow Murrey Marder, a former diplomatic correspondent for The Washington Post—has been an important and enduring feature of Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism, and one that has evolved to address emerging issues in accountability journalism. Read more