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Nieman Foundation calls for release of journalist Dorothy Parvaz in Syria

News May 6, 2011

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard is calling for information and assistance in obtaining the release of journalist Dorothy Parvaz, a 2009 Nieman Fellow, who is being held in Syria. Parvaz, who works for Al Jazeera, hasn’t been heard from since she landed in Damascus on assignment on Friday, April 29. Syrian officials have informed the news organization that they are holding her. Read more

Nieman supporter Bill Taylor dies at 78

News May 2, 2011

William Osgood Taylor II, a longtime friend and supporter of the Nieman Foundation, has died in Boston after a lengthy illness. Taylor was the fourth member of his family to run The Boston Globe and oversaw the sale of the paper to The New York Times Co. in 1993. Read more

The Value of the Nieman Experience

News April 16, 2011

Nieman curator Bob Giles writes about “The Value of the Nieman Fellows’ Experience” in the Spring 2011 issue of Nieman Reports. His comments about the 50th anniversary of the South African Nieman Fellowship prompted R.C. Smith, NF ’61, to reflect on his own Nieman year. Read more

Nieman curator weighs in on digital censorship

News March 16, 2011

Nieman curator Bob Giles writes about the difficulties Chinese blogger Michael Anti is having publishing under his preferred name. Anti, a 2008 Nieman Fellow whose government-recorded name is Zhao Jing, has used his pen name professionally for years. That changed quickly in January however, when Facebook cancelled his account without warning and deleted all his contacts, due to a “real name policy.” The Committee to Protect Journalists describes the move as complicit with “China’s growing attempt to stifle the free flow of news and opinion.” Read more

Harvard’s Rev. Peter Gomes dies at 68

News March 3, 2011

Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes, a longtime friend of the Nieman Foundation and host to decades of Nieman classes in his home on campus has died. Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church at Harvard, passed away on Feb. 28 from complications from a stroke. Read more

South African fellowship turns 50

News February 7, 2011

The new challenges of journalism and press freedom in South Africa will be the focus as media leaders gather in Cape Town on Saturday, Feb. 12, to mark the 50th anniversary of the South African Nieman Fellowship. Read more

Nieman’s 2010 Annual Report

News December 22, 2010

The Nieman Foundation’s 2010 annual report is now online. It highlights the many partnerships the foundation has formed in the interest of strengthening journalism worldwide through Nieman fellowships, print and online projects, conferences and the journalism awards we present each year. The theme of the report this year is collaboration. The foundation owes a deep debt of gratitude for the success of Nieman programs to the support we receive from the Harvard faculty and administration, journalism organizations, contributors, funders, alumni and our own talented, dedicated staff. Read more

Nieman Curator Bob Giles to Retire

News October 1, 2010

Bob Giles, curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard for the past decade, will retire at the end of the academic year in June 2011. “It is not easy to leave a great institution and the wonderful people who make it so, but this is a good time for my wife, Nancy, and me to begin a new chapter in our lives,” Giles, 77, said. Read more