Niemans in the News

  1. 2014
  2. IWMF announces photojournalism award to honor Anja Niedringhaus, NF ’07 - April 16

    The International Women’s Media Foundation has announced the creation of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award honoring the courage and dedication of the Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer and 2007 Nieman Fellow who was shot and killed while covering the run-up to elections in Afghanistan on April 4.

    Established with a $1 million endowment gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the award will be given annually to a woman photojournalist whose work follows in Anja’s footsteps.

    Niedringhaus won the IWMF Courage in Journalism Award in 2005. Her Nieman Fellowship was funded by Howard Buffett, a photographer himself, who commented, “I considered Anja a friend who represented the best of photojournalism. By creating this award, we ensure her spirit lives on. Anja’s voice may be silenced but our hope is that other voices who share her commitment become louder.”

  3. Niemans on Boston Globe team that wins Pulitzer for breaking news coverage - April 15

    Among The Boston Globe staffers who shared the Pulitzer Prize are Nieman Fellows (from left) David Dahl, David Abel, Mark Pothier, Christine Chinlund and Stephen Smith.
    The staff of The Boston Globe, including several Nieman Fellows, has won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. Reporter David Abel, NF ’13, and columnist Kevin Cullen, NF ’03, were among those who covered the bombings and their aftermath. The Globe’s managing editor for news, Christine Chinlund, NF ’98, played a key role in organizing coverage, assisted by Stephen Smith, NF ’00, city editor. David Dahl, NF ’03, was regional editor and Mark Pothier, NF ’01, was deputy business editor at the time.

    The Pulitzer board recognized The Globe’s reporting “for its exhaustive and empathetic coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt that enveloped the city, using photography and a range of digital tools to capture the full impact of the tragedy.” The Pulitzer was announced just one day before the first anniversary of the marathon bombings.

    As a Globe columnist, Cullen, at left, was also named a Pulitzer finalist for commentary for his “street-wise local columns that capture the spirit of a city, especially after its famed Marathon was devastated by terrorist bombings.”

  4. Souad Mekhennet, NF ’13, named Young Global Leader - March 11

    Souad Mekhennet, a 2013 Nieman Fellow, has been selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Mekhennet is a German journalist, author, and associate at the Weatherhead Center at Harvard and at the School for Advanced and International Studied at Johns Hopkins University. She writes for The Daily Beast  and is co-author with Nicholas Kulish of The Eternal Nazi: From Mauthausen to Cairo, the Relentless Pursuit of SS Doctor Aribert Heim, which will be released on March 25.

    A total of 214 men and women from 66 countries have been chosen for the Global Leaders honor, which recognizes leadership and service to society.

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    Read Mekhennet’s “What I've learned as a female war reporter” »

  5. Edward Walsh, former Washington Post and Oregonian reporter, dies at 71 - February 18

    Edward Walsh, who covered politics for The Washington Post and The Oregonian, died on Feb. 14 at the age of 71. A Nieman Fellow in the class of 1982, Walsh began his career covering Maryland politics for The Post in 1971. He later served as White House correspondent during the Carter administration and as Jerusalem bureau chief from 1982 to 1985. After returning from Israel, he reported on every presidential election until he left The Post in 2004. Walsh then took a job as a political reporter at The Oregonian, where he worked until he retired in 2009. Learn more »

  6. 2013 Nieman Fellows receive Knight grants for new projects - January 22

    Five members of the Nieman class of 2013 have received funding through the Knight Prototype Fund to develop two innovative media projects

    The first, Keepr, is an open source data-mining tool designed by 2013 Visiting Fellow Hong Qu to help journalists find credible information and news sources when tracking breaking news stories on Twitter.

    Hong, who came to Harvard to develop plans for the app last spring, wrote two related pieces for Nieman Reports during the search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects including Twitter, Credibility and The Watertown Manhunt and Social Media and the Boston Bombings. Keepr was put to the test at that time as Hong used it to identify reliable information as events unfolded. On campus, he worked on perfecting an algorithm that can filter thousands of tweets to automatically distill meaningful signals out of noisy chatter.

    The second Knight-funded project is !nstant, a mobile app designed to verify and provide context to breaking news to provide a more accurate picture of news stories as they are reported on social media. 2013 Nieman Fellows Ludovic Blecher, Borja Echevarría de la Gándara, Alexandra Garcia and Paula Molina developed the idea in Ethan Zuckerman’s “News and Participatory Media” class at MIT. Their user experience prototype showed what live reporting would have looked like during the sinking of the Titanic.

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  7. 2013
  8. Update: Paul Salopek, NF ’12, and his trek across the globe - November 27

    2012 Nieman Visiting Fellow Paul Salopek and his epic 21,000-mile walk around the world are the focus of National Geographic’s December 2013 cover story. In To Walk the World, the first in a series, Salopek writes “Walking is falling forward. Each step we take is an arrested plunge, a collapse averted, a disaster braked. In this way, to walk becomes an act of faith. We perform it daily: a two-beat miracle—an iambic teetering, a holding on and letting go. For the next seven years I will plummet across the world.”

    During his “Out of Eden” journey, Salopek is traveling from Ethiopia to Tierra del Fuego by foot, tracing the ancient paths of human migration and telling the stories of the world along the way.

  9. David Skok, NF ’12, new digital adviser to Boston Globe editor - November 26

    David Skok, NF ’12 and director of, is joining The Boston Globe as digital adviser to the editor. In a memo sent to staff on Nov. 26, Globe editor Brian McGrory said “David will play a key role in our upcoming push to further define our two brands — as a broader, more ambitious site that better reflects the creative journalism of the Globe, and a redesigned as a sharper, edgier site with a strong news spine.”

    In 2009, Skok helped launch, the online portal for one of Canada’s largest broadcast news companies, and helped it achieve triple-digit annual growth in page views, unique visitors and video views. He has pioneered innovative ways of telling stories, utilizing open data, data visualization, video interactives and social media. Skok was the first Canadian digital journalist to be selected as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He is a frequent commentator on the future of media and journalism.

    Together with Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen, Skok co-authored the seminal Nieman Reports article “Breaking News: Mastering the art of disruptive innovation in journalism in 2012 »

    Watch Skok and Christensen discuss their work with Nieman curator Ann Marie Lipinski »

  10. Giannina Segnini, NF ’02, receives Gabriel García Márquez Award - November 21

    Costa Rican journalist Giannina Segnini, NF ’02, has won the 2013 Recognition of Journalistic Excellence Award, presented by the governing council of the Gabriel García Marquez Journalism Awards. Founder and editor of the investigative unit at the Costa Rican daily La Nación and a database journalism pioneer, Segnini has focused on exposing corruption and abuse of power, including reporting that led to the downfall and imprisonment of two Costa Rican ex-presidents.

    The Garcia Márquez board of governors recognized Segnini for elevating the standards of journalism as a public service; investigations that have had a large impact on the public life of her country; and for her exemplary investigative work that has become a benchmark for professional excellence for journalism in Latin America.

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  11. Two Niemans Named Dart Center Ochberg Fellows - November 19

    Two recent Nieman Fellows have been awarded Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Maggie Jones, NF ’12, a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and Finbarr O’Reilly, NF ’13, a Reuters staff photographer based in West Africa, will join 10 other journalists to deepen their reporting of violence, conflict and tragedy. Jones writes about social issues including immigration, poverty, race, gender, education and families. O’Reilly has covered conflict and social issues in Africa and was profiled in “Under Fire: Journalists in Combat,” a documentary about the psychological toll of covering war.

    Journalists in the Dart program attend seminars with leading experts in trauma science and journalism practice. The fellowship honors Frank Ochberg, M.D., chairman emeritus of the Dart Center and a close associate of the Nieman Foundation. The Nieman-Dart Collaboration has produced a number of events to help Nieman Fellows and alumni better understand emotional trauma on the job and trauma journalism, including ways to recognize and cope with acute stress and PTSD.

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  12. 2010 Fellows collaborate on new e-book - November 6

    2010 Nieman Fellows Jeff Howe and Gary Knight have teamed up to produce “Murder on the Mekong,” a new Atavist e-book that takes a close look at a series of mysterious murders in the Golden Triangle in 2011. With reporting by Howe and photos by Knight, the e-book examines the killings of 13 Chinese merchant mariners on the Mekong River in October 2011. Chinese officials were quick to blame a river pirate for the crimes – a man viewed alternately as a local Robin Hood and terrorist. With a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Howe traveled to the scene of the crime to try to determine what happened and why the story captured the attention of so many in East Asia. Learn more »

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