Niemans in the News

  1. Brent Walth Joins WW as News Editor - April 15

    Brent Walth, an award-winning investigative reporter for The Oregonian, has been hired to be managing news editor for Willamette (Portland, Ore.) Week. Walth is a 2006 Nieman Fellow.


  2. Nieman Fellows examine Latin American journalism - April 8

    Several Nieman Fellows contributed to the latest issue of ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, published by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. The new magazine focuses on “Journalism of the Americas” and features articles by Mónica Almeida NF ’09, Rosental Alves NF ’88, Alfredo Corchado NF ’09, Bob Giles NF ’66, Juanita León NF ’07, Graciela Mochkofsky NF ’09 and Raúl Peñaranda U. NF ’08. Read more »

  3. Defending Freedom of the Press - April 6

    Documentary filmmaker Michael Kirk, NF ’80, who produced 60 Frontline investigations and won two Peabody awards, was selected to receive the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s First Amendment Award at its conference in August. Former New York Times columnist and two-time Pulitzer winner Anthony Lewis, NF ’57, will be given the Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award from the Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University in Boston this month.

  4. Ah, To Be a Fellow Again! - April 1

    Mary C. Curtis, NF ’06, is one of the 24 inaugural social media fellows chosen by the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism. Nearly 600 journalists applied for this three-month fellowship. It includes a week of strategic hands-on training and exploration of emerging news models before coaching begins on social media projects of their choice. Based in Charlotte, N.C., Curtis is a correspondent for AOL’s and contributes to National Public Radio, and Nieman Watchdog.

  5. Headliner Awards honor several Nieman alumni - March 30

    Four Nieman alumni were among the many journalists recognized by the National Press Club's 2011 Headliner Awards: Kevin Cullen (NF ’03), James E. Causey (NF ’08), Stuart Watson (NF ’08), and John Harwood (NF ’90). The National Headliner Awards program is one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry. Read more about each alumn's specific achievement »

  6. AHCJ honors Tony Bartelme - March 23

    Tony Bartelme, a 2011 Nieman Fellow, was among the winners of the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. Bartelme, projects reporter, The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier, received the third place award in Community News for "One Brain at a Time." The 2010 awards, announced by the Association of Health Care Journalists, recognize the best health reporting in nine categories covering print, broadcast and online media.

  7. Bringing Foreign News Home - March 22

    Maria Balinska, NF ’10, received a $20,000 grant from the International Women’s Media Foundation to launch an online international news service. In Nieman Reports she wrote about why she was leaving her long-held job as editor of World Current Affairs Radio at the BBC to take on the risky role of a digital entrepreneur. In foreign reporting, she said, “It’s past time to expand its focus [beyond governmental priorities]—to welcome the grass-roots perspectives of ordinary people.”

  8. Nieman Fellow Philippa Thomas discovers the power of the blog - March 16

    When BBC journalist and 2011 Nieman Fellow Philippa Thomas wrote recently about a talk given by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P.J. Crowley at MIT, little did she know that her blog post would have far-reaching results. Her report on Crowley’s surprisingly candid comments about the treatment of alleged WikiLeaks whistleblower U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning ultimately led to Crowley’s resignation. As Thomas writes, “This was a story that started online and only subsequently spread to traditional media outlets.”

  9. Andrew Sussman, NF ’01, is named executive producer of “The World” - March 16

    Andrew Sussman assumes the job of executive producer after many years as senior program producer of “The World.” Anchored by Lisa Mullins, NF ’10, the weekday, one-hour radio show opens a global window on current events by examining the forces shaping them. Reporter Jeb Sharp, NF ’06, hosts its history podcast, “How We Got Here,” and correspondents Laura Lynch, NF ’99, and Mary Kay Magistad, NF ’00, currently reporting from the Middle East and Japan, respectively.

  10. Tim Giago retires from the newsroom - March 9

    Tim Giago, Editor/Publisher of Native Sun News will put down his pen and retire from the newsroom April 1, three years to the day after he launched this “last and final newspaper.” He will remain on the newspapers masthead as Editor Emeritus. Giago is a 1991 fellow.

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