Niemans in the News

  1. Journalism’s new funding channel - September 10

    How do you pay for important journalism in an era of diminishing funding and shrinking budgets? Ask 2013 Nieman-Berkman Fellow Laura Amico and her husband Chris, the founders of Homicide Watch D.C. who have successfully turned to Kickstarter to back their work. The couple have developed a new business model for their site and are just two of the many independent journalists now turning to new funding options to stay afloat. On Sept. 9, with pledges from more than 1,000 people, Homicide Watch reached its $40,000 goal to pay for a reporting lab of interns who will keep the site running for the next year.

    Read David Carr’s New York Times article on the Amicos’ work and fundraising efforts »

  2. Former Globe and Mail literary editor William French dies at 86 - September 7

    Although his byline disappeared with his retirement more than 20 years ago, former Globe and Mail literary editor William French is still remembered by former colleagues and literary admirers as a giant of his day - Canada's dominant literary critic during a formative period of the national literature. French, a 1955 Nieman Fellow, died July 24 in Toronto at the age of 86. Read more »

  3. Two Niemans recieve Dart fellowships - September 7

    Kevin Sites, NF '10, and Dianne Solis, NF '90 have been chosen as members of the 2012 class of Ochberg Fellows at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. The Ochberg Fellowships were established in 1999 by the Dart Center for journalists seeking to deepen their coverage of violence, conflict and tragedy, ranging from street crime and family violence to natural disasters, war and genocide. Read more »

  4. AP names Margie Mason as Indonesia bureau chief - August 20

    Margie Mason, an award-winning correspondent for The Associated Press in Southeast Asia, has been promoted to chief of bureau for Indonesia. She will be based in Jakarta, where she will oversee AP’s coverage of the world’s fourth most populous country. Mason is a 2009 Nieman Fellow. Read more »

  5. Bob Giles wins Yankee Quill Award - August 14

    Former Nieman curator Bob Giles, NF ’66, will receive a Yankee Quill Award this fall from the Academy of New England Journalists. The annual award recognizes recipients’ contributions to journalistic excellence and broad influence on New England journalism over time. The selection committee was impressed with Giles’ 11 years as director of the Nieman Foundation, including his oversight of programs such as the Nieman Journalism Lab and Nieman Watchdog and his support of narrative journalism. Learn more »

  6. A new form of global storytelling - August 8

    Maria Balinska, NF’10, is working to transform the way international news is presented to the American audience. As founder and editor of the new start-up Latitude News, she has developed a new way to connect Americans with the world through crowdsourcing, social media and podcasts. Formerly a BBC producer, Balinska is now overseeing monthly podcasts that explore the ways people and communities in the United States are linked with the rest of the world. Learn more »

  7. Blair Kamin wins urban journalism award - August 7

    Blair Kamin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic of the Chicago Tribune, has been chosen as the 2012 winner of Urban Communication Foundation's Gene Burd Urban Journalism Award. He will be honored at the UCF's annual Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication conference in Chicago on August 10. Kamin is a 2013 Nieman Fellow. Read more »

  8. University of Washington adds Katie King to Hall of Fame - July 25

    Katie King — a Nieman Foundation advisory board member and a 1994 Nieman Fellow — will be inducted to the University of Washingon Communication Alumni Hall of Fame Oct. 16. King is a writer, editor, literary translator and digital media executive whose 20 plus-year career includes working as a foreign correspondent, documentary producer, digital story-teller, business leader and journalism professor. Read more »

  9. Kael Alford wins documentary photography award - July 12

    Kael Alford has been named the winner of the 2012 Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography Award. The $5,000 award is presented annually by the New Orleans Photo Alliance to a Gulf Coast photographer whose work “combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a long-term cultural documentary project.” Alford, a 2009 Nieman Fellow, is adjunct assistant professor and 2012-13 visiting artist in photography in the Division of Art at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts. Read more »

  10. Everyday Health names Ju-Don Roberts senior vice president/general manager - July 3

    Ju-Don Roberts, a 2004 Nieman Fellow, has been promoted to general manager and senior vice president of Everyday Health. In her new role, she will oversee the Web, mobile, social, video and product strategies for EverydayHealth.com. Roberts, an award winning journalist and leader in the digital media space, joined the company in July 2011 as vice president and editor in chief, news and audience development. She has been the driving force behind the brand's news strategy and the exponential growth in social media. Read more »

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