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Nieman Foundation announces Class of 2012

News May 25, 2011

The Nieman Foundation has selected 24 journalists from the United States and abroad to become the 74th class of Nieman Fellows. Announcing the class, Nieman Foundation curator Bob Giles said “The class of 2012 includes journalists who have reported from around the globe on an extraordinarily wide range of topics and, in many cases, under dangerous circumstances. They will bring diverse interests and experiences that will enrich one another and the Harvard community. This new class of fellows holds great promise for leadership and advancing the practice of serious journalism in difficult times.” Read more

Nieman Journalism Lab launches Encyclo

News May 18, 2011

The Nieman Journalism Lab has created a new digital encyclopedia that includes entries on all the key players and issues affecting the future of news today. Encyclo is an online resource for those interested in learning more about the organizations shaping journalism’s rapid, sometimes tumultuous evolution. Read more

James H. McCartney dies at 85

Nieman Notes May 11, 2011

James H. McCartney, an award-winning Washington correspondent and columnist who specialized in foreign affairs and defense policy for the Knight Ridder newspaper chain, died Friday, May 6, at the age of 85. In 33 years as a Washington journalist, McCartney wrote extensively about nuclear weapons policy, the Israeli-Arab conflict and the Vietnam War, among other issues. He was a 1964 Nieman Fellow. Read more

Dorothy Parvaz, NF 09, reportedly detained in Iran

Nieman Notes May 11, 2011

Journalist Dorothy Parvaz, NF ’09, who has been missing since the end of April, is reportedly now in Iranian custody. Parvaz was detained by Syrian officials in Damascus on April 29 while on assignment for her employer, Al Jazeera. She has not been heard from since. Syria issued a statement saying Parvaz was deported to Iran on May 1, but Iranian officials have not yet confirmed that report. Parvaz is a citizen of Iran, Canada and the United States. Read more

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

Dorothy Parvaz, NF ’09, detained in Syria

Nieman Notes May 2, 2011

Journalist Dorothy Parvaz, a 2009 Nieman Fellow who works for Al Jazeera, has been detained in Syria. No one has heard from her since she landed in Damascus on a flight from Doha, Qatar, on Friday, April 29, but Syrian officials have informed Al Jazeera 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