Special Edition of Nieman Reports Provides Practical Guidance for Reporting on Science, the Environment, Health and Medicine

November 18, 2003

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Nov. 18, 2003) — A special edition of Nieman Reports featuring practical and reflective guidance from 84 leading journalists and scholars who study or report on science, the environment, health and medicine has been published by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

Nieman Reports is the nation's oldest magazine devoted to a critical examination of the practice of journalism and is published quarterly.

A grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation provided the resources to print more than 10,000 copies and distribute them to nearly 8,000 journalists who report on these topics as well as to 105 accredited college journalism programs and departments. Faculty members will be able to order additional copies for use in their classrooms.

The magazine will be sent to every U.S. member of the National Association of Science Writers, Society of Environmental Journalists, Association of Health Care Journalists and the American Medical Writers Association. Foreign members of these organizations, as well as others interested in this special edition, can order a copy by contacting Elizabeth W. Son at the phone number above or at

Each article originally appeared in one of four consecutive issues of Nieman Reports. The science articles were published in the Fall 2002 issue; reporting on the environment appeared in the Winter 2002 issue; health reporting was part of our Spring 2003 issue and medical reporting was in our Summer 2003 issue. These issues are available in PDF format on the foundation's Web site.

"The decision to make this unique collection of articles reflects the mission of the Nieman Foundation 'to promote and elevate the standards of journalism,' '"said Melissa Ludtke, editor of Nieman Reports. "Our hope and intent is that these journalists' experiences and insights will become a valued training tool in both newsrooms and classrooms as journalists work to improve their coverage of this broad range of critical topics."

The Nieman Foundation administers the nation's oldest midcareer fellowship program for journalists. Each year 12 American and 12 international journalists come to Harvard University for a year of academic study. Since 1938 more than 1,000 American and international journalists have studied at Harvard as part of the fellowship program.

In addition to the fellowships and publishing Nieman Reports, the Nieman Foundation is also the home of the Program on Narrative Journalism and the Nieman Watchdog Journalism Project to encourage reporters and editors to monitor and hold accountable those who exert power in all aspects of public life.