Nieman Foundation News News from the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard en-us Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:58:35 GMT Giannina Segnini, NF ’02, wins Cabot Prize Giannina Segnini, a leading investigative journalist and a 2002 Nieman Fellow, has been selected as one of the 2014 winners of the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes by Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. The prizes honor outstanding reporting on Latin America and the Caribbean.<br /> <br /> Until recently, Segnini was editor of the investigative unit at La Naci&oacute;n, Costa Rica's most influential newspaper. Her reporting on corruption and bribery scandals led to the arrest of two former Costa Rican presidents. <br /> <br /> Segnini also pioneered database investigations and has taught investigative skills and computer-assisted reporting to hundreds of journalists. She is currently the James Madison Visiting Assistant Professor at Columbia Journalism School.<br /> <br /> <a href="">Learn more</a><br /> <br /> <a href="">En Espa&ntilde;ol</a> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:58:35 GMT /inthenewsitem.aspx?id=100368|100368 William McIlwain Jr., NF ’58, editor, novelist, dies at 88 William F. McIlwain Jr., NF &rsquo;58, a longtime newspaper editor and novelist has died in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at the age of 88.<br /> <br /> Over the course of a journalism career that spanned 50 years, McIlwain worked as a top editor at a number of papers including Newsday; the Toronto Star; the Boston Herald-American, where he started the paper&rsquo;s investigative reporting team; the Arkansas Democrat Gazette in Little Rock and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida, among others. He also contributed to Esquire, The Atlantic and Harper&rsquo;s. <br /> <br /> <a href="">Learn more</a> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:59:46 GMT /inthenewsitem.aspx?id=100367|100367 Nieman announces named fellowships for the class of 2015 The Nieman Foundation today announced all named fellowships for the Nieman <a href="">class of 2015</a>. These fellowships are supported by foundation grants and endowed funds that provide financial assistance to journalists from the United States and abroad. <a href="">Read more&nbsp;&raquo;</a> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:24:49 GMT /newsitem.aspx?id=100266|100266 Cinema vérité pioneer Robert L. Drew, NF ’55, dies at 90 Robert L. Drew, NF &rsquo;55, an award-winning innovator in broadcast journalism whose documentaries about John F. Kennedy helped define the cin&eacute;ma v&eacute;rit&eacute; style of filmmaking, <a href="" target="_blank">died on Wednesday</a> at his home in Connecticut. He was 90.<br /> <br /> Before his Nieman Fellowship in 1954-55, Drew was an editor at Life magazine who had created a number of television documentaries for NBC. With his production company, Drew Associates, he created more than a 100 films and television documentaries during his lifetime.<br /> <br /> <a href="">Read more&nbsp;&raquo;</a> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:18:36 GMT|100366 NPR’s Margot Adler, NF ’82: Building Community with Kindness <div style="width:375px; margin:auto; display:block;"><img alt="" style="width:375px;" src="/assets/Image/content/niemannews/Margot-at-the-reunion.png" /></div> <div style="display:block; font-size:.85em;margin-bottom:15px;width:375px; margin-right:auto; margin-left:auto;">Left to right &ndash; Margot Adler with her NPR colleagues Howard Berkes, Marilyn Geewax, Sylvia Poggioli, Walter Watson and Jonathan Blakley at the Nieman Foundation&rsquo;s 75th anniversary reunion in September 2013.</div> <span style="font-size:1.2em;line-height:1.5em;"><em>Marilyn Geewax, senior business editor for NPR and NF &rsquo;95, remembers her colleague Margot Adler.</em></span><br /> <br /> NPR reporter Margot Adler has died in New York following a long battle with cancer. A member of the Nieman Class of 1982, she was a recognizable voice on NPR&rsquo;s airwaves for more than three decades, covering stories as wide ranging as the AIDS epidemic, confrontations involving the Ku Klux Klan and the terrorist attacks of 9/11. <ul> <li>Read tributes from NPR&rsquo;s <a href="">Marilyn Geewax, NF &rsquo;95</a>; &nbsp;NPR&rsquo;s <a href="">Howard Berkes, NF '98</a>; and Margot&rsquo;s Nieman classmate <a href="">Gerald B. Jordan, NF &rsquo;82</a></li> <li>Learn more about Adler's <a target="_blank" href=";;utm_medium=social">life and legacy at NPR</a>.</li> <li>Margot Adler recently released &ldquo;<a target="_blank" href="">Vampires Are Us: Understanding Our Love Affair with the Immortal Dark Side</a>,&quot; a meditation on society's fascination with vampires, about which she wrote in <a href="">Heart of Darkness</a>, from the Spring 2014 issue of Nieman Reports.</li> </ul> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:55:32 GMT /inthenewsitem.aspx?id=100365|100365 It’s time to apply for a visiting Nieman Fellowship The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard wants to hear your idea for making journalism better. Apply for a visiting fellowship spend up to 12 weeks brainstorming with experts on campus and our innovative Nieman Fellows. Journalists and those interested in helping the news industry welcome to apply. Applications are due by Friday, Aug. 29.<br /> <br /> <a href="">Learn more&nbsp;&raquo;</a> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:35:17 GMT|100265 John Seigenthaler, NF '59, former editor of The Tennessean, dies at 86 John Seigenthaler, NF &rsquo;59, a legendary Tennessee journalist and staunch advocate for racial equality and the First Amendment, died July 11 at his home in Nashville. He was 86.<br /> <br /> Seigenthaler started his journalism career as a cub reporter at The (Nashville) Tennessean in 1949. He investigated corruption in the Teamsters union and reported on the Ku Klux Klan&rsquo;s illegal activities. <br /> <br /> He worked for civil rights during President John F. Kennedy&rsquo;s administration, serving as the chief negotiator with the governor of Alabama during the 1961 Freedom Rides.<br /> <br /> The following year he was named editor of The Tennessean at the age of 34. In 1982 he became the first editorial page editor of USA Today, continuing in both jobs until he retired as publisher, chairman and CEO of The Tennessean and from USA Today in 1991. That was the year he founded the First Amendment Center, an educational organization. <br /> <br /> In 2005, after a false accusation about him was posted on Wikipedia, Seigenthaler fought to hold the organization accountable for what it publishes. Wikipedia altered its practices to address some of the issues he raised. <br /> <br /> <a href="">Bill Kovach remembers John Seigenthaler</a><br /> <br /> <a href="/assets/Image/Nieman%20Reports/Archives/JohnSeigenthaler-NewsJunkieInterviewsHimselfOnEthics.pdf">Seigenthaler on Ethics</a>, in Nieman Reports Summer 1994 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:05:09 GMT /newsitem.aspx?id=100264|100264 2015 Nieman-Berkman Fellows named The Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Berkman Center for Internet &amp; Society have selected two journalists as the 2014-2015 <a href="">Nieman-Berkman Fellows in Journalism Innovation</a>. The fellowship is a collaboration between the two organizations designed to generate new ideas to advance quality journalism in the digital age. <br /> <br /> <strong>Maggie Koerth-Baker</strong>, a freelance science journalist, columnist for <a href=";_type=blogs&amp;module=Search&amp;mabReward=relbias%3Ar&amp;_r=0">The New York Times Magazine</a> and science editor at <a href=""></a>, will study the process, history and ethics of medical development and human testing, with a particular focus on the flu vaccine.<br /> <br /> <strong>Miguel Paz Rueda</strong>, a Chilean journalist, former Knight ICFJ Fellow and president of the <a href="">Poderomedia Foundation</a>, an organization that fosters transparency and digital innovation in Latin American news organizations, will study new data visualization models, innovative news startups, and civic media approaches to building quality sustainable journalism models. <br /> <br /> Learn more about <a href="">Maggie Koerth-Baker and Miguel Paz Rueda</a>&raquo;<br /> <br /> Read about all of the <a href="">Berkman Center&rsquo;s new fellows</a>&raquo;<br /> <br /> Learn more about the <a href="">Nieman-Berkman Fellowship in Journalism Innovation</a>&raquo; Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:28:04 GMT /newsitem.aspx?id=100263|100263