Reynolds Fellowship in Community Journalism
A Partner in Business and Community Journalism
Recognizing the importance of certain types of journalism today, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
funds the Donald W. Reynolds Nieman Fellowship in Community Journalism and the Donald W. Reynolds Nieman Fellowship in Business Journalism.
The Donald W. Reynolds Nieman Fellowship in Community Journalism
is offered to journalists who work at U.S. newspapers with circulations under 50,000. The fellowship is also open to journalists doing online work for community newspapers or journalists who have established independent local news websites in communities where the circulation of the local newspaper under
The Nieman Foundation awards the fellowship to journalists of accomplishment and promise who are committed to the role of the community press. These journalists increase the visibility and perceived value of community journalism both during and after their Nieman year.
Fellows spend their time at Harvard building a network of professional contacts and receiving specialized training designed to help them do more compelling and valuable journalism for their local communities.
The 2012 Donald W. Reynolds Nieman Fellow in Community Journalism is David Joyner, vice president of content for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., of Montgomery, Ala. Joyner works with editors and reporters at newspapers and news websites serving 150 communities in 23 states. He is a veteran editor, having led the news staffs of community newspapers in Massachusetts including The Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, The Salem News and the Gloucester Daily Times. Previously he was projects editor for four Massachusetts dailies and reported for newspapers in Massachusetts, Georgia and Alabama, as well as news organizations in Washington, D.C.
Annmarie Timmins, a reporter for the Concord Monitor in Concord, N.H., was the 2011 Donald W. Reynolds Nieman Fellow in Community Journalism. At Harvard, she explored the effects of specialized mental health courts and prison policies on offenders with mental health problems. Timmins article, Trying to Make a Difference
, in the Winter 2011 issue of Nieman Reports looks at the "Desperate Acts, Violent Endings
" series she produced for her paper, which outlined ways to prevent deaths when police respond to 911 calls involving the mentally ill.
The Reynolds Foundation has committed to sponsoring the Nieman business and community journalism fellowships through 2015.
The Reynolds Foundation is a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, it is one of the 50 largest private foundations in the United States and has invested more than $100 million in its National Journalism Initiative.