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Nieman journalism award winners Jason Grotto, Charles Lewis, Audra D.S. Burch, Carol Marbin Miller and panel moderator Michael Rezendes Lisa Abitbol

Awards & Conferences

The Nieman Foundation presents annual journalism awards to news organizations and journalists who have produced exceptional work in several categories. In honoring journalistic excellence, the foundation helps draw attention to innovative research, reporting and storytelling and share the lessons learned from in-depth reporting projects.

College journalists participate in a workshop led by 2018 Nieman Fellow Matthew Karolian during the 2018 Georges Conference

College journalists participate in a workshop led by 2018 Nieman Fellow Matthew Karolian during the 2018 Georges Conference

Each year, Nieman award recipients join a long list of previous winners who have produced groundbreaking work in print, on air and online.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, honorees included Novaya Gazeta reporter Elena Milashina, who received the Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism in recognition of her groundbreaking investigative reporting on human rights abuses in Russia; The Miami Heraldwinner of the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism for its “Fight Club” series that exposed serious problems and abuse in Florida’s juvenile justice system  and led to important reforms; and photojournalist Lynsey Addario, who discussed her work covering important news and feature stories around the globe during the 2018 Joe Alex Morris Jr. Memorial Lecture.

Other award winners were pioneering investigative reporter and author Charles Lewis, who was selected for the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence;  “The Tax Divide,” a series by reporter Jason Grotto published by the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Illinois that exposed an unfair property tax assessment system in Cook County, Illinois; and recipients of the Lukas Prize Project Awards: Amy Goldstein, winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for “Janesville: An American Story,” Stephen Kotkin, winner of the Mark Lynton History Prize for “Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941,” and the two winners of the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, Chris Hamby for “Soul Full of Coal Dust: The True Story of an Epic Battle for Justice” and Rachel Louise Snyder for “No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Violence Can Kill Us.”

In addition to presenting annual journalism awards, the Nieman Foundation regularly organizes conferences for journalists based around a central theme. The most recent of these was “Covering Nuclear Issues: A Workshop for Journalists” in March 2018, a three-day conference that brought a diverse group of reporters, academics, researchers and practitioners together to help journalists deepen their reporting skills and expand their thinking around nuclear issues. In March 2017, the Nieman Foundation presented another workshop for journalists, “Covering Housing.

In September 2016, Nieman organized and hosted “Power: Accountability and Abuse,” a two-day celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes that featured Pulitzer-winning performances and discussions centered on excellence in journalism and the arts.

In May 2015, the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and the Nieman Foundation co-hosted “Covering Campaigns,” a conference in Chicago for journalists reporting on the 2016 presidential election.

Nieman also hosts the Christopher J. Georges Conference on College Journalism for student journalists each spring.