Awards & Conferences
- Awards & Conferences
- J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project
- Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism
- Joe Alex Morris Jr. Lecture
- I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence
- The Christopher J. Georges Conference on College Journalism
- Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Journalism
- Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism
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 groundbreaking reporting projects in print, on air and online.
Recent honorees include The Caravan, a journal of politics and culture in India, winner of the 2021 Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism. The Nieman class of 2021 selected The Caravan in recognition of its unique and uncompromising coverage of the erosion of human rights, social justice, and democracy in India.
Recipients of the 2021 Lukas Prize Project Awards include Jessica Goudeau, winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for “After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America, William G. Thomas III, winner of the Mark Lynton History Prize for “A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War,” and the two J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award winners, Emily Dufton for “Addiction Inc.: How the Corporate Takeover of America’s Treatment Industry Created a Profitable Epidemic” and Casey Parks for “Diary of a Misfit.” Barton Gellman is the Lukas Book Prize finalist for “Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State” and Martha S. Jones is the Lynton History Prize finalist is for “Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All.”
The Wall Street Journal and PBS’s “Frontline” won the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism for “Forsaken by the Indian Health Service,” a joint investigation that exposed decades of abuse, negligence and dysfunction inside the Indian Health Service. Wall Street Journal reporters Christopher Weaver, Dan Frosch and Anna Wilde Mathews revealed that the IHS failed to stop child predators and other dangerous doctors practicing in hospitals that serve some of the nation’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens. The reporting led to vital reforms.
Pamela Colloff, a senior reporter at ProPublica and staff writer for The New York Times Magazine won the Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Journalism for “He’s a Liar, a Con Artist and a Snitch. His Testimony Could Soon Send a Man to His Death,” an investigation of unreliable jailhouse informants. Finalists were “Ashley’s Story,” an Indianapolis Star series by Marisa Kwiatkowski about the long-term impact of childhood trauma on one young woman, and “The TurboTax Trap” by ProPublica reporters Justin Elliott and Paul Kiel, which uncovered years of deceptive practices by Intuit, the maker of TurboTax software.
NPR London correspondent Frank Langfitt has been selected to deliver the next Joe Alex Morris Jr. Memorial Lecture and discuss his work covering Britain in the age of COVID-19, Brexit and lessons learned during his long career reporting around the globe.
In addition to presenting annual journalism awards, the Nieman Foundation regularly organizes conferences for journalists based around a central theme. In November 2019, the Nieman Foundation and the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard C-CHANGE) co-hosted “Covering Climate Change,” an intensive training workshop for journalists on covering climate change and related issues.
Together with University of Chicago Institute of Politics, Nieman made co-hosted the 2020 Campaign Journalism Conference for journalists covering the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The training took place in April 2019 in Chicago. In March 2018, Nieman hosted “Covering Nuclear Issues: A Workshop for Journalists,” 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. And in March 2017, the Nieman Foundation presented another workshop for journalists, “Covering Housing.”
Nieman additionally organized and hosted “Power: Accountability and Abuse,” a two-day celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes in September 2016 that featured Pulitzer-winning performances and discussions centered on excellence in journalism and the arts.
The Nieman Foundation also hosts the Christopher J. Georges Conference on College Journalism for student journalists each spring.