Awards & Conferences
- Awards & Conferences
- J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project
- Joe Alex Morris Jr. Lecture
- I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence
- The Christopher J. Georges Conference on College Journalism
- Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in 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 Associated Press won the 2020 Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism for “Fruits of Labor,” an exhaustive two-year investigation by Associated Press reporters Margie Mason and Robin McDowell into widespread abuses in the palm oil industry. The reporters interviewed more than 130 current and former workers from eight countries at two dozen companies to uncover the dangerous conditions laborers face on large palm oil plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia. Their reporting revealed an industry in which poor and vulnerable harvesters are regularly exposed to toxic agrochemicals and face serious hazards ranging from trafficking and rape to child labor and slavery. The reporting has led to vital reforms and import bans.
The Tampa Bay Times is winner of the 2020 Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Journalism for “Targeted,” an investigation by reporters Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi into a police program that for years monitored, intimidated and harassed families in Pasco County Florida. Finalists are ProPublica for “Grace: A Failure in Michigan’s Juvenile Justice System,” which investigated the case of a 15-year-old Black girl who was jailed for not doing her schoolwork and the deeply flawed juvenile justice system that allowed her detention, and USA TODAY for its “Torn Apart” series, which showed how the state of Florida used a child protection law to take children from families, often without sufficient cause, and put them directly in harm’s way in a poorly monitored foster care system.
Pioneering journalist Maria Hinojosa, founder of The Futuro Media Group, received the 2020 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence. During her 30-year career, Hinojosa’s groundbreaking documentaries and investigative reports have brought to light stories about the lives, challenges and contributions of millions of Americans living in communities too often ignored by traditional media.
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.