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.
During the 2019-2020 academic year, honorees included Puerto Rico’s Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (CPI, the Center for Investigative Journalism), winner of the Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism. CPI was recognized for investigating the most pressing issues on the island, including the government’s mismanagement of public funds; the incorrect death count after Hurricane Maria; and the secret communications among the island’s top political leadership, which sparked protests and ultimately led to Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s resignation.
Pioneering journalist Maria Hinojosa, founder of The Futuro Media Group, was selected as winner of the 2020 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence in recognition of her coverage of the lives, challenges and contributions of millions of Americans living in communities too often ignored by traditional media.
Recipients of the 2020 Lukas Prize Project Awards include Alex Kotlowitz, winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for “American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment,” Kerri K. Greenidge winner of the Mark Lynton History Prize for “Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter,” and the two J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award winners, Bartow J. Elmore for “Seed Money: Monsanto’s Past and the Future of Food” and Shahan Mufti for “American Caliph: The True Story of the Hanafi Siege, America’s First Homegrown Islamic Terror Attack.” Emily Bazelon is the Lukas Book Prize finalist for “Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration” and Daniel Immerwahr is the Lynton History Prize finalist is for “How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States.”
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.