Mastering Disruptive Innovation in Journalism

Talks February 27, 2013

In a special Nieman seminar on Feb. 27, Harvard Business School Professor Clayton M. Christensen and 2012 Nieman Fellow David Skok, director of, spoke about how Christensen's groundbreaking theory of disruptive innovation can be applied to journalism to generate bold solutions for the struggling news industry. Read more

Out of Eden: The Walk

Talks December 6, 2012

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek discusses plans for his epic journey around the world and a groundbreaking experiment in slow journalism. Read more

Lunch conversation with Jodi Kantor

Talks October 9, 2012

Jodi Kantor, New York Times correspondent and author of "The Obamas," speaks with Ann Marie Lipinski, curator at the Nieman Foundation and former editor of the Chicago Tribune. Whitney Johnson, author of "Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When you Dare to Dream," offers the introduction. Read more

Political journalists provide election insights at Harvard event

Talks October 2, 2012

The Nieman Foundation and Harvard’s Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity welcomed three leading political journalists to campus on Sept. 27 for “Press and the Race: A Presidential Election Roundtable,” an event designed for Harvard faculty members. Read more

Google’s head of news products looks to future

Talks May 11, 2012

Addressing an audience at the Nieman Foundation on May 11, Richard Gingras, the head of news products for Google, discussed the need for constant innovation in journalism. Changes in the news industry aren't temporary problems that will be fixed and go away, he stressed. Read more

Drawing History Into Today’s News

Talks March 1, 2012

When Joe Sacco and Chris Hedges traveled to the Gaza Strip in 2001 for Harper’s magazine, they researched a little-known mass killing from 1956. But when the piece, written by Hedges and illustrated by Sacco, was published, editors had cut the entire section about Israeli soldiers killing hundreds of Palestinians during the Suez crisis. Read more

The Arab Spring, one year later

Talks February 22, 2012

Wadah Khanfar, former director general of the Al Jazeera network and current president of the Sharq Forum, will speak at the MIT Media Lab on February 24 to discuss the impact of last year’s Arab Spring on democracy in the Middle East. Read more

USAID head stresses value of global health journalism

Talks December 9, 2011

Speaking before journalists and policymakers at Harvard on Dec. 8, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah discussed USAID initiatives that are saving the lives of people around the globe, including successful programs to reduce child mortality rates. Read more

News and Entertainment in the Digital Age: A Vast Wasteland Revisited

Talks November 20, 2011

In 1961, FCC Chairman Newt Minow famously described television as a “vast wasteland” and called for new public interest programming. Fifty years later, Minow gathered at Harvard with others including Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow, Nieman Foundation Curator Ann Marie Lipinski (NF ’90), Jonathan Alter of Bloomberg View, and Harvard Law School’s Yochai Benkler, Terry Fisher, John Palfrey, and Jonathan Zittrain to reflect on the changed nature of television and the dramatic shifts that have shaped the media landscape in the past five decades. Read more