The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard has selected a group of eight media innovators as the 2020 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellows. The group includes a features writer, an editor/producer, an audience development associate, the executive director of a media group, two freelance journalists, a software engineer and an English professor. They will each spend time at Harvard University in the coming year to develop a project designed to advance journalism.
Announcing the new fellows, Nieman Foundation curator Ann Marie Lipinski said: “We look forward to welcoming these eight visiting fellows to campus, supporting their research and learning from them in return. The Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowship has proven a valuable tool for supporting innovation and research that aims to elevate and advance journalism.”
The 2020 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellows:
Nieman created the visiting fellowship program in 2012 to invite individuals with promising journalism research proposals to take advantage of the many resources at Harvard University and the Nieman Foundation. In 2015, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation provided a $223,000 grant to support the Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships. Those eligible to apply include publishers, programmers, designers, media analysts, academics, journalists and others interested in enhancing quality, building new business models or designing programs to improve journalism.
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard educates leaders in journalism and elevates the standards of the profession through special programs that convene scholars and experts in all fields. More than 1,600 journalists from 99 countries have been awarded Nieman Fellowships since 1938. The foundation’s other initiatives include Nieman Reports, a website and print magazine that covers thought leadership in journalism, Nieman Lab, a website that reports on the future of news, innovation and best practices in the digital media age and Nieman Storyboard, a website that showcases exceptional narrative journalism and explores the future of nonfiction storytelling.