In response to dual crises facing the nation—a pandemic and racial injustice—the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard has selected 12 innovative media professionals for focused project work as 2021 Nieman Visiting Fellows. The fellows, who represent a broad range of communities and media outlets, will each spend time in the coming year working remotely, using resources at Nieman and Harvard University to develop projects advancing racial justice or improving public health journalism in the U.S.
Each fellow is working on a proposal featuring one or more of the following goals:
- Advance the representation of journalists of color throughout the news industry
- Improve coverage of underreported stories and communities
- Explain the impact of the coronavirus on an area or group
- Enhance reporting expertise and coverage of public health in a community
Announcing the new fellows, Nieman Foundation curator Ann Marie Lipinski said: “This past year journalism has faced urgent challenges but also explored opportunities for change. Nieman sought individuals with ideas for using journalism to address public health and racial justice inequities. These new visiting fellows seek to make real contributions to their communities and we’re excited to work with them to advance their projects.”
The 2021 Visiting Nieman Fellows and their study plans:
Nieman is offering these visiting fellowships in addition to our traditional academic-year fellowships. The current 2020-21 Nieman class includes 16 journalists whose studies began in August.
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 five-year $223,000 grant to support the Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships. In 2020, recognizing the dual challenges of racial injustice in the United States and the global coronavirus pandemic, Nieman solicited applications from individuals seeking to address those pressing issues.
Those eligible to apply for Nieman Visiting Fellowships 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.