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Update: Paul Salopek, NF ’12, and his trek across the globe

Nieman Notes November 27, 2013

2012 Nieman Visiting Fellow Paul Salopek and his epic 21,000-mile walk around the world are the focus of National Geographic’s December 2013 cover story. In To Walk the World, the first in a series, Salopek writes “Walking is falling forward. Each step we take is an arrested plunge, a collapse averted, a disaster braked. In this way, to walk becomes an act of faith. We perform it daily: a two-beat miracle—an iambic teetering, a holding on and letting go. For the next seven years I will plummet across the world.” He is tracing the ancient paths of human migration and telling the stories of the world along the way. Read more

David Skok, NF ’12, new digital adviser to Boston Globe editor

Nieman Notes November 26, 2013

David Skok, NF ’12 and director of, is joining The Boston Globe as digital adviser to the editor. In a memo sent to staff on Nov. 26, Globe editor Brian McGrory said “David will play a key role in our upcoming push to further define our two brands — as a broader, more ambitious site that better reflects the creative journalism of the Globe, and a redesigned as a sharper, edgier site with a strong news spine.” Read more

Giannina Segnini, NF ’02, receives Gabriel García Márquez Award

Nieman Notes November 21, 2013

Costa Rican journalist Giannina Segnini, NF ’02, has won the 2013 Recognition of Journalistic Excellence Award, presented by the governing council of the Gabriel García Marquez Journalism Awards. Founder and editor of the investigative unit at the Costa Rican daily La Nación and a database journalism pioneer, Segnini has focused on exposing corruption and abuse of power, including reporting that led to the downfall and imprisonment of two Costa Rican ex-presidents. Read more

Two Niemans Named Dart Center Ochberg Fellows

Nieman Notes November 19, 2013

Two recent Nieman Fellows have been awarded Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Maggie Jones, NF ’12, a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and Finbarr O’Reilly, NF ’13, a Reuters staff photographer based in West Africa, will join 10 other journalists to deepen their reporting of violence, conflict and tragedy. Read more