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A personal look at the perils of covering Mexico’s drug wars

Nieman Notes June 7, 2013

In his new memoir “Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness,” Dallas Morning News Mexico bureau chief Alfredo Corchado, NF ’09, reflects on his life as a Mexican immigrant to the United States and the extraordinary journey he has taken to cover events in his homeland despite the threat of violence wrought by the country’s drug wars. Read more

Dorothy Parvaz, receives McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage

Nieman Notes March 8, 2013

Journalist Dorothy Parvaz, a 2009 Nieman Fellow who was jailed and interrogated for several weeks in 2011 while attempting to cover the civil war in Syria, will receive the McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage. A reporter for Al Jazeera’s English channel in Qatar, she was detained and jailed when she entered Syria in April 2011. Authorities there held for three days then deported to Iran, where she was held and interrogated for more than two weeks before being sent back to Qatar. Read more

Peter Wolodarski, NF ’09, to lead Dagens Nyheter

Nieman Notes February 19, 2013

Peter Wolodarski, NF ’09, has been named as the new editor-in-chief of Sweden’s largest morning newspaper, Dagens Nyheter (DN). He will assume his new role on March 1. Wolodarski has been working as the paper’s editorial page editor. He will continue to write a Sunday column for DN. Read more

AP names Margie Mason as Indonesia bureau chief

Nieman Notes August 20, 2012

Margie Mason, an award-winning correspondent for The Associated Press in Southeast Asia, has been promoted to chief of bureau for Indonesia. She will be based in Jakarta, where she will oversee AP’s coverage of the world’s fourth most populous country. Mason is a 2009 Nieman Fellow. Read more

Kael Alford wins documentary photography award

Nieman Notes July 12, 2012

Kael Alford has been named the winner of the 2012 Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography Award. The $5,000 award is presented annually by the New Orleans Photo Alliance to a Gulf Coast photographer whose work “combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a long-term cultural documentary project.” Read more