Tuesday, December 05, 2017

3 new Nieman fellowships will be for journalists from undercovered areas, smaller newsrooms

For 80 years, journalists from all over America and the world have been able to spend a year at Harvard University on fellowships sponsored by the Nieman Foundation. Most of them have come from large or relatively large news outlets. Now the foundation and the Abrams Foundation are creating three annual fellowships for "journalists who work in communities undercovered by existing news organizations and are from smaller newsrooms that don’t have the resources — whether technical skills or money or time — to pursue investigative work," Nieman announced today.

"There’s no restriction on medium: radio journalists, podcast editors, freelancers, daily newspaper reporters, TV reporters are all welcome to apply," the foundation says. "Nor is there any lower limit on the size of the applicants’ home newsroom, but applicants’ newsrooms should be willing to support their proposed projects through the fieldwork phase of the fellowship," which can last up to nine months following two semesters at Harvard.

Nieman Curator Ann Marie Lipinski said, "Some of the greatest, most noble public-service journalism in this country has come from small staffs working hard to shed light or right wrongs in their communities. The work of Jerry Mitchell of the Jackson, Mississippi, Clarion-Ledger, to solve civil rights cold cases — work that sent Ku Klux Klan members to prison. Stories about the mismanagement of natural-gas royalties owed to thousands of land owners published in Virginia’s tiny Bristol Herald Courierstories that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service reporting. The Charleston Gazette-Mail’s relentless digging to expose the opioid traffic into West Virginia counties with the nation’s worst overdose death rates, also a Pulitzer winner."

Lipinski added, "Harvard University and the Nieman community offer abundant opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills to help our fellows decode the world around them and explain it to others. We’re eager to hear from journalists who would benefit from that education and support.

The sorts of markets and newsrooms we’ll be looking for are those that, without this support, might not be able to do this work."

Applications for the 2018-19 Abrams Nieman Fellowships are open to U.S. journalists until Feb. 15. For more information on how to apply, visit the Nieman Foundation page.

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