Nieman Reports

Nieman Reports, the Nieman Foundation’s quarterly magazine about journalism, reaches a global audience in print and online at Founded in 1947, it features the writing and photography of journalists from around the world, many of whom are former Nieman Fellows. They draw on their experiences in the field, illuminating many of the profession’s core challenges and opportunities. Our most recent issues are:

Winter 2014: “The State of Journalism in China”
The Communist Party has long striven to control freedom of speech in China. Websites from around the world are blocked. Major social media cannot be accessed, and advanced software is used to delete “sensitive” entries from the Internet. Domestic journalists who step over the invisible line of what’s permissible face being fired or even arrested, while foreign journalists face various forms of government intimidation. How reporters are trying to work around China's resurgent censorship, 25 years after Tiananmen.
Summer-Fall 2013: “Special 75th Anniversary Issue”
As she lay dying, the widow of a Milwaukee newspaper editor made a gift that has now invigorated journalism for 75 years. Agnes Wahl Nieman, a well-educated woman with a fondness for bicycling, willed money to Harvard to “promote and elevate the standards of journalism.” That $1.4 million bequest (worth about $23 million in today’s dollars) funded the Nieman Fellowship program that has brought 1,442 journalists from around the world to Harvard for a year of study. To celebrate the Nieman Foundation for Journalism’s 75th anniversary, Nieman Reports tells the stories of 75 Nieman Fellows, among them pioneers in biography, documentary filmmaking, and investigative journalism.
Spring 2013: “The Signal and the Noise”
One tweeter boasted of a "game-changing victory" for crowdsourcing in the early hours of the Boston area manhunt. But what began as a low-grade fever on social media spiked with the wrongful naming of a bombing suspect. All the while, Nieman Visiting Fellow Hong Qu was testing his new tool Keepr as a screen for credibility and posting early results on Nieman Reports as the story unfolded. Qu and journalist Seth Mnookin, who tweeted live from the manhunt, write about how smartphones and their unprecedented power to publish require new journalistic tools and practices, while other Nieman Fellows consider the intersection of social media and journalism in the aftermath of the attack.

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Professor’s Corner

Professor's Corner is a special online companion to Nieman Reports that focuses on journalism education. In addition to featuring articles from the current issue of Nieman Reports that relate to journalism school concerns, other elements of Professor’s Corner include: 
  • Teaching Tools links to stories culled from the pages of Nieman Reports and united by topic for classroom use.

  • Teaching Glimpses in which j-school professors describe the unique methods they use to engage with students and share links to their students’ work.