Nieman Foundation News News from the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard en-us Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:30:51 GMT NPR’s Margot Adler, NF ’82: Building Community with Kindness <img src="/assets/Image/content/niemannews/Margot-at-the-reunion.png" style="width:460px;" alt="" /> <div style="display:block; font-size:.85em;margin-bottom:25px;width:460px;">Left to right &ndash; Margot Adler with her NPR colleagues Howard Berkes, Marilyn Geewax, Sylvia Poggioli, Walter Watson and Jonathan Blakley at the Nieman Foundation&rsquo;s 75th anniversary reunion in September 2013.</div> <span style="font-size:1.2em;line-height:1.5em;"><em>Marilyn Geewax, senior business editor for NPR and NF &rsquo;95, remembers her colleague Margot Adler.</em></span><br /> <br /> Margot Adler, 68, died Monday after a long struggle with cancer. She spent her last morning in her childhood home, facing Central Park, with her son, 23-year-old Alex Gliedman-Adler, and a long-time friend. <br /> <br /> Margot had been an NPR reporter in New York since 1979. She was a beloved figure at the network.<br /> <br /> Over the years, lots of NPR journalists have been Nieman Fellows. But our Founding Mother was Margot. She was a Nieman in 1982 &ndash; a time when the great majority of fellows were drawn from newspapers or television, not radio. And of course at the time, relatively few female reporters were working at the top levels of national news outlets. <a href="/inthenewsitem.aspx?id=100365">Read more&nbsp;&raquo;</a> <ul style="margin:5px 10px 5px 1.5em; padding-left:0;"> <li style="list-style: disc outside; padding-bottom:10px;">Read additional tributes from <a href="/inthenewsitem.aspx?id=100365#howard">NPR&rsquo;s Howard Berkes, NF '98</a> and Margot&rsquo;s Nieman classmate <a href="/inthenewsitem.aspx?id=100365#gerald">Gerald B. Jordan, NF &rsquo;82</a></li> <li style="list-style: disc outside; padding-bottom:10px;">Learn more about Adler's <a target="_blank" href=";;utm_medium=social">life and legacy at NPR</a>.</li> <li style="list-style: disc outside;">Margot Adler recently released &ldquo;<a href="">Vampires Are Us: Understanding Our Love Affair with the Immortal Dark Side</a>,&quot; a meditation on society's fascination with vampires, about which she wrote in <a href="">Heart of Darkness</a>, from the Spring 2014 issue of Nieman Reports.</li> </ul> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:30:51 GMT /inthenewsitem.aspx?id=100365|100365 It’s time to apply for a visiting Nieman Fellowship The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard wants to hear your idea for making journalism better. Apply for a visiting fellowship spend up to 12 weeks brainstorming with experts on campus and our innovative Nieman Fellows. Journalists and those interested in helping the news industry welcome to apply. Applications are due by Friday, Aug. 29.<br /> <br /> <a href="">Learn more&nbsp;&raquo;</a> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:35:17 GMT|100265 John Seigenthaler, NF '59, former editor of The Tennessean, dies at 86 John Seigenthaler, NF &rsquo;59, a legendary Tennessee journalist and staunch advocate for racial equality and the First Amendment, died July 11 at his home in Nashville. He was 86.<br /> <br /> Seigenthaler started his journalism career as a cub reporter at The (Nashville) Tennessean in 1949. He investigated corruption in the Teamsters union and reported on the Ku Klux Klan&rsquo;s illegal activities. <br /> <br /> He worked for civil rights during President John F. Kennedy&rsquo;s administration, serving as the chief negotiator with the governor of Alabama during the 1961 Freedom Rides.<br /> <br /> The following year he was named editor of The Tennessean at the age of 34. In 1982 he became the first editorial page editor of USA Today, continuing in both jobs until he retired as publisher, chairman and CEO of The Tennessean and from USA Today in 1991. That was the year he founded the First Amendment Center, an educational organization. <br /> <br /> In 2005, after a false accusation about him was posted on Wikipedia, Seigenthaler fought to hold the organization accountable for what it publishes. Wikipedia altered its practices to address some of the issues he raised. <br /> <br /> <a href="">Bill Kovach remembers John Seigenthaler</a><br /> <br /> <a href="/assets/Image/Nieman%20Reports/Archives/JohnSeigenthaler-NewsJunkieInterviewsHimselfOnEthics.pdf">Seigenthaler on Ethics</a>, in Nieman Reports Summer 1994 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:05:09 GMT /newsitem.aspx?id=100264|100264 2015 Nieman-Berkman Fellows named The Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Berkman Center for Internet &amp; Society have selected two journalists as the 2014-2015 <a href="">Nieman-Berkman Fellows in Journalism Innovation</a>. The fellowship is a collaboration between the two organizations designed to generate new ideas to advance quality journalism in the digital age. <br /> <br /> <strong>Maggie Koerth-Baker</strong>, a freelance science journalist, columnist for <a href=";_type=blogs&amp;module=Search&amp;mabReward=relbias%3Ar&amp;_r=0">The New York Times Magazine</a> and science editor at <a href=""></a>, will study the process, history and ethics of medical development and human testing, with a particular focus on the flu vaccine.<br /> <br /> <strong>Miguel Paz Rueda</strong>, a Chilean journalist, former Knight ICFJ Fellow and president of the <a href="">Poderomedia Foundation</a>, an organization that fosters transparency and digital innovation in Latin American news organizations, will study new data visualization models, innovative news startups, and civic media approaches to building quality sustainable journalism models. <br /> <br /> Learn more about <a href="">Maggie Koerth-Baker and Miguel Paz Rueda</a>&raquo;<br /> <br /> Read about all of the <a href="">Berkman Center&rsquo;s new fellows</a>&raquo;<br /> <br /> Learn more about the <a href="">Nieman-Berkman Fellowship in Journalism Innovation</a>&raquo; Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:28:04 GMT /newsitem.aspx?id=100263|100263 Journalists Louise Kiernan and Steve Almond to join Nieman’s narrative journalism program The Nieman Foundation has hired Louise Kiernan to edit <a href="">Nieman Storyboard</a>, a website that showcases exceptional narrative journalism and explores the future of nonfiction storytelling, and Steve Almond to teach Nieman&rsquo;s seminar in narrative writing, offered each year to Nieman Fellows. <br /> <br /> Kiernan &mdash; a 2005 Nieman Fellow and 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner &mdash; is an associate professor at the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University, focusing on narrative, investigative and social issues reporting. Almond is as a journalist and an author of both fiction and non-fiction books. He also is a regular contributor to <em>The New York Times Magazine</em> and has taught writing at Emerson, Wesleyan, Boston College, and Ohio State.<br /> <br /> <a href="">Learn more&nbsp;&raquo;</a> Thu, 29 May 2014 12:03:48 GMT /newsitem.aspx?id=100262|100262 William Worthy, trailblazing reporter who interviewed world leaders, dies at 92 William Worthy, NF &rsquo;57, who fought with the U.S. government over reporting trips to China, Cuba and Iran, died on May 4 at the age of 92. <br /> <br /> It was during his Nieman Fellowship that Worthy, a reporter for the Baltimore Afro-American and correspondent for CBS News, first defied the U.S. State Department&rsquo;s travel restrictions by flying to China during winter break to report for CBS. Because the government refused to renew Worthy&rsquo;s passport after the trip, he traveled to Cuba without one in 1964. On his return he was convicted of entering the country illegally. He successfully appealed, and a federal court declared the law unconstitutional. His case inspired folk singer Phil Ochs to record &ldquo;<a href="">The Ballad of William Worthy</a>&rdquo; in 1964.<br /> <br /> During his long career he interviewed leaders including Nikita Khrushchev, Chou En-lai and Fidel Castro; wrote about the civil rights movement and race in America; and reported on the anti-Vietnam War movement, among other topics.<br /> <br /> <a href="">Read more about William Worthy</a>, including his past work in Nieman Reports&nbsp;&raquo; Wed, 07 May 2014 17:22:40 GMT|100364 William Worthy Receives Lyons Award The Nieman Foundation presented the 2008 Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism to William Worthy, Class of 1957. Tue, 06 May 2014 13:21:58 GMT /inthenewsitem.aspx?id=100043|100043