Nieman Foundation News News from the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard en-us Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:25:15 GMT 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 Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:25:15 GMT|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 Nieman Foundation announces the 77th class of Nieman Fellows The Nieman Foundation for Journalism has selected 24 journalists as members of the 77th class of Nieman Fellows. The group includes journalists who work around the globe as reporters, editors, columnists, bureau chiefs, digital leaders and news executives in print, broadcast and online media. They will study at Harvard University during the 2014-2015 academic year.<br /> <br /> Nieman additionally invites a cohort of Visiting Fellows to campus for shorter periods of time during the year to work on research projects designed to advance journalism. <br /> <br /> <a href="">Read more&nbsp;&raquo;</a> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:13:09 GMT /newsitem.aspx?id=100261|100261 Harvard notables elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation&rsquo;s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, has announced the election of 204 new members, including Nieman curator Ann Marie Lipinski, NF &rsquo;90, and a number of others in the Harvard community. Among those chosen are Harvard professors Jill Lepore, a noted historian and writer for The New Yorker, and Raj Chetty, one of the world&rsquo;s foremost economists, both popular Nieman seminar speakers.<br /> <br /> The 2014 class &mdash; which also includes journalist and author Annie Proulx, novelist and screenwriter John Irving, director and actor Al Pacino and sociologist Sherry Turkle &mdash; will be inducted at a ceremony on October 11 at the Academy&rsquo;s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. Members of the Academy are some of the world&rsquo;s most accomplished scholars, writers, scientists, artists and civic and business leaders.<br /> <br /> <a href="">Learn more about the new members&nbsp;&raquo;</a> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:04:42 GMT|100363