Nieman Foundation For Journalism At Harvard Announces 2011 Nieman Fellows

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard has chose 25 journalists working online, in print, radio, television, photography, and filmmaking to be this year’s Nieman Fellows.

Nieman Foundation curator Bob Giles pointed out something particularly interesting (well, to us anyway) about this year’s batch of Fellow:

This year, a large number of them are freelancers and some have launched innovative journalism projects. They represent a new breed of pioneering journalists who will carry us, well informed, into the future.

Congrats, freelancers! A full list of this year’s Nieman Fellows and their areas of interest appears after the jump.


Loch Adamson: London bureau chief, Institutional Investor, will study the ecology of risk in the global financial system and explore the challenges that industry practitioners and policymakers now face in anticipating and containing market crises. Adamson is the 2011 Donald W. Reynolds Nieman Fellow in Business Journalism. This new Nieman Fellowship is supported by a generous grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

Tony Bartelme: projects reporter, The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C., plans to examine the human, social and environmental costs of coal-fired power generation with a special focus on how the United States exploits coal reserves in South America.

Tyler Bridges: an author and freelance journalist based in Lima, Peru, will study the changes, challenges and opportunities for delivering news in the digital era, in both the United States and Latin America.

Jennifer Eccleston: a broadcast journalist/writer who has reported extensively overseas, predominantly in the Middle East and South Asia, as a foreign correspondent for network news and national cable outlets, will study the intersection of religion and war, the ethics of engaging, conducting and exiting war and the role of morality in foreign policy.

Michael Fitzgerald, a freelance writer based in the Boston, Mass., area, will study behavioral economics, statistics and the history of innovation to gain a better understanding of innovation, its causes and its impact on societies.

Darcy Frey, an author and contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, will study ecology and environmental science, particularly evolving social concepts of nature and how they affect conservation and environmental policy.

Anna Gorman: staff writer, Los Angeles Times, plans to study the intersection between poverty and public health, with a focus on health disparities and how neighborhoods impact well-being.

Joshua Prager: a freelance journalist and author based in New York, will study how individuals and societies reckon with disclosures of secrets and suppressed truths.

Deb Price: Washington correspondent for The Detroit News, will study China’s explosive growth and the opportunities and challenges it presents Michigan. She is the Louis Stark Nieman Fellow. The fellowship honors the memory of the New York Times reporter who was a pioneer in the field of labor reporting.

Gwen Thompkins: East Africa correspondent, National Public Radio, plans to study the art of storytelling within a variety of disciplines, including music composition, filmmaking, epic poetry and the history of science.

Annmarie Timmins: reporter for the Concord Monitor in Concord, N.H., plans to explore the effects of specialized mental health courts and prison policies on offenders with mental health problems. She is the 2011 Donald W. Reynolds Nieman Fellow in Community Journalism.

Nieman Fellows in global health reporting and their areas of interest:

Antigone Barton (United States): a freelance journalist, will study global health policy and research ways to build collaborative reporting and accessible resources in developing world news settings.

Helen Branswell (Canada): medical reporter, The Canadian Press, will study the politics and practicalities of disease eradication in the 21st century, with a particular focus on polio eradication.

International Nieman Fellows and their areas of interest:
Fernando Berguido (Panama): publisher and editor of La Prensa, will study how mass media is facing circulation and income challenges in contemporary America. He also will focus on the relation between reporting and power, with an emphasis on corruption control.



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