Dedicating the Knight Center at Lippmann House

Giles, Bob
June 2004
Nieman Reports;Summer2004, Vol. 58 Issue 2, p3
The article presents the author's remarks made at the dedication of the Knight Center at Walter Lippmann House on May 24. 2004. The Knight center is the physical expression of an idea that was more eloquent and visionary than anyone at Harvard could have imagined in the late 1930s. In deciding that the income form the Nieman gift would be used to fund a sabbatical for experienced journalists, Harvard President James Conant created a fellowship program that was a success from the start and gave virtue to the concept of continuing education for working journalists. The larger number of fellows and initiatives, such as the Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism and the operations of the Nieman Web site, began to push the limits of Lippmann House and created an imperative for improving the educational environment for the fellows. As the Nieman Foundation sets out to find a partner, it turned to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation , with whom Nieman shares a common purpose in its dedication to provide training and education for journalists. The Knight Foundation responded with the lead gift for the construction of the new wing on Lippmann House that is being dedicated as the Knight Center.


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