Continuity of Change at the Nieman Foundation

Giles, Bob
March 2005
Nieman Reports;Spring2005, Vol. 59 Issue 1, p3
This article addresses some negative reactions to changes that have taken place in the program of the Nieman Foundation as of March 2005. The author begins by citing a story published in The Boston Globe that gave voice to alumni expressing discontent about changes that have taken place in the program. The story however also drew a response of e-mails expressing approval of the new direction, seeing journalism conferences and the narrative writing program as important additions, and wondering about Nieman Fellows past whose apparent sense of elitism would inspire resistance to change. During its 67 years, and under the influence of seven Curators, the core Nieman mission has remained unchanged: providing an educational experience at Harvard University, Massachusetts, for journalists of accomplishment and promise who then return to journalism with the expectation that their work will contribute to elevating the standards of their craft. The Nieman Foundation is a living institution, its values nourished by the excellence of the fellows in their years after Harvard, as well as by the strength of new generations of fellows. The Nieman Foundation recognizes a shared mission with journalists and news organizations in addressing these fundamental challenges.


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