The Nieman Reunion: A Time to Talk and Listen

Giles, Bob
June 2005
Nieman Reports;Summer2005, Vol. 59 Issue 2, p3
This article highlights the reunion of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University as of June 2005. Nieman Foundation reunions are many things to those who attend: a chance to see old friends, experience a taste of Harvard, and find out what's new at Lippmann House and the Nieman program. For this gathering of Nieman Fellows in early May, the focus on talking and listening was especially important. A conversation with the Curator during the Sunday morning brunch at Lippmann House offered a clear picture of what was on the minds of fellows in the room and suggested ways of opening new lines of communication about the Nieman program. The alumni seemed particularly to want assurance that the addition of weekend seminars and the narrative journalism program had not taken anything away from the fellows' core experience. Many told me later or sent e-mails to say that, having now seen Lippmann House and heard from current fellows, they were satisfied that the program is serving its mandate. The alumni also asked about the origins of the narrative journalism program. They sought full details on the construction of Knight Center at Lippmann House. They were interested in the reasoning behind a reorganization of the Nieman Foundation staff.


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