Present at the Creation

1972: Affiliates

By Present at the Creation September 24, 2013

Ruth Daniloff, a ’74 Nieman affiliate, on the dawn of equal rights for affiliates When I heard in May of 1973 that my husband, Nicholas Daniloff, had won a Nieman Fellowship, I acknowledged that it would burnish his career. Read more

1939: Dinners

By Present at the Creation September 20, 2013

In an interview published in the 1986 book, “Archibald MacLeish: Reflections,” the Foundation’s first curator described the origins of the regular Nieman dinners, which eventually evolved into seminars and, ultimately, into Soundings“Professors were falling over themselves to lure Niemans … Read more

1939: Seminars

By Present at the Creation September 20, 2013

Writing in the Spring 1989 issue of Nieman Reports, Louis M. Lyons, NF ’39, explained the weekly seminar series added during his Nieman year The dinner guests [curator Archibald] MacLeish coaxed to Cambridge that year were distinguished and the … Read more

1989: The Hawk

By Present at the Creation September 11, 2013

Jonathan Seitz, Nieman Reports researcher/reporter, chronicles the fortunes of the “Santa Clara Hawk” To a first-time visitor, the statue of a hawk in front of the Nieman Foundation may seem out of place. It is carved from smooth, gray-black … Read more

1974: Soundings

By Present at the Creation September 11, 2013

Lois Fiore, hired in 1973 as assistant to curator James C. Thomson Jr., recalls the origins of the Sounding One of the things we told the Fellows—and, I’m sure, still do—is that among the most interesting people you’re going to … Read more

2008: Nieman Lab

By Present at the Creation September 11, 2013

Joshua Benton, NF ’08, recounts the origins of the Nieman Journalism Lab By the time I applied for a Nieman in 2007, the changes in America’s newsrooms were too real to put out of mind. While some argued that the … Read more