Issue Archive


  • Spring 2018

    Reinventing Local TV News

    Local TV news is still what the majority of Americans turn to to keep informed, with more people getting their news from television than any…

  • Winter 2018

    Covering Addiction

    These days, there's no shortage of news documenting the toll of the opioid epidemic, from profiles of lives cut short by an overdose to features…


  • Fall 2017

    The News Industry Has a Sexual Harassment Problem. #NowWhat?

    In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, as women in all industries have come forward with their own stories of sexual harassment, a cascade…

  • Summer 2017

    Where Are the Mothers?

    In the conversation about how to create more diversity and gender balance in newsrooms, one group has been routinely ignored: mothers. So what are newsrooms…

  • Spring 2017

    A New Focus

    Newsroom diversity—racial, ethnic, gender and socioeconomic—has received a lot of attention since last year’s election, but a lack of equity and inclusivity among those who…

  • Winter 2017

    Covering Sexual Assault

    At a time when high-profile cases of rape and sexual assault continue to make the news with depressing regularity, the need for fair, ethical, and…


  • Fall 2016

    What Journalists Must Do Next

    In the wake of the presidential election, as journalists continue to critique their coverage, the urgency for new approaches to political reporting has been underscored…

  • Summer 2016

    The Pulitzer Centennial

    The effects of power may be obvious—high office, laws, riches, regulations, even life and death—but power itself is only an idea, one that journalists have…

  • Spring 2016

    Covering the Campaign

    In a year in which there’s been a sprawling presidential race, a fractured media landscape, and unprecedented opportunities for candidates to appeal directly to voters,…

  • Winter 2016

    Beyond the “Coming Out” Story

    Transgender people—models, actors, musicians, authors, athletes, soldiers—have increasingly entered the public consciousness. With this increased visibility has come increased media coverage. But despite this progress,…


  • Fall 2015

    Storytelling and Social Media

    Journalists have long viewed Facebook and Twitter as tools for reporting and promoting their work. Recently though, photographers and writers have been embracing the photo…

  • Summer 2015

    Automation in the Newsroom

    As automation makes significant gains in the newsroom, Celeste LeCompte explores how the Associated Press, ProPublica, The New York Times, and other news outlets are…

  • Spring 2015

    Race and Reporting

    The news industry has been talking about diversity for decades, but that talk has not always been followed by action. Though the percentage of minorities…

  • Winter 2015

    The Offending Art

    The Charlie Hebdo murders focused attention on the threat to Western satirists, but political cartoonists around the world are at risk. Some, such as cartoonists…


  • Fall 2014

    The Future of Foreign News

    The veteran correspondents from the so-called legacy media who once flooded the crisis zones have faded away. In their place has come an army of…

  • Summer 2014

    Where Are the Women?

    Despite making up half the population and receiving the majority of communication degrees, women currently lead only three of the nation’s top 25 newspapers. What’s…

  • Spring 2014

    Rewriting J-School

    Journalism education has come to the same ominous inflection point that journalism itself has reached—and the stakes are just as high. Universities are shutting down…

  • Winter 2014

    The State of Journalism in China

    The Communist Party has long striven to control freedom of speech in China. Websites from around the world are blocked. Major social media cannot be…


  • Summer-Fall 2013

    75th Anniversary Issue

    As she lay dying, the widow of a Milwaukee newspaper editor made a gift that has now invigorated journalism for 75 years. Agnes Wahl Nieman,…

  • Spring 2013

    The Signal and the Noise

    One tweeter boasted of a "game-changing victory" for crowdsourcing in the early hours of the Boston area manhunt. But what began as a low-grade fever…

  • Winter 2013

    Critical Condition

    “If you are counting full-time critic jobs at newspapers, you may as well count tombstones.” That was the response of Johanna Keller, director of the…



  • Winter 2011

    Writing the Book

    How does a journalist make the journey to author? A variety of paths and potential pitfalls are here for you to learn from. Authors of…

  • Fall 2011

    Cold Case Reporting

    Cases unheard. Justice denied. These words fit many crimes committed with racial intent a half century ago. Now reporters burrow into forgotten files, locate witnesses,…

  • Summer 2011

    Links that Bind Us

    In digital space, journalists are proving to be a powerful force in creating, nurturing and engaging communities. No longer serving only geographic zones, they confront…

  • Spring 2011

    Shattering Barriers to Reveal Corruption

    Barriers to reporting on corruption are numerous. Pushing past them can be risky, especially in countries where powerful interests are entrenched in business, media organizations,…









  • Winter 2003

    Can Newspapers Reach the Young?

    Newspaper reading isn’t a daily habit for most young people. Instead they catch headlines on Web sites, share opinions on Weblogs, and see breaking news…

  • Fall 2003

    Journalism and Black America: Then and Now

    Black and white journalists, at times working as colleagues, at other times separately, have produced the first draft of our nation’s difficult history of race…

  • Summer 2003

    Medical Reporting

    “The chasm between medical journalists and physicians appears mostly to be one of ignorance rather than conflicting interests or malice,” writes Terry L. Schraeder, who…

  • Spring 2003

    Reporting on Health

    Few topics receive more media attention today than the topic of health. Yet, in the view of some journalists, many of the stories being told…


  • Winter 2002

    Reporting on the INS

    Journalists who devote considerable time to coverage of immigration and investigation of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) write about why they report on a…

  • Fall 2002

    Science Journalism

    Those who report on science have never been better prepared to do so, according to Los Angeles Times science and technology writer Robert Lee Hotz,…

  • Summer 2002

    Reporting on Business: Enron and Beyond

    Enron’s extraordinary collapse leapt into public view with banner headlines befitting the precipitous fall of a once mighty power. This was a company that not…

  • Spring 2002

    Nieman Narrative Journalism Conference

    On a late fall weekend in 2001, the Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism convened its first conference. More than 800 journalists traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts…







  • Winter 1996

    Reviving Environmental Coverage

    "Needed: A Recommitment" by Chris Bowman "Suburban Sprawl" by Keith Schneider "Activist's View: Media Lag" by Arlie Schardt "Needed: Long-Haul Commitment" by Melanie Sill "The…

  • Fall 1996


    "Violent Crime and the Media's Role" by Michael J. Kirkhorn "TV Violence and What to Do About It" by George Gerbner "A Major Public Health…

  • Summer 1996

    Getting It Right Is Not Enough

    "Getting It Right Is Not Enough" by John Seigenthaler "No More 'Black Holes'" by John Hohenberg "Problems and Possibilities" by Mickey Edwards "Solving Problems, Listening…

  • Spring 1996

    Job Cuts Squeeze Newspapers

    "Feasting on the Seed Corn" by Alex S. Jones "How Big Should Profits Be?" by John Morton "Remember Your Firepower: Local News" by Eugene Patterson…


  • Winter 1995

    The 1996 Presidential Elections

    "If Campaign's a Horserace, Why Not Report It That Way?" by Walter Mears "What About the Issues?" by John Herbers "And How About Character?" by…

  • Fall 1995

    Harvard à la Carte

    "Economic Challenge: Better Country Management" by Joseph L. Bower "Economic Trend: Less Pay for Time Off" by Juliet Schor "Economic Problem: Stagnant Income" by Benjamin…

  • Summer 1995

    Running Scared Into the On-line Era

    Public-Interest Journalism and New Technology: Nieman Foundation Conference Proceedings "Analysis" by Jack Fuller "First Case Study - 'America: What Went Wrong'" "New Competitors and Hybrid…

  • Spring 1995

    Keeping In Touch

    How the Media Can Connect With the Public "The Louisville Courier-Journal" by David Hawpe "The Chicago Tribune" by George Langford "The Portland Oregonian" by Sandy…


  • Winter 1994

    Judgmental Journalism

    "Judgmental Reporting" by John Herbers "Expert Reporting" by Lou Ureneck "Double Platooning Sports" by Dave Smith "A Voice for the Voiceless" by Ellen Schneider "'Erase…

  • Fall 1994

    Reviving the Labor Beat

    "The Old and Future Labor Beat" by Murray Seeger "Can American Media Tell the New Labor Story?" by Peter Pestillo "The Growing Problem of Workplace…

  • Summer 1994

    Can Journalists Shape the New Technologies?

    Toward a New Journalists' Agenda: Responding to Emerging Technological and Economic Realities—A Nieman Conference EXCERPTS FROM PROCEEDINGS "Introductory Remarks" "Case Studies" "Who is a…

  • Spring 1994

    Ethics On Trial

    Major Issues "Surrender of the Gatekeepers" by David Shaw "Tab Rags Face Gags" by Christina Lamb "Who Cares About the Truth" by Michael J. O'Neill…


  • Winter 1993

    Covering Health Issues

    "We've Come a Long Way Since Blue Cross" by Victor Cohn "Confessions of a First-Year Medical Writer" by Sheryl Stolberg "Tsunami, Wavelets and Medical News"…

  • Fall 1993

    Harrison E. Salisbury

    "A Memorial" by Bill Kovach "Remembering Harrison" Tributes "A Pilgrim's Unending Quest for Truth" by Harrison Salisbury "Japan's Feisty New Press" by T.R. Reid "Scouts…

  • Summer 1993

    God In The Newsroom

    "Constraints of the Religion Reporter" by Peter Steinfels "We Don't Get It Right" by William Freehoff "Why God Didn't Die" by Harvey Cox "Challenge of…

  • Spring 1993

    America's Children

    "A Voice for Children" by Melissa Ludtke "Television's Opportunity" by Dan Amundson "The Local Beat" by Carol Kreck "Students Get Short Shrift" by Dale Mezzacappa…








  • Winter 1986

    The Temper of the British Press

    "Between the Lines" by Tenney B.K. Lehman "The Temper of the British Press" by Bernard Ingham "La Prensa: A Barometer of Freedom" by Violeta Chamorro…

  • Fall 1986

    People's Education for People's Power

    "People's Education for People's Power" by Zwelakhe Sisulu "Telling it like it Is" by Donald Trelford "Address Before The American Society of Newspaper Editors" by…

  • Summer 1986

    The Noted Few

    "Remember to Remember" by Tenney B. K. Lehman "The Noted Few" by Stephen Hess "Searching for a Proper Perspective" by Mike Pride "Ombudsman" by Sam…

  • Spring 1986


    "Progeny by Pring" by Tenney B. K. Lehman "Common Ground by J. Anthony Lukas" by Martin Linsky "Racial Attitudes in America by Howard Schuman, Charlotte…



  • Winter 1984

    A Keyhole View: the Press and the Campaign

    "Conscience at the Crossroads" by Tenney B. K. lehman "A Keyhole View: the Press and the Campaign" by Murray Seeger "K-9 Justice, Philadelphia Style" by…

  • Fall 1984

    Out Of The Press

    "Out of the Press" by Tenney B. K. Lehman "The Power and the Press" by Eric Sevareid "Hazards on the Way to Glitter" by Bruce…

  • Summer 1984


    "Freed Without Freedom" by Tenney B. K. Lehman "Bangaladesh" by Derrick Zane Jackson and Michelle Diane Holmes "Ethics In Journalism" "Quality News Versus Junk News"…

  • Spring 1984

    Cold Warriors In The Classroom

    "Cry Havoc" by Tenney B. K. Lehman "Cold Warriors in the Classroom" by Jack Burby "The Critical Role of the Press: Issues of Democracy" by…






  • Winter 1979

    Dedication of Walter Lippmann House

    "Lippman, Conant, Nieman: A Lasting Alliance" by Louis M. Lyons "Dedication of Walter Lippmann House: A Celebration of Good Fortune" "A CBS News Special Report:…

  • Fall 1979

    Games Presidents Play

    "IPI: A Weather Report" by Tenney K. Lehman "Games Presidents Play: Covering The White House" by Frank Van Riper "The Public Counsel" by Tom Wicker…

  • Summer 1979

    Special Issue on Women and Journalism

    "The Nieman Fellowship: Reflections From the First Two Women" by Mary Ellen Leary and Charlotte FitzHenry "Yes Virginia, There is an Agnes" by Jerome Aumente…

  • Spring 1979

    Of Ants and Men

    "The Hong Kong Formula" by James C. Thomson Jr. "Of Ants and Men" by E. O. Wilson "Nonwhite America: The Unseen Environment" by Robert C.…


  • Winter 1978

    Siege: A Striker's Diary

    "Guest Editorial: Coming Home" by Obed Kunene "Siege: A Striker's Diary" by Edward C. Norton "Good News, Bad News" by Edwin Diamond "An Unlikely Journalist"…

  • Fall 1978

    China Sweet and Sour

    "Nieman at Forty" "China Sweet and Sour" by Jerome Alan Cohen "The Problem Isn't Bias" by George F. Will "South Africa and Unjustified, Counter-productive Foreign…

  • Summer 1978

    Finding Truth in the Classics

    "Press Freedom: An Update from Down Under" by James C. Thomson Jr. "Finding Truth in the Classics" by John H. Finley "Covering the Real Politics"…

  • Winter 1977 - Spring 1978

    On the Bakke Case

    "Louis M. Lyons on James B. Conant" "On the Bakke Case" by Paul Freund "Journalistic Ethics: Some Probings by a Media Keeper" by James C.…



  • Winter 1976 - Spring 1977

    America's Capacity to Think

    "Guest Editorial: The Nature of Political Liberty" by Vermont Royster "America's Capacity to Think" by Karl Deutsch "Hungary: Twenty Years Later" by Ron Javers "Report…

  • Fall 1976

    Whales and Minnows

    "Guest Editorial: Eureka! Free at Last to Be A Jimmy, a Real Jimmy!" by Jimmy Thomson "Whales and Minnows" by Nicholas Daniloff "TV Techniques: The…

  • Summer 1976

    Another Look At South Africa

    "Editorial: Black Rage in South Africa" "U.S. Interests in Southern Africa" by Benjamin Pogrund "International Reporting: An Innovation" by Stanley Karnow "French-American Journalists' Conference" by…

  • Spring 1976

    "Cantankerous, Obstinate, Ubiquitous": The Press

    "Editorial: Media-Law Conflicts: Is There a Solution?" "'Cantankerous, Obstinate, Ubiquitous': The Press" by Anthony Lewis "Reporting in the Wild West" by William Pinkerton "Kidnapping, Terrorism,…


  • Fall - Winter 1975

    Focus on South Africa

    "Editorial: Why South Africa?" "News: Type and/or Tube" by William Leonard and Richard Wald Section I—Focus on South Africa "The Practice of Journalism" by Benjamin…

  • Summer 1975

    Reporting the Revolution

    "Reporting the Revolution" by Alex Keyssar "Reflections on Robert Frost" by Kathleen J. Morrison and Theodore Morrison "Adding to Misunderstanding Between the Media and the…

  • Spring 1975

    Type and Tube

    "Guest Editorial: How fares the US press? Very well indeed!" by Mary McGrory "Type and Tube" by David Ives, Richard Salant and Richard Wald "Notes…





  • Winter 1971

    Of Time and the Critics

    "When Music Sings the Praises of Freedom" by Walter Monfried "Of Time and the Critics" by Herbert Kupferberg "The First Amendment Includes Television" by Reuven…

  • Fall 1971

    White Newsmen and Black Critics

    "The Xerox and the Pentagon" by Herbert Kupferherg "White Newsmen and Black Critics" by Lawrence Schneider "Invisible Maps" by Roger Tatarian "A Case for the…

  • Summer 1971

    Jefferson and The Press

    "Liberty will have died a little" by Archibald Cox "Jefferson and the Press" by George Chaplin "The Big Ones of Australian Journalism" by W. Sprague…

  • Spring 1971

    After Keith Davey - What?

    "Editors Fisher and Royster 'Retire'" by Roy M. Fisher and Vermont Royster "After Keith Davey — What?" by T. Joseph Scanlon "The World Flow of…




  • Winter 1968

    Pressures on the Press

    "Pressures on the Press" by Dr. Frank Stanton "How to Cooperate" by Howard C. Cleavinger "How to Fight Back" by William B. Dickinson "Ralph McGill…

  • Fall 1968

    The Editorial Page

    "The Editorial Page" by John B. Oakes "Truth Is in the ·Eye of the Beholder" by Wes Gallagher "A Passing Witness at Harvard University" by…

  • Summer 1968

    A Newspaper's Role Between the Riots

    "A Newspaper's Role Between the Riots" by Philip E. Meyer "Ralph McGill: More Like a Teacher" by Cal M. Logue "Journalism Teaching in a Liberal…

  • Spring 1968

    To Speak One's Mind

    "To Speak One's Mind" by John S. Knight "Society's Lonesome End" by Wes Gallagher "The Isle is Full of Noises" by Sir William Haley "lzzy…






  • Winter 1963

    The Newsmen's War in Vietnam

    "Censors and Their Tactics" by Jack Nelson "The Newsmen's War in Vietnam" by Stanley Karnow "Advertising in Russia—Now a Necessity" by Faith I. Popkin "What…

  • Fall 1963

    The Publishers and the Teamsters

    "No Effective Forum" by Fred Zimmerman "The Publishers and the Teamsters" by Murray Seeger "Musings of an Ex-Education Writer" by Ford W. Cleere "Why Newspapering…

  • Summer 1963

    Vietnam: American Dilemma

    "Prune Journalism Schools" by Norval Neil Luxon "Vietnam: New American Dilemma" by Francois Sully "Finding Reporters in New York State" by Kay Lockridge "Our Infirm…

  • Spring 1963

    The News Management Issue

    "The Feel Of The Facts" by Richard Hauer Costa "The News Management Issue: As Washington News Men See It" by Bruce Galphin The Symposium: "Look…


  • Winter 1962

    Managing the News

    "Press and President" by Louis M. Lyons "Managing the News" by Clark R. Mollenhoff "President Vs. Press" "In The Public Interest" by Saul Friedman "Cellist…

  • Summer 1962

    How Australia Broadcasts the News

    "News for a Nation: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation" by Robert B. Rhode "More Esteem for the Omaha Milkman" by Alfred Friendly "What's Happened to "Color"…

  • Spring 1962

    Reporter in the Deep South

    "The Security Dilemma" by Clark R. Mollenhoff "The Reporter in the Deep South" by John Herbers "The Trouble with Sunday Papers" by William A. Hachten…


  • Winter 1961

    Special Issue on Africa

    "The New Africans …" by Lewis Nkosi "Congo: Reporter's Nightmare" by Henry Tanner "The English Press Under Apartheid" by Aubry Sussens "The Afrikaans Press: Voice…

  • Fall 1961

    The Press Lives by Disclosures

    "Trial by Newspaper: The Supreme Court Rebukes the Press" "The Press in the Cuban Fiasco" by Dom Bonafede "The Press Lives by Disclosures" by Joseph…

  • Summer 1961

    Strike News

    "Test of Educators" by John M. Harrison "Strike New - Why the Panic Button?" by Joseph A. Loftus "The Disappearing Cuban Daily" by Marvin Alisky…

  • Spring 1961

    Values of an Editor

    "The Campaign on TV" by Robert C. Smith "The Values of An Editor" by Ralph McGill "The Change-Over in Washington: A Correspondent Estimates the Prospects"…


  • Winter 1960

    The Booming Regional Papers

    "True Role of Today's Newspapers" by Malcolm Bauer "Reporting from Hong Kong: Snaring the Dragon from Afar" by Stanley Karnow "The Booming Regional Papers" by…

  • Fall 1960

    The Public Trial and the Free press

    "The Public Trial and the Free Press" by Justice William O. Douglas "The First Thomas L. Stokes Award" by Louis M. Lyons "Newspapermen and Lawyers"…

  • Summer 1960

    Straw Polls

    "Watching the Watchmen" by John Cogley "Straw Polls: Reporting in Breadth" by Ralph Otwell "A Labor Editor on the Labor Press" by John Cooper "The…

  • Spring 1960

    What's News

    "Editors Plan Study of New England Papers" "The Guys on the Opposition" by Desmond Stone "What's News" by Herbert Brucker "The Quiet Thunderer: The Times…



  • Winter 1958

    The Paper Curtain of Washington

    "Colorado's 'Little Nieman' Plan" by Houstoun Waring "The Paper Curtain of Washington" by John B. Oakes "It Is The Editors Who Need Educating in Science"…

  • Fall 1958

    Secrecy, Security and Freedom

    "Secrecy, Security and Freedom" by J. R. Wiggins "The Surrender of Privacy" by Anthony Harrigan "The Triumph of Trivia" by William L. Rivers "Attribution of…

  • Summer 1958

    The Little Rock Story

    "The Newspaper Job" by Simmons Fentress "The Story Behind Little Rock" Was Its Meaning Lost in Reporting Its Drama?" by Harry S. Ashmore "Desegregation and…

  • Spring 1958

    Bernard Devoto

    "'Basic Issues in the News:' Columbia Opens a New Journalism Course" "DeVoto — A Memoir" by A. B. Guthrie "Twenty Years of Nieman Fellowships" by…




  • Winter 1955

    Why Do They Leave?

    "Why Do They Leave?: The Personnel Problem on Newspapers" by Norman E. Isaacs "'Make it Indespensable:' The San Diego Union Answers the Question: How to…

  • Fall 1955

    The "Monopoly" Newspaper

    "Facing up to the 'Monopoly' Charge" by Paul Block, Jr. "The American Press: A Canadian View" by R. A. Farquharson "Science and Journalism" by August…

  • Summer 1955

    See It Then: Tomorrow's TV Journalism

    "See It Then: Notes on Television Journalism" by Robert Drew "Rewrite Man: An Office Memo on Robert B. Peck of the New York Herald Tribune"…

  • Spring 1955

    Press of the NATO Countries

    "Ten Commandments of Journalism" by Doris Fleeson "Latin American News in the U.S. Press" by George Chaplin "Cervi's Weekly" by Houstoun Waring "The Individual Papers…







  • Winter 1949

    Should Newspapers Crusade?

    "Not Only Evil But—" by Ernest H. Linford "Turnover Among Newsmen: A Small Sample" by William M. Pinkerton "'Should Newspapers Campaign?' Answer: Yes" by George…

  • Fall 1949

    Two Great Editors

    "Get Writing" by Samuel E. Morison "Reporting On Foreign Affairs" by James B. Reston "Are Weeklies Uneconomic?" by Charles T. Duncan "The Peiping Case: How…

  • Summer 1949

    Freedom from Contempt

    "Strong Points For Freedom" by James B. Conant "News At The Legislature" by Richard L. Neuberger "The Anatomy of the Crusading Reporter" by Mike Gorman…

  • Spring 1949

    The Full Dimensions of the News

    "A Newspaper 'Court'" by Arthur H. Sulzberger "The Full Dimensions of the News" by James S. Pope "The Country Weekly Dream Is Real" by Houstoun…


  • Winter 1948

    The Country Weekly Dream

    "To Insure Independence" by Eugene Meyer "The Nieman Fellows" by Louis M. Lyons "The Country Weekly Dream" by Fitzhugh Turner "How An Editor Uses Lay…

  • Fall 1948

    Reporter in the Bear's Den

    "The Hallmark of a Profession" by Vannevar Bush "Reporter in the Bear's Den" by Harry Martin "Newspaperman's Journalism School" by T. E. Kruglak "Editorial Writing…

  • Summer 1948

    A Publisher Speaks His Mind

    "An Unpurchasable Soul" by Josephus Daniels "The MacArthur Censorship" by Robert P. (Pepper) Martin "A Publisher Speaks His Mind" by W. R. Ronald "Does the…

  • Spring 1948

    Why Worry About Monopolies?

    "Lucius W. Nieman: A Biographical Sketch" by Irving Dilliard "Why Worry About Newspaper Monopolies?" by Forrest W. Seymour "Enzymes And Headlines: Some Problems Of Reporting…