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Ben Bradlee: Good Owners Make Good Editors

Opinion October 28, 2014

Benjamin C. Bradlee, the legendary Washington Post editor who died October 21, was known for his eloquence, sharp wit, and speaking truth to power. These qualities are evident in the following stories from Nieman Reports. Bradlee was among … Read more

5 Questions for NPR Correspondent Deborah Amos

Features October 24, 2014

Deborah Amos has been reporting from war zones and sharing the stories of those affected by conflict since 1982. An international correspondent for NPR, she recently returned from covering the impact of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) … Read more

Harvard’s House of Blues

By Features October 14, 2014

Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King told Nieman Fellows about his hardscrabble beginnings and played for them one afternoon at Lippmann House back in the fall of 1980. That visit came about through the efforts of Bulgarian journalist and … Read more

5 Questions for Jill Abramson, former editor of The New York Times

Features October 6, 2014

Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson is currently teaching narrative nonfiction at Harvard, where she received her undergraduate degree in 1976. She was an investigative reporter and deputy Washington bureau chief with the Wall Street Journal from 1988 to 1997 before moving to The Times, where she served as Washington bureau chief, managing editor and, ultimately, executive editor. As a Harvard senior, Abramson was arts editor of the Harvard Independent. She met with the current class of Nieman Fellows for a discussion about female newsroom leadership, the future of foreign correspondents and the Obama administration’s legal pursuit of journalists. Read more

The Writer, Chronicler of His Time

By October 3, 2014

In his 1975 lecture, “The Journalist, a Chronicler of His Time,” Alejo Carpentier, a writer and journalist himself, made a distinction between the perspectives and roles of these two professions that are often associated with one another. Carpentier said that … Read more