The Nieman 80

On the 80th anniversary of the Nieman Foundation, Nieman Fellows reflect on the journalism that’s left an indelible mark on them and their careers

 
Nieman curator Ann Marie Lipinski: The global curriculum that’s shaped generations of journalists
POWER:
Uncovering Corruption and Abuse in Government and Beyond
Julia Keller, NF ’98 on The Soviet State, Born of a Dream, Dies By Serge Schmemann The New York Times, Dec. 26, 1991
Dolly Katz, NF ’77 on Boys Town—America’s Wealthiest City? By staff of Omaha Sun Omaha Sun, March 30, 1972
Naomi Darom, NF ’16 on No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies By Naomi Klein
Fungai Tichawangana, NF ’16 on The Emperor’s new clods: political cartoons from Zimbabwe (’98 - ’05) By Tony Namate
Katherine Fulton, NF ’93 on America in Our Time By Godfrey Hodgson
Jason Grotto, NF ’15 on The Great Tax Giveaway By Don Barlett and James Steele The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 10, 1988
Laura Lynch, NF ’00 on The Champions Written and directed by Donald Brittain
Yvonne van der Heijden, NF ’86 on Lead Story By Günter Wallraff
Jerrold Schecter, NF ’64 on Khrushchev Remembers By Nikita S. Khrushchev
Chong-ae Lee, NF ’13 on What’s Happening to the Combat Policemen? Produced by Hee Jun Yoo and Chong-ae Lee Aired on Seoul Broadcasting System, Nov. 29, 2002
David Hawpe, NF ’75 on The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York By Robert Caro
Stan Grossfeld, NF ’92 on Minamata By W. Eugene Smith Life magazine, June 2, 1972
James S. Doyle, NF ’65 on The Dark Side By Jane Mayer
Morton Mintz, NF ’64 on his ‘Heroine’ of FDA Keeps Bad Drug Off Market The Washington Post, July 15, 1962
Bill Kovach, NF ’89 on Lyndon Johnson Lets the Office Boy Declare War By I.F. Stone
Paula Molina, NF ’13 on Radio Cooperativa Chile, under General Augusto Pinochet’s regime, 1973-1990
Claudia Méndez Arriaza, NF ’12 on Murder Comes for the Bishop By Francisco Goldman The New Yorker, March 15, 1999
Michael Fitzgerald, NF ’11 on I Saw Hitler! By Dorothy Thompson Cosmopolitan, March 1932
Wenxin Fan, NF ’16 on Who Owns Luneng? By Li Qiyan and Wang Xiaobing Caijing Magazine, Jan. 6, 2007
María Ramírez, NF ’18 on The Money Shot By Susan Faludi The New Yorker, Oct. 30, 1995
Carlos Eduardo Huertas, NF ’12 on The Amazon Timber Trafficking Trail By Nelly Luna Amancio and Priscila Hernández Connectas, Nov. 3, 2017
Steve Oney, NF ’82 on Quitting the Paper By Paul Hemphill Southern Voices, 1974
Kalpana Jain, NF ’09 on Reinventing Displacement By Sheela Barse The Hindu, July 1, 2005
Tangeni Amupadhi, NF ’07 on Geingob’s Tax-Free Furniture By Shinovene Immanuel The Namibian, March 16, 2018
Andreas Harsono, NF ’00 on The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect By Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel
Christopher Weyant, NF ’16 on Watch out for the backswing, kid By Pat Oliphant The Washington Post, Sept. 17, 2001
Jieqi Luo, NF ’15 on The Death of Detainee Sun Zhigang By Chen Feng and Wang Lei Southern Metropolis Daily, April 24, 2003
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RACE:
Looking at Bias and Listening to Seldom-Heard Voices
Lisa Stone, NF ’02 on The Project Diane Report 2016: The Real Unicorns of Tech: Black Women By Kathryn Finney with Marlo Rencher digitalundivided, February 2016
Harald Pakendorf, NF ’69 on Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White By Joe Lelyveld Times Books, 1985
Maria Henson, NF ’94 on The Ghosts of 1898: Wilmington’s Race Riot and the Rise of White Supremacy By Timothy B. Tyson The News & Observer, Nov. 17, 2006
Phillip Martin, NF ’98 on Countdown to Freedom: 10 Days That Changed South Africa Directed by Danny Schechter
Written by Danny Schechter and Rory O’Connor
Released October 1994
Nicholas Quah, NF ’17 on What a Fraternity Hazing Death Revealed About the Painful Search for an Asian-American Identity By Jay Caspian Kang The New York Times Magazine, Aug. 9, 2017
Amy Webb, NF ’15 on Machine Bias By Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Surya Mattu, and Lauren Kirchner ProPublica
Tim Giago, NF ’91 on The Missions of California: A Legacy of Genocide By Rupert Costo and Jeannette Costo Indian Historian Press, 1978
Rick Tulsky, NF ’89 on Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families By J. Anthony Lukas Alfred A. Knopf, 1985
Conroy Chino, NF '84 on Surviving Columbus: The Story of the Pueblo People Taped by KNME-TV and the Institute of American Indian Arts
Directed by Diane Reyna
Hosted by Conroy Chino
Aired on PBS Oct. 12, 1992
Megan O’Grady, NF ’12 on Addy Walker, The American Girl By Brit Bennett The Paris Review, May 28, 2015
Tara Pixley, NF ’16 on Beyond 7 Billion: Fertility Rates Fall, But Global Population Explosion Goes On By Kenneth R. Weiss Los Angeles Times, July 22, 2012
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CONFLICT:
Chronicling War, Genocide, and the Human Cost
Paul Lieberman, NF ’80 on Red Star Over China By Edgar Snow Left Book Club, 1937
Robert H. Giles, NF ’66 on The Death of Captain Waskow By Ernie Pyle
Alisa Sopova, NF ’17 on The Beilis Case: The Jury Has Replied By Vladimir Korolenko Russkiye Vedomosti, Oct. 29, 1913
Robert Socha, NF ’17 on 1920 Diary By Isaac Babel (edited by Carol J. Avins, translated by H. T. Willetts)
Abdul Waheed Wafa, NF ’11 on Where Buddhas Fell, Lives Lie in Ruins Too By Barry Bearak The New York Times, Dec. 9, 2001
Nina Bernstein, NF ’84 on The Death Camps of Bosnia By Roy Gutman New York Newsday, Aug. 2, 1992
Dina Temple-Raston, NF ’14 on Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-1945 By Barbara W. Tuchman
Georg Diez, NF ’17 on Dispatches By Michael Herr Alfred A. Knopf, 1977
Victor McElheny, NF ’63 on H-Bomb Can Wipe Out Any City, Strauss Reports After Tests By William L. Laurence The New York Times, April 1, 1954
Wahyu Dhyatmika, NF ’15 on The Act of Killing Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer Produced by Werner Herzog and Errol Morris Released Sept. 1, 2012
Steve Northup, NF ’74 on Up Front By Bill Mauldin Henry Holt and Company, Inc., 1945
Linda Robinson, NF ’01 on Winners & Losers: Battles, Retreats, Gains, Losses, and Ruins from the Vietnam War By Gloria Emerson Random House, 1976
Johanna van Eeden, NF ’15 on Bystanders to Genocide By Samantha Power The Atlantic, Sept. 2001
Michael Petrou, NF ’18 on Homage to Catalonia By George Orwell
Bill Marimow, NF ’83 on Grief and Animosity in an Embassy Haven By Sydney H. Schanberg The New York Times, May 9, 1975
Alison MacAdam, NF ’14 on The Vietnam Tapes of Lance Corporal Michael A. Baronowski Produced by Christina Egloff with Jay Allison for the series “Lost and Found Sound” broadcast on NPR Aired on NPR’s “All Things Considered”
April 21, 2000
Emily O’Reilly, NF ’88 on Lost Lives: The Stories of the Men, Women and Children who Died as a Result of the Northern Ireland Troubles By David McKittrick, Seamus Kelters, Brian Feeney and Chris Thornton
Gary Knight, NF ’10 on Vietnam Inc. By Philip Jones Griffiths Collier Macmillan, 1971
Maciek Nabrdalik, NF ’17 on The Enemy By Karim Ben Khelifa World premiere May 2017 at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris
Ray Jenkins, NF ’65 on Hiroshima By John Hersey The New Yorker, Aug. 31, 1946
Stuart Watson, NF ’08 on That 2,000 Yard Stare By Tom Lea Originally published July 11, 1945, Life magazine
Wonbo Woo, NF ’16 on The Story Behind Saddam Hussein’s Fallen Statue By Robert Krulwich, Justine Schiro, and Charlie Marcus ABC News, “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings,” April 9, 2003
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PEOPLE:
Telling Stories About Individuals, Remarkable and Ordinary
Mary Meehan, NF ’16 on Seattle Slew ’em in the Stretch By Jim Bolus and Billy Reed The Courier-Journal & Times, May 8, 1977
Lorie Conway, NF ’94 on Searching for Sugar Man Directed by Malik Bendjelloul Released Jan. 19, 2012
Mary Jordan, NF ’90 on Mrs. Kelly’s Monster By Jon Franklin The Baltimore Evening Sun, Dec. 12, 1978
Lolly Bowean, NF ’17 on FIRST BORN, FAST GROWN: The Manful Life of Nicholas, 10 By Isabel Wilkerson The New York Times, April 4, 1993
Ana Lourdes Cárdenas, NF ’01 on Enrique’s Journey
Chapter 1: The Boy Left Behind
By Sonia Nazario Los Angeles Times, a six-part series, Sept. 29, 2002
Anita Harris, NF ’82 on Harvest of Shame Produced by Fred W. Friendly, Edward R. Murrow, and David Lowe Aired on CBS Nov. 25, 1960
Edward Wong, NF ’18 and Jo Thomas, NF ’71 on Slouching Towards Bethlehem By Joan Didion
Clarence Jones, NF ’64 on On The Road: John Brown’s Raid at Harpers Ferry By Charles Kuralt Aired on CBS News, June 25, 1976
Gabe Bullard, NF ’15 on Serial
Season 1, Episode 1: The Alibi
Co-created and co-produced by Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder Available for download Oct. 3, 2014
Joshua Prager, NF ’11 on A Night to Remember: The Classic Account of the Final Hours of the Titanic By Walter Lord Henry Holt and Company, 1955
Michelle Boorstein, NF ’17 on Next of Kin By David Finkel The Washington Post, Oct. 22, 2000
Pamela Spaulding, NF ’85 on Farm Security Administration Commissioned by U.S. government 1935-1944
Jeneé Osterheldt, NF ’17 on Jay-Z: The Life By Dream Hampton Vibe, Dec. 1998
Bruce Stannard, NF ’83 on Newport Goes Mad for Bond By Bruce Stannard The Age, Sept. 28, 1983
Eli Reed, NF ’83 on Visit to a Spanish Village By W. Eugene Smith Life magazine, April 9, 1951
Nancy Webb, NF ’84 on Birth, Marriage, Death By Billy Reed The Courier-Journal, Aug. 9, 1974
Subina Shrestha, NF ’17 on Everybody Loves a Good Drought: Stories from India’s Poorest Districts By P. Sainath Penguin India, 1996
Jassim Ahmad, NF ’17 on Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness Produced by Ex Nihilo, ARTE France, and AudioGaming, in co-production with Archer’s Mark Premiered January 2016
Alex S. Jones, NF ’82 on The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby By Tom Wolfe
Rami Khouri, NF ’02 on Viewing Life From the Roof By Jeffrey Fleishman Los Angeles Times, Nov. 29, 2007
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