Nieman Foundation Offers Journalism Awards, Fellowships, Conference

By Martha Spizziri
ASBPE Web Editor

Following is information received from the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.


The Nieman Foundation will present two journalism awards early next year:

  • The Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism. The Nieman Foundation is the new administrator of the Bingham Prize and will present the award for the first time in March 2009. The cash award has been doubled from last year’s amount to $20,000. The deadline for applications is January 9, 2009. The award honors investigative reporting of stories of national significance where the public interest is being ill-served. For more information visit:

  • The Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers encourages fairness in news coverage by daily newspapers in the United States. The application deadline is January 16, 2009. The cash prize is $10,000 for the winner and $1,000 for each of the top two finalists. Full details can be found at


The Nieman Foundation selects at least 12 U.S. and 12 international journalists for Nieman Fellowships each year. The fellowships are awarded to working journalists of accomplishment and promise who come to Harvard University for a paid year of study, seminars and special events. More than 1,300 journalists from 88 countries have received Nieman Fellowships since 1938. The application deadline for the 2009-2010 academic year is December 15, 2008 for international journalists and January 31, 2009 for U.S. journalists. More information about the Nieman Fellowship program is available at

The Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism – March 20-22, 2009

The theme for this year’s conference, the premier annual event for narrative journalists in the U.S., is “Telling True Stories in Turbulent Times.” More than 50 star speakers and hundreds of mid-career journalists will gather in Boston to celebrate the art of storytelling in every format and every medium. Online registration begins December 4 and an early-bird rate of $375 will be offered until January 15, 2009. More information can be found online at:

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