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The Nieman Foundation for Journalism was established at Harvard University in  1938 under a bequest of Agnes Wahl Nieman in memory of her husband Lucius, founder and long-time publisher of The Milwaukee Journal.


Mrs. Nieman made her gift " . . . to promote and elevate the standards of journalism . . . and educate persons deemed especially qualified for journalism . . . ."


The foundation administers the nation's oldest midcareer fellowship program for journalists. Each year 12 American and 12 international journalists come to Harvard University for a year of academic study. Since 1938, more than 1,000 American and international journalists have studied at Harvard as part of the fellowship program.


In addition to the fellowships and publishing the quarterly magazine Nieman Reports, the Nieman Foundation is also the home of the Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism and the Nieman Watchdog Project to encourage reporters and editors to monitor and hold accountable those who exert power in all aspects of public life.


To contact the Nieman Foundation or to visit the foundation's Web site go to:

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University
Lippmann House
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Cambridge, MA 02138 U.S.A.
Telephone: (617) 495-2237
Fax: (617) 495-8976

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