Articles by Ann Marie Lipinski

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    New Knight Visiting Nieman Fellows: Journalism needs everyone’s help

    March 25, 2015 by Ann Marie Lipinski

    New Knight Visiting Nieman Fellows: Journalism needs everyone’s help

    Ann Marie Lipinski is curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, she previously served as editor/senior VP of the Chicago Tribune and senior lecturer/VP for civic engagement at the University of Chicago. She is a trustee of the Poynter Institute and former co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

    For 77 years, the idea of a Nieman Foundation fellowship was elegantly simple: We give you an academic year at Harvard; you repay journalism with your expanded knowledge and outlook. As a Nieman Fellow myself, I can say the experience remains the single most important contribution to my journalistic development.

    But much had changed about journalism when I returned to Harvard as Nieman curator almost four years ago. Not every journalist who would make an awesome Nieman Fellow is ready to spend a full academic year at Harvard or has a goal that would merit that commitment. And not everyone whose work is having an impact on the future of news is a journalist. That’s long been true of publishers and media company owners, but now developers, entrepreneurs, academics and others are increasingly influential in the news ecosystem — sometimes because they’re building the tools journalists use and the organizations that they work for.