Nieman Foundation announces the 80th class of Nieman Fellows

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism, a leading global voice in journalism education and innovation, has selected 24 journalists as members of the Nieman class of 2018. The group includes reporters, writers, correspondents, editors, radio and television producers, a photographer, a director of audience engagement and news executives who work around the world. The new Nieman Fellows will begin an academic year of study at Harvard University this fall.

Nieman additionally is hosting 11 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellows for shorter periods throughout 2017 to work on research projects designed to advance journalism. They are supported by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The Nieman Foundation has educated more than 1,500 accomplished journalists from 96 countries since 1938. The fellowship has expanded in recent years to include new collaborative and experimental programs. In addition to taking classes during their time at Harvard, fellows attend Nieman seminars, workshops and master classes and work on their research with Harvard scholars and other leading thinkers in the Cambridge area.

U.S. Nieman Fellows in the class of 2018 and their study plans:

Tristan Ahtone, a freelance reporter and member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, will study how to improve coverage of indigenous communities with a particular focus on creating ethical guidelines, protocols and codes of conduct.

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Tristan Ahtone

Tristan Ahtone is a member of the Kiowa Tribe and serves as associate editor for tribal affairs at High Country News. He has reported for PBS NewsHour, National Native News, Wyoming Public Radio, NPR, Al Jazeera America, Indian Country Today, and National Geographic, and more. Tristan’s stories have won multiple honors, including investigative awards from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the Gannett Foundation. He additionally was awarded a Nieman Fellowship to study at Harvard University in 2017. He is president of the Native American Journalists Association.

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