Tag Archives: Nieman Foundation

Audio storytelling

This is great–as much for the audio journalists out there as those who listen to them:


Unleashing Storytellers

In 2005-2006 I was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. One of my fellow fellows was veteran Boston Globe foreign correspondent Charlie Sennott. He’s since left the Globe to co-found Global News Enterprises, an ambitious new web-based experiment in foreign reporting. “We’re trying to unleash storytellers to go tell stories,” says Charlie.  Here’s some videotape of him talking about the project and an interview with him by Chris O’Brien of Next Newsroom.  Can’t wait to see the website properly launched next year. Good luck Charlie!

Story Ideas

A good conference is a boon for reporters; I came away from a day at the Nieman Foundation with a handful of story ideas and lots of new sources to pester. There was some of the usual tension between scholars and journalists–academics often feel news coverage is too simplistic and without enough context; we journalists try to explain the constraints under which we operate. But it’s always good to be reminded of the blinders one might have in approaching a story. Lots more to say on this but no time today as I pack for Bosnia. 

Religion and Human Rights

I’m off to an intriguing conference at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard today called Reporting Global Conflict: Uncovering the Link Between Religion and Human Rights. It’s a chance for journalists to sit down with scholars to think about the ways in which religion and human rights intersect and sometimes collide. The organizers say they have two goals:

1) To educate journalists on the basics of the human rights framework and legislation and how they relate to and are interpreted within the Abrahamic religions.

2) To engage scholars, leaders, advocates and journalists in a frank, constructive discussion of the roles religion, human rights legislation and the media each play in securing, protecting or violating human rights.


Sounds good. I’ll let you know how it is.