ARISE anchor Adefemi Akinsanya named among 85th class of Nieman Foundation Journalism Fellows – Arise News
ARISE News international correspondent and presenter Adefemi Akinsanya has been selected alongside 23 other journalists from around the world for a year of study at Harvard University by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism.
New Nieman Fellows will work on projects regarding government suppression of journalism, control of disinformation, climate change, migration and more.
The Nieman class of 2023 includes the foundation’s first Cambodian journalist, as well as others reporting on Ukraine, Russia, Afghanistan, Turkey, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Mexico , Nigeria and Hong Kong – places where press freedom is severely restricted or under attack and in urgent need of external support.
Akinsanya reported on several landmark events, from #EndSARS protests in Nigeria to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
At Havard, she will study how the deterioration of media freedom in her country is linked to the #EndSARS protests against police brutality. She will also work to build an information management platform to expand journalism jobs and help journalists tell stories about the marginalized.
The fellows, who will begin two semesters of study in August, represent a wide range of media, from a young start-up that reports on gender to older print and broadcast newsrooms.
The group includes correspondents, an investigative reporter, a CEO, presenters, editors, a photojournalist, a producer, and newsroom managers.
They cover race, voting rights, healthcare, politics, inequality, the environment, travel, sports and other issues.
“These remarkable journalists do essential work, often under constrained or hostile circumstances, and they probe industry conventions that need to be reinvented,” said Ann Marie Lipinski, curator of the Nieman Foundation. “I am honored to welcome them to Harvard and support their research and innovation. This fellowship has enhanced the work of journalists around the world, helped strengthen democracies, and has also contributed greatly to the Harvard community. We look forward to learning from this new class.
Since 1938, the Nieman Foundation has selected more than 1,700 journalists from 100 countries for fellowships at Harvard. In addition to taking courses at the university, Scholars participate in Nieman seminars, workshops and master classes, and collaborate with leading Harvard scholars and innovators in the Cambridge area.
Below is a list of the other 23 Nieman Scholars 2023 and their study plans:
Fahim Abeda former New York Times local reporter in Kabul, Afghanistan, who was evacuated from the country after the Taliban takeover in 2021, will study migration and American history with a focus on Asian migrants to the United States. States and the integration challenges they face.
Dotun Akintoyeeditor at ESPN, will research the War on Terror and the relationship between political violence and sport, examining events such as the 1972 Munich Games, the 1996 Atlanta Games, the Sri Lanka Marathon of 2008 and the Boston Marathon of 2013.
Sheikh Sabiha Alama senior reporter who covers crime and other issues for the daily Prothom Alo in Bangladesh, will study human rights atrocities and forced migration.
Amanda BeckerWashington correspondent for The 19th, a nonprofit newsroom that reports on gender, politics and politics, will study women’s news habits to understand gender differences and gender sensitivity. disinformation and participation in anti-democratic movements.
Deborah Berrynational correspondent for USA Today covering civil rights, voting rights and politics, will explore the pivotal role African-American women have played in local and national politics, from the civil rights movement to the Black Lives Matter movement, highlighting emphasis on voter registration and the exercise of elective office.
Olga Churakovaa moscow-based freelance journalist and host of the ‘hi, you’re a foreign agent’ podcast, will explore the plight of individual journalists decried as foreign agents or public enemies by governments trying to restrict their funding, reporting and impact.
Ash Dikshiteditor of BBC News Marathi in New Delhi, will explore methods to effectively diversify newsrooms in the country to be more inclusive of caste, religion, gender and sexuality, as well as ways to improve coverage of disadvantaged communities.
Pinar ErsoyEditorial Manager of the BBC Monitoring team in Istanbul, will examine successful newsroom innovation and transformation to identify solutions that can improve the quality of journalism globally.
Darryl sucksa writer who covers climate and environmental justice for the Washington Post, will study urban planning and public health to determine how historic federal and local zoning of industrial pollution sites intersects with poor health outcomes in communities of color.
Danny Fenster, editor of Frontier Myanmar, an investigative news magazine, will explore how journalists in exile are using emerging digital tools to continue reporting on repressive regimes, as well as the impact of Western foreign policy responses to these governments on the ability of journalists to continue working. Fenster was jailed by Myanmar’s junta for nearly six months in 2021 for his reporting on military-linked businesses.
Elizabeth GoodridgeAssociate Travel Editor for The New York Times, will reimagine travel writing and reporting that responds to the environmental and societal effects of travel on the warming planet.
Angie Drobnic Holaneditor of the Poynter Institute’s Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking website PolitiFact will explore whether journalism can have a causal effect on preserving democracy, and if so, how.
Renee KaplanHead of Digital Editorial Development at the Financial Times in London, will examine a new model of decentralized journalism focused on meeting the needs of a future audience that is more diverse, technologically savvy, content-rich and institutionally independent.
Natasha KhanAsia correspondent for the Hong Kong-based Wall Street Journal, will explore the acceleration of global inequality during the pandemic and how media organizations can advance coverage of stories from developing regions.
Tanya Kozyrevaan investigative journalist based in kyiv, Ukraine, will identify US regulatory loopholes that allow criminals to use cryptocurrencies to conceal and launder billions of dollars, as well as the impact of these crimes on workers in the States United and overseas.
Romy Neumarkcreator and host of the daily TV show “Night News” and host of a radio program at Kan, Israel’s public broadcasting company, will work to develop a large-scale training program for journalists that puts emphasis on culture and inclusion of professional newsrooms.
Bopha Phhorna journalist based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, will explore how independent media organizations operating under oppressive regimes can collaborate to share information and resources to protect each other and elevate stories that matter.
Taras Prokopyshynpublisher and CEO of The Ukrainians Media in Lviv, Ukraine, will explore how to create sustainable independent media companies that deliver high-quality journalism in developing countries.
Kristofer Rios, director, multimedia journalist and producer at Muck Media, will study US media coverage of immigration and the role of empathy in reporting. It will create a framework of norms and practices to account for traditionally marginalized communities.
Moses Saman, a Spanish-American photojournalist and member of Magnum Photos, plans to explore how visual documentation of armed conflict is consumed, interpreted and, with the use of new technologies, manipulated to shape narratives.
Alex Smithhealth care reporter for Kansas City NPR station KCUR and national reporting partner of NPR-Kaiser Health News, will explore how journalists can effectively address health misinformation without spreading it further.
Ruth Tam“Dish City” podcast co-host and digital editor at WAMU in Washington, D.C., will explore how personal identity shapes journalism and research the rise of first-person writing, personal branding, and of public interest in the context of those delivering the news.
Jorge ValenciaThe World’s Latin America correspondent based in Mexico City, will explore narrative representations of migrants, with a focus on how news outlets can better portray them.
In addition to the new class members, Rebecca Richman Cohen will spend three months as a Nieman Visiting Fellow. Documentary filmmaker, founder of Racing Horse Productions and lecturer at Harvard Law School, she will examine the crisis of mass incarceration from various social science angles.
The Fellows were selected by Nieman Curator Ann Marie Lipinski and Nieman Assistant Curator James Geary with assistance from 2021 Nieman Fellow Austin Bogues, USA Today Commentary Editor.