Stephen Maher, national columnist and investigative reporter at Postmedia News, is the twenty third recipient for the Martin Wise Goodman Canaidan Niemal Fellowship at Harvard University. He accepted the award at the 2015 CJF Awards. View the acceptance speech.

May 15, 2015 -  The trustees of the Martin Wise Goodman Trust announce that Stephen Maher, national columnist and investigative reporter at Postmedia News, Ottawa, has been awarded the twenty third Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University.

This fellowship is funded by a publicly subscribed permanent endowment in memory of Martin Wise Goodman, late President of Toronto Star Newspapers Limited. Stephen will join ten other foreign journalists and thirteen American journalists in the 78th class of Nieman Fellows at Harvard University. The fellowship carries a stipend for living expenses and payment of fees to Harvard University.

"I'm humbled and overwhelmed to learn that I will represent Martin Goodman’s legacy and Postmedia News at Harvard as a Goodman fellow. I hope to make the most of this amazing opportunity to contribute to Canadian political journalism in the years ahead." Mr. Maher said after an eight member Selection Committee awarded him the biennial fellowship. While at Harvard Mr. Maher will study the use of surveillance by the countries of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, examining abuses and privacy violations that take place in the absence of effective civilian oversight.

Stephen Maher is a columnist with Postmedia News in Ottawa. He has been covering national politics on Parliament Hill since 2004, often writing about corruption and electoral wrongdoing. In 2012, after he and a colleague uncovered a telephone voter suppression campaign, he won several journalism awards, including a Michener Award, a National Newspaper Award and the Canadian Hillman Prize. He began his career in journalism in 1989 as a reporter for a weekly newspaper in Newfoundland, and previously worked as an editor, political reporter and restaurant critic for Halifax's Chronicle Herald. He has travelled to Haiti and Afghanistan on assignment. He published a political thriller, Deadline, in 2013.

The Nieman Fellowships were established for American journalists in 1938 in memory of Lucius W. Nieman, founder of the Milwaukee Journal. It provides for a year of study for working journalists in any department of Harvard University as well as a seminar program. Previously, thirteen Canadian journalists had gone to Harvard on this program under other funding, including Martin Goodman (Nieman fellow class of '62).

The first twenty-two recipients of the Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowships were as follows: Paul Knox of the Globe and Mail, Gregory Weston of the Ottawa Citizen, Mary Lou Finlay of CBC Radio Toronto, Jamie Lamb of the Vancouver Sun, Jonathon Ferguson of the Toronto Star, Jennifer Lewington of the Globe and Mail, Tom Regan of the Halifax Daily News, Joe Hall of the Toronto Star, Terry Gilbert of the Calgary Herald, Paul Carvalho of CBC TV News Montreal, Laura Eggerston of Canadian Press, Bonnie Lafave of CBC TV Toronto, Jim Meek of the Halifax Herald, Laura Lynch of CBC Radio Vancouver, Paule Robitaille of CBC Latin American Bureau, John Geddes of Maclean’s Magazine, Christian Rioux of Le Devoir, Bill Schiller of the Toronto Star, James Baxter of the Edmonton Journal, Jana Juginovic of CTV, David Skok of and Laura-Julie Perreault of La Presse.

This year’s Canadian Nieman Fellowship Selection committee consisted of Mary Lou Finlay, formerly of the CBC; Malcolm Kirk, president of The Canadian Press; John Honderich, Chair of Torstar; Douglas Knight, President of St. Joseph Media; David Skok, Managing Editor/Digital, & General Manager,, The Boston Globe; Jonathan Goodman, Vice Chair of Deloitte and Chair of the Canadian Nieman Fellowship, Lauren Goodman, Administrator of the Canadian Nieman Fellowship and Janis Goodman, wife of the late Martin Goodman.

“The committee was very impressed with Stephen, his body of work, and his aspirations for the future” said Mr. Goodman. “We are excited to have someone of Stephen’s stature represent Canada in the Nieman program this coming year.”

For any further information, contact Lauren Goodman at or 416-878-9777


About the Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University

One Nieman Fellowship for a Canadian journalist to study at Harvard University will be awarded to a successful applicant as a result of funding by the Martin Wise Goodman Trust to the Nieman Foundation for Journalism.

Nieman Fellowships at Harvard University provide a mid-career opportunity for journalists to study and broaden their intellectual horizons.  Fellows are free to enroll in graduate and undergraduate courses at the university and to participate in a wide-ranging extracurricular program to discuss contemporary issues with distinguished figures from journalism, business, education, and other professions as well as from the arts, public service and academia.

The fellowship will be granted for the academic year (September to June) and covers the cost of attending Harvard University and a stipend for living expenses.

There are no educational prerequisites for a Nieman Fellowship; nor do fellows receive either course credits or a degree for work done during the Nieman year.

Application is made by the individual journalist.  To qualify for consideration as the Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellow, applicants:

    - Must be Canadian citizens;
    - All applicants, including freelancers must be working journalists. Photojournalists, editorial cartoonists, columnists, filmmakers and broadcast producers are also eligible to apply;
    - Must have had at least five years of  full-time or freelance professional experience in journalism;
    - When appropriate, must obtain their employer’s consent for a leave of absence for the academic year;
    - Must have a fluent knowledge of spoken and written English as required by Harvard University.

The deadline for completed applications for the 2015-2016 academic year is February 3, 2015.  The selection will be announced in May.

Further information and application forms may be obtained from:  
Lauren Goodman

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Laura-Julie Perrault of La Presse was the recipient of the 2013 Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship. Read more about the recipient.

David Skok, director of digital at Global News, was the recipient of the 2011-2012 fellowship. Read the Nieman Reports Fall 2012 cover story about Breaking News-- David Skok's report in collaboration with Clayton M. Christensen, professor at  Harvard Business School and James Allworth, a fellow at the Forum for Growth and Innovation at Harvard Business School--which applies the lessons of disruptive innovation to the media industry.

Read about Skok's experience in Finding a Way Forward.