Stephen Maher was a national columnist and investigative reporter at Postmedia News when he was named the recipient of the 2015 Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. He accepted the award at the 2015 CJF Awards. View the acceptance speech.
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 women and men in the media to study and broaden their intellectual horizons. Fellows are free to enroll in graduate and undergraduate courses of the University and to participate in an extracurricular program to discuss contemporary issues with distinguished figures from journalism, business, education, and other professions as well as from arts, public service and universities.
The Fellowship will be granted for the academic year (September to June) and will include tuition to 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 and broadcast producers are also eligible to apply;
- Must have had at least five years of full-time or freelance professional experience in the media;
- Must have a fluent knowledge of spoken and written English as required by Harvard University
All your application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be uploaded via the online application
portal by January 6, 2017.
The online application opens October 2016.
Final selection is done in Canada by the Martin Wise Goodman Trust Selection Committee.
2015 - Stephen Maher, national columnist and investigative reporter, PostMedia News
2013 - Laura-Julie Perrault, reporter, La Presse
2011 - David Skok, director of digital at Global News. 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.