The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard has selected eight journalists and media executives as Knight Visiting Nieman Fellows for the 2016 calendar year. Each will spend time at Harvard to work on an innovative project designed to advance journalism.

The visiting fellowship program was established in 2012 to invite individuals with promising journalism research proposals to take advantage of the many resources at Harvard University and the Nieman Foundation. In 2015, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation provided a $223,000 grant to support the Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships. Those eligible to apply include publishers, programmers, designers, media analysts, academics, journalists and others interested in enhancing quality, building new business models, or designing programs to improve journalism.

The 2016 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellows are:

  • Maya Baratz, most recently head of new products at Disney/ABC Television
  • David Barboza, a reporter for The New York Times who most recently served as Shanghai bureau chief
  • Bill Church, executive editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and southeast regional editor of GateHouse Media
  • Fatemah Farag, founder and CEO of Welad El Balad Media Services in Egypt
  • Walter Frick, a senior associate editor at Harvard Business Review
  • Paul McNally, a radio journalist for Wits Journalism and director of The Citizen Justice Network in South Africa
  • An Xiao Mina, director of product at Meedan
  • Tara Pixley, a freelance photojournalist

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