Nieman Foundation names five visiting fellows for 2014

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The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard has selected five journalists as visiting fellows for the 2014 calendar year. Each will spend a short period of time at Harvard University to work on a project designed to enhance journalism in some unique way.

Taylor Goldenstein, a recent graduate of the University of Illinois’s journalism program, will work on a website that will provide a forum for college journalists to converse and collaborate and offer advice from professional critics.

Samar Halarnkar, a writer and former managing editor of the Hindustan Times, will study ways to build an inexpensive model for mobile phone-based public interest journalism in which journalists, nonjournalistic organizations, and readers can collaborate on investigations.

Tina Pamintuan, the director of radio projects and initiatives at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, will research and develop a plan for a mobile app that will enable ethnic radio stations across the United States to reach more audiences and share programming.

Allissa Richardson, an assistant professor of journalism at Bowie State University, will work on developing a mobile journalism MOOC project, a free online educational resource that will teach veteran journalists, citizens and journalism students how to report news using only tablets, MP3 players, or smartphones.

David Smydra, who works on Google’s news partnerships team, will develop an industrywide method for organizing future news events into structured data that will be accessible via an open, collaborative calendar.