Quezon City, 29 July 2011. John Nery, Jr., senior editor and columnist of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and editor of ACFJ’s 2006 publication entitled “Blood on their Hands,” has been selected as one of 24 journalists from the United States and abroad to join the 74th class of Nieman Fellows.
As an international Nieman Fellow in the class of 2012, Nery will have the opportunity to take a one-year study at Harvard University. He will investigate journalistic assumptions about history and, in particular, explore ways in which Southeast Asian journalists can use greater awareness of historical context to inform their work.
Nieman Foundation curator Bob Giles said “The class of 2012 includes journalists who have reported from around the globe on an extraordinarily wide range of topics and, in many cases, under dangerous circumstances. They will bring diverse interests and experiences that will enrich one another and the Harvard community. This new class of fellows holds great promise for leadership and advancing the practice of serious journalism in difficult times.”
Established in 1938, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard administers the oldest midcareer fellowship program for journalists in the world. More than 1,300 journalists from 91 countries have received Nieman Fellowships.
Nery is the first Sandra Burton Nieman Fellow. His fellowship is supported by the Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Foundation and honors the memory of journalist Sandra Burton, who reported from the Philippines for Time magazine.