Guatemalan, Colombian journalists among Harvard's 2012 class of Nieman Fellows

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard has announced the 2012 class of Nieman Fellows, including Claudia Méndez Arriaza of Guatemala's El Periódico newspaper, and Carlos Eduardo Huertas of Colombia's Revista Semana, according to the Nieman Lab.

The Nieman fellowship will bring 24 journalists from around the world -- 12 U.S. fellows, 10 international fellows, and two global health reporting fellows -- to Harvard for a "year of study, seminars and other special events," the Nieman announcement 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," Nieman Foundation curator Bob Giles said in a statement. "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.”

Méndez is an editor and reporter at El Periódico in Guatemala, and co-host of the television show “A las 8:45.” The 2012 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Latin American Nieman Fellow, Méndez is interested in studying law and political science in emerging democracies while she is at Harvard. She also is interested in studying American literature and its relation to culture in Latin America.

Also a 2012 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Latin American Nieman Fellow, Huertas, who is the investigations editor at Revista Semana in Colombia, wants to learn how to create a journalism center that would be produce transnational investigations about Latin America.

Other international fellows include David Skok of Canada, the managing editor of globalnews.ca. The Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellow, Skok is interested in studying how new journalism tools impact a free press. The remaining international fellows will come from Pakistan, China, Switzerland, Philippines, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

Among the U.S. fellows are journalists from NPR and the Center for Public Integrity. Also named as a fellow was Tyler Bridges, a freelance journalist based in Lima, Peru. He wants to explore delivering news in the digital era in Latin America and the United States.

Since it was established in 1938, more than 1,300 journalists from 91 countries have been named Nieman fellows. Previous fellows include Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas founder Rosental Calmon Alves and Colombian television journalist Hollman Morris.

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Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.