Cebu-based Editor is second Sandra Burton-Nieman Fellow
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University has announced the names of the members of the 76th class of Nieman Fellows. The list includes Maria Lourdes “Nini” Cabaero, who is the new media editor of the Sun.Star group of community newspapers, as the recipient of the Sandra Burton-Nieman Fellowship for Filipino Journalists.
The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) supervised the selection process for the Fellowship in coordination with the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) and the Nieman Foundation. NCAF sponsors the Sandra Burton Scholarship Fund for Filipino Journalists.
The official Philippine presentation of the Nieman Fellow will be on June 27 after the annual CMFR Jaime V. Ongpin Journalism Seminar, when the name of the 2013 Marshal McLuhan Fellow will also be announced.
Sandra Burton was the Hong Kong bureau chief of TIME magazine who accompanied then opposition leader former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. on his flight home to Manila on August 21, 1983. The senator was killed on the tarmac upon his arrival.
Ms. Burton reported on the assassination and the political turmoil it triggered, as well as the events that led to the fall of the Marcos dictatorship in February 1986. She continued to report on the democratic transition and the presidency of Mrs. Corazon Aquino, in the process developing strong ties with many Filipino journalists working during that period.
Ms. Burton passed away on February 27, 2004 in Bali where she lived after retirement. She left instructions for a fund to be turned over to Mrs. Corazon Aquino to support the study of Filipino journalists in the United States. CMFR advised Mrs. Aquino to use the fund to support a Filipino journalist as a fellow of the Nieman program.
The Nieman program includes a year of study and exposure to the Harvard community. According to the May 16 Foundation announcement, Cabaero “will study changing newsrooms and how small communities can use new media to gain equal access to national resources.”
Philippine Daily Inquirer senior editor and columnist John Nery was the Burton-Nieman Fellow in 2012.
The Nieman Foundation selects about 12 US and 12 foreign journalists for Nieman Fellowships each year. Only full-time journalists (including freelancers) with at least five years’ experience are qualified. Those journalists working for the news or editorial departments of newspapers, wire services, radio, television, web sites, online publications or magazines of general public interest may apply. Photojournalists, editorial cartoonists, columnists and broadcast producers are also eligible. Public relations practitioners and those who write in or for organizations whose primary business is not the media are not eligible.
Fellows are expected to do academic work at Harvard for two semesters, during which time they may not do professional work and should have obtained clearance from their employers, if applicable.
For more information, please go to: “Nieman Fellows selected for class of 2014”