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Nieman names 1st Sandra Burton-Nieman Fellow | CMFR

Nieman names 1st Sandra Burton-Nieman Fellow

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University has announced the names of the members of the 2012 class of Nieman Fellows. The list includes Philippine Daily Inquirer senior editor and columnist John Nery, who is the first 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.

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 24 Foundation announcement, Nery “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.”

For more information, please go to: “Nieman Foundation announces Class of 2012