May 3, 2019 - The trustees of the Martin Wise Goodman Trust announce that KARYN PUGLIESE, Executive Director of News and Current Affairs at APTN, the world’s first Indigenous television network, has been awarded the twenty fifth Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University.

This fellowship is funded by a publicly subscribed permanent endowment in memory of Martin Wise Goodman, late President of Toronto Star Newspapers Limited.

Ms. Pugliese will join twenty-six other journalists in the 82nd class of Nieman Fellows at Harvard University. The fellowship carries a stipend for living expenses and payment of fees to Harvard University.

“I am deeply grateful to the Martin Wise Goodman Trust and to the Neiman Foundation for making this opportunity of a lifetime available to a Canadian journalist. I am humbled to have been chosen as the 25th recipient. I thank the Goodman family for this gift, and for empowering myself and all the previous recipients to pursue our curiosity and inspiration to contribute to our profession and the public good. I look forward to a transformative year of learning and sharing with the other Neiman fellows and scholars at Harvard University,” Ms. Pugliese said after an eight member Selection Committee awarded her the biennial fellowship. While at Harvard, Ms. Pugliese will study the strategies newsroom leadership and educators can utilize to implement Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action for media and journalism schools.

Ms. Pugliese is the Executive Director of News and Current Affairs at APTN. Her investigative journalism has garnered national attention over a 20+ year career. She was recently named the 2019 Hyman Solomon Award winner, and previously received the Gordon Sinclair Award, the Charles Bury Award, and multiple Native American Journalism Awards. Ms. Pugliese supports media rights through her work as a board member of CJFE (Canadian Journalists for Free Expression) and as President of the CAJ (Canadian Association of Journalists). She is also an ambassador for JHR (Journalist for Human Rights).

The Nieman Fellowships were established for American journalists in 1938 in memory of Lucius W. Nieman, founder of the Milwaukee Journal. It provides for a year of study for working journalists in any department of Harvard University as well as a seminar program. Previously, thirteen Canadian journalists had gone to Harvard on this program under other funding, including Martin Goodman (Nieman fellow class of '62).
The first twenty-four recipients of the Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowships were as follows: Paul Knox of the Globe and Mail, Gregory Weston of the Ottawa Citizen, Mary Lou Finlay of CBC Radio Toronto, Jamie Lamb of the Vancouver Sun, Jonathon Ferguson of the Toronto Star, Jennifer Lewington of the Globe and Mail, Tom Regan of the Halifax Daily News, Joe Hall of the Toronto Star, Terry Gilbert of the Calgary Herald, Paul Carvalho of CBC TV News Montreal, Laura Eggerston of Canadian Press, Bonnie Lafave of CBC TV Toronto, Jim Meek of the Halifax Herald, Laura Lynch of CBC Radio Vancouver, Paule Robitaille of CBC Latin American Bureau, John Geddes of Maclean’s Magazine, Christian Rioux of Le Devoir, Bill Schiller of the Toronto Star, James Baxter of the Edmonton Journal, Jana Juginovic of CTV, David Skok of, Laura-Julie Perreault of La Presse, Stephen Maher of Postmedia News and Michael Petrou, freelance journalist and foreign correspondent.

This year’s Canadian Nieman Fellowship Selection committee consisted of Anne Marie Lipinski, Curator, The Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University; Malcolm Kirk, president of The Canadian Press; Douglas Knight, chair & CEO of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards; David Skok, CEO & Editor-in-Chief at The Logic; Ed Greenspon, President and CEO, Public Policy Forum; Jonathan Goodman, Global Managing Partner of Monitor Deloitte and Chair of the Canadian Nieman Fellowship; Lauren Goodman, Administrator of the Canadian Nieman Fellowship; and Janis Goodman, wife of the late Martin Goodman.

“The Selection Committee was very impressed with Karyn’s journalism, her enthusiasm for her craft, and her industry and community leadership. We are certain that Karyn will benefit greatly

About the Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University

One Nieman fellowship for a Canadian journalist to study at Harvard University will be awarded to a successful applicant as a result of funding by the Martin Wise Goodman Trust to the Nieman Foundation for Journalism.

Nieman Fellowships at Harvard University provide a mid-career opportunity for men and women in the media to study and broaden their intellectual horizons. Fellows are free to enroll in graduate and undergraduate courses at the University and to participate in an extracurricular program to discuss contemporary issues with distinguished figures from journalism, business, education and other professions as well as arts, public service and universities.

The Fellowship will be granted for the academic year (September to June) and will include tuition to Harvard University and a stipend for living expenses.

There are no educational prerequisites for a Nieman Fellowship; nor do Fellows receive either course credits or a degree for work done during the Nieman year.

Application is made by the individual journalist. To qualify for consideration as the Martin Wise Goodman
Canadian Nieman Fellow, applicants:

Must be Canadian citizens;
- All applicants, including freelancers must be working journalists. Photojournalists, editorial cartoonists, columnists and broadcast producers are also eligible to apply;
- Must have had at least five years of full-time or freelance professional experience in the media;
- Must have a fluent knowledge of spoken and written English as required by Harvard University.

All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be uploaded via the online application portal by December 1, 2018. The online application portal will be available starting October 1, 2018.  Here is the link: and select International Nieman Fellowship

If you want to access the application requirements in advance of October 1, you can do so here:

Final selection is done in Canada by the Martin Wise Goodman Trust Selection Committee; interviews will likely take place late February or early March.

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Past Recipients

2017 - Michael Petrou, freelance journalist
2015 - Stephen Maher, national columnist and investigative reporter, PostMedia News
2013 - Laura-Julie Perrault, reporter, La Presse . Read more about the recipient.
2011 - David Skok, director of digital at Global News. Read the Nieman Reports Fall 2012 cover story about Breaking News-- David Skok's report in collaboration with Clayton M. Christensen, professor at  Harvard Business School and James Allworth, a fellow at the Forum for Growth and Innovation at Harvard Business School--which applies the lessons of disruptive innovation to the media industry. Read about Skok's experience in Finding a Way Forward.