Nikki Finke Is a 2017 Nieman Fellow

Schoolja!

No one asked us. But if they had, we would tell them this makes sense. Forget coming out of journalism retirement for Mediaite, a deal that never saw the light of a single column. Or the head-scratching idea of Nikki Finke returning to Deadline and PMC.

Going deeper and leaving at this late stage a more scholarly legacy, that’s the ticket. Per this week’s announcement by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, Finke is one of 11 individuals selected for a 2017 fellowship. She will “explore best practices in the reporting of breaking news and analysis in a 24/7 media environment.”

This Ph.D. thesis-like assignment must also logically include a detailing of worst practices. The news indeed never stops now, with people reacting primarily to the headlines and personalities in knee-jerk, cliffhanger, reality TV-worthy fashion.

Finke’s Nieman colleagues will include BBC World Service mobile editor Trushar Barot, Kansas City Star columnist Lewis W. Diuguid and American Press Institute senior manager Jane Elizabeth. Congrats to all of this year’s talented fellows.

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