“South Africa: Press, Politics and Development in the Post-Apartheid Era”

Event Date: Tuesday April 26, 2011
Time: 4:00PM to 6:00PM
Location: CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street , Room N-262

 “South Africa:  Press, Politics and Development
in the Post-Apartheid Era.”


Bob Giles

Curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism


Rob Rose

Business reporter for South Africa’s Sunday Times and Nieman Fellow


Date: April 26, 2011

Time: 4:00-6:00 PM

Where: CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street,

Bowie Vernon Room (Room N-262), Cambridge MA

Contact Chair: Donna Hicks (dhicks@wcfia.harvard.edu).

Speaker Bios

Bob Giles is Curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. He was appointed in 2000 after a career of nearly 40 years as a newspaper reporter and editor. In this role, he directs a mid-career fellowship program for working journalists that was established at Harvard in 1938.

Under Giles’s leadership, the Nieman Foundation has established programs to enlarge the foundation’s outreach to the larger world of journalism. Among them are the Nieman Watchdog Reporting Project, the Nieman Journalism Lab, the Nieman Narrative Journalism Program and a new online presence for Nieman Reports.  Two newspapers which Giles served as editor won the Pulitzer Prize: the Akron Beacon Journal in 1971 for its coverage of the campus shootings at Kent State University and The Detroit News in 1994 for its disclosures of a scandal in the Michigan House Fiscal Agency.

Rob Rose is an investigative business reporter for South Africa’s Sunday Times and current Nieman Fellow.  He is the winner of the prestigious 2009 Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism. Rose’s series “South Africa’s Madoff” exposed fraudster Barry Tannenbaum who swindled South Africa’s business elite of millions. He was also was named the Financial Journalist of the Year for 2009 at the annual Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism.   During his year at Harvard he will study conflicts of interest in the business-political landscape in developing economies as well as media law in those emerging countries.

About the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar Series

The 2010-2011 Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution series is sponsored by the Program on Negotiation, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy, The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Boston area members of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. The theme for this year’s Kelman Seminar is “Negotiation, Conflict and the News Media”.


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