Nieman Lecture

Jacqui BanaszynskiTuesday, February 18
Alumni Memorial Union Ballrooms, 3rd Floor
Event begins at 4 p.m.

This year, the Diederich College of Communication is pleased to welcome Jacqui Banaszynski as the 2020 Nieman Lecturer.

On February 18 at 4 p.m., Banaszynski will deliver her lecture “A Necessary Bias: Confessions of a career journalist’” in the Alumni Memorial Union Monaghan Ballroom.


About Jacqui Banaszynski

Award-winning journalist Jacqui Banaszynski is an emerita professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and faculty fellow at the world-renowned Poynter Institute. She serves as editor of Nieman Storyboard, a global website which celebrates and examines the art and craft of narrative journalism.

Banaszynski’s newspaper career took her to all seven continents, including three trips to Antarctica. She has written about corruption and crime, beauty pageants and popes, AIDS and the Olympics, dogsled expeditions and refugee camps, labor strikes and political strife, traffic fatalities and family tragedies. While at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, her series “AIDS in the Heartland” won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. She was a finalist for the 1986 Pulitzer in international reporting for coverage of the Ethiopian famine and won the nation’s top deadline sports reporting award for coverage of the 1988 Olympics.

Banaszynski has edited numerous award-winning projects, including projects that won ASNE Best Writing, Ernie Pyle Human Interest Writing and national business and investigative prizes. In 2008, she was named to the Association of Sunday and Features Editors Features Hall of Fame. She now coaches reporters, writers and storytellers in newsrooms and at workshops around the world.

About the Nieman Symposium

The Lucius W. Nieman Symposium, named after the founder of The Milwaukee Journal, Lucius W. Nieman, is an annual event sponsored by the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication. In addition to presenting a public address, the Nieman Lecturers meet with Marquette University students and faculty.

The Nieman Symposium and Speaker Series is currently chaired by Dr. Ana Garner, Marquette University Professor of Journalism and Department Chair of Journalism and Media Studies. Past Nieman Chairs include Dr. Bonnie Brennen, former Professor of Journalism at Marquette University; Philip Seib, Professor of Journalism at USC Annenberg; Richard H. Leonard of The Milwaukee Journal; Albion Ross of The New York Times; and Scott Klug, former U. S. congressman and CEO of Trails Media Group.