About the Nieman Conference

The Lucius W. Nieman Conference, 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 Conference and Speaker Series is currently chaired by Dr. Bonnie S. Brennen, Marquette University Professor of Journalism. Past Nieman Chairs include Richard H. Leonard of The Milwaukee Journal, Albion Ross of The New York Times, and Scott Klug, a former U. S. congressman and CEO of Trails Media Group.

2018 Nieman Lecture

Barbie ZelizerWednesday, February 21
Alumni Memorial Union Ballrooms
Event begins at 2 p.m.

Join us for the 2018 Nieman Lecture with guest speaker Barbie Zelizer. Drawing upon long-established understandings of ethics in journalism, Dr. Zelizer will discuss their limitations in light of two connected moments in the current American public imagination: the presidential election of Trump in 2016 and the emergence of the #MeToo social media movement in 2017 that brought sexual harassment in the workplace to the forefront of public disclosure.

Zelizer will address the viability of journalism ethics in the present age and argue that both events offer parallel illustrations of why a repair to ethics makes it possible for journalists to behave in unethical ways.

About Barbie Zelizer

Barbie Zelizer is the Raymond Williams Professor of Communication and the Director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication. Zelizer is a former journalist who has served on various editorial boards of book series and journals. A sought-after speaker, Zelizer has lectured to national and international audiences. She was a Past President of the International Communication Association, a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar.