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Feb. 11, 2020
MILWAUKEE — Jacqui Banaszynski, award winning journalist and faculty fellow at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, will present “A Necessary Bias: Confessions of a career journalist” at the Diederich College of Communication’s Lucius W. Nieman Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 4 p.m. at Marquette University’s Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.
A 1974 Marquette graduate, Banaszynski recently retired as the Knight Chair in Editing at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and currently serves as editor of Nieman Storyboard, a global website that celebrates and examines the art and craft of narrative journalism. She spent more than 30 years as a reporter and editor and won a Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1988 for her series "AIDS in the Heartland" while reporting for the St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch. She also won the national AP Sports Editors deadline writing contest with a story from the 1988 Summer Olympics.
Banaszynski has covered a wide range of topics from corruption, crime, and political strife to beauty pageants, popes, refugee camps and dogsled expeditions. She has also edited numerous award winning projects including work that won the 1997 American Society of News Editors Best Feature Writing Award and the 2003 Ernie Pyle Award for Human Interest Writing. In 2008, she was named to the Association of Sunday and Features Editors Hall of Fame and now coaches reporters, writers and storytellers in newsrooms and at workshops around the world.
The Nieman Lecture, named after the founder of the Milwaukee Journal, Lucius W. Nieman, is an annual event sponsored by the Diederich College of Communication. In addition to presenting a public address, the Nieman Lecturers meet with Marquette University students and faculty.
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