Award-winning journalists, media scholars to present 2021 Nieman Symposium

Feb. 18, 2021

MILWAUKEE —The Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University will host a diverse panel of award-winning journalists and media scholars for the 2021 Lucius W. Nieman Symposium in a virtual format from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23.

The symposium “When Representation Isn’t Enough: Rethinking Journalism Objectivity and Changing Practice” will focus on a timely critique of the history, impact and value of objectivity in American journalism.

As journalism in the United States has evolved, its principles and practices have grown predominantly alongside the perspective of white men. The principle of objectivity, therefore, has essentially been conflated with whiteness — resulting in the silencing, stereotyping and distorting of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) identities.

In this symposium, the panels will reflect together on this history and discuss how the journalism profession can improve its quality, regain the trust of BIPOC communities and fulfill its promise of guarding democracy.

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Panelists include Marissa Evans, award-winning social issues reporter for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, Wesley Lowery, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author and correspondent for CBS News, Dr. Linda Steiner, professor in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and director of the ADVANCE program in the Office of Faculty Affairs at the University of Maryland, as well as Dave Umhoefer, former reporter and editor for both the Milwaukee Journal and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Ayleen Cabas-Mijares, assistant professor of journalism and media studies and faculty fellow of the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Marquette University. 

More information about the panelists and the moderator is available on the 2021 Neiman Symposium webpage.

Registration is fee and available on Eventbrite. Those who register will be provided link to the virtual symposium which will take place on Microsoft Teams.

Media wishing to attend the symposium should contact Shelby Williamson in the Office of Marketing and Communication at or (414) 288-6712.

About Shelby Williamson

Shelby Williamson

Shelby is a senior communication specialist in the Office of Marketing and Communication. Contact Shelby at (414) 288-6712 or