MILWAUKEE — The Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University will present its annual Lucius W. Nieman Symposium in a virtual format on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The panel discussion will focus on “Is Democracy in Danger? Voting Rights and the Role of the Press,” which will examine the challenges that the American media currently face in covering elections and the state of voting rights. Reporters, scholars and community organizers will ponder the strengths and shortcomings of professional journalism as it addresses the current state of American democracy.

Panelists for the event are George Christenson, Milwaukee County Clerk; Suzanne Gamboa, senior national reporter for the NBC Latino section of the national network’s website, NBCNews.com; Angela Lang, executive director of BLOC; and Dr. Amber Wichowsky, associate professor of political science in Marquette’s Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Ayleen Cabas-Mijares, assistant professor of journalism and media studies at Marquette University.

For more information about the panelists and the moderator, or to register for this free event, visit the Neiman Symposium webpage. Those who register will be provided a link to the virtual symposium, which will take place on Microsoft Teams.

Media wishing to attend the symposium should contact Kevin Conway in the Office of Marketing and Communication at [email protected].

The Lucius W. Nieman Symposium, named after the founder of The Milwaukee JournalLucius W. Nieman, is an annual event sponsored by the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication.

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