JACQUI BANASZYNSKI holds the Knight Chair in Editing at the Missouri School of Journalism and is on the visiting faculty of The Poynter Institute. She has worked as a reporter and editor for more than 30 years, most recently as associate managing editor of the The Seattle Times, where she was in charge of special projects and staff development.
She spent 18 years as a beat and enterprise reporter, then worked as a projects editor at newspapers in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. While at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, her series “AIDS in the Heartland” – an intimate look at the life and death of a gay farm couple – won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing and a national SPJ Distinguished Service Award.
She was a finalist for the 1986 Pulitzer in international reporting for coverage of the Ethiopian famine, and won the national AP Sports Editors deadline writing contest with a story from the 1988 Summer Olympics.
Her work has exposed a fraudulent developer, explored the plight of Kurdish refugees in Iraq and followed a dogsled expedition across Antarctica.
Banaszynski has edited several award-winning projects, including work that won the 1997 ASNE Best Feature Writing Award and the 2003 Ernie Pyle Award for Human Interest Writing. In 2004, she edited a four-part investigative series on the failure of public defense that was a finalist for the Goldsmith Award and for the Selden Ring Award. That same year, a series Banaszynski edited on the global economy won the prestigious Leob Award for economic journalism. In 2008, she was named to the American Society of Sunday and Feature Editors Hall of Fame.
Banaszynski, a native of a Wisconsin farm village, is a 1974 graduate of Marquette University. She leads workshops for editors and reporters around the world, is a regular presenter at APME NewsTrain and the National Writers Workshops, has taught at API, the University of Kansas and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, and has served as a Pulitzer juror.
Knight Chair in Journalism
Recognizing the central role of editors in newspapers, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation funded an endowed chair and program in editing at the Missouri School of Journalism. The State of Missouri matched the foundation’s gift of $1.5 million to create the Knight Chair in Journalism and the Knight Center for Editing Excellence, which will stimulate innovations in teaching and research on editing. The Center will have a broad array of programs aimed at high school students, undergraduates, graduate students and mid-career professionals.
- Nov 25, 2013: Missouri Journalism Faculty Introduce the Missouri Method to Ukrainian Reporters and Editors
- Nov 4, 2013: New York Times Columnist to Speak at Missouri School of Journalism on Nov. 6
- Aug 20, 2013: The Missouri School of Journalism Welcomes New Faculty Members and Announces Promotions for the 2013-14 Academic Year
- Dec 7, 2012: Christie Megura, BJ '12, Earns Fourth Place, Wins $1,000 Scholarship for Feature Writing in Hearst Journalism Award Program
- Jul 11, 2012: Missouri Journalism Students Document Lives and Dreams of Millennial Generation - Ages 16 to 35 - in the State
- Apr 18, 2012: New Website Lauds Work of Those Who Care for Mid-Missouri's Mentally Ill Population
- Apr 18, 2012: Profile Titled 'Man Gone Wild' Earns Junior Blake Ursch a Top 10 Win in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program
- May 6, 2010: Robert Mays III Wins 2010 Atwater Prize for Writing
- Mar 10, 2010: Andrew Astleford Wins First Place in Hearst Journalism Awards Sports Writing Competition
- Mar 2, 2010: 12 Journalism Seniors Inducted into Elite Mizzou '39
- Jul 16, 2009: Missouri Journalism Faculty Members Named 2009-2010 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellows
- Jan 29, 2009: Upcoming Seminar Will Focus on Improving Print and Electronic Publications
- Apr 7, 2008: Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Awards 11 Missouri Journalism Students with Summer Internships
- Mar 4, 2008: Missouri Association of Publications to Host Annual Conference
- Oct 15, 2007: Visiting Fellows Bring Expertise to the Newsroom and Classroom
- Oct 4, 2007: New Online Resources for Middle Managers Are Now Available from the Frontline Editors Project
- Mar 29, 2007: Record Number of Missouri Journalism Students Win Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Editing Internships
- Mar 26, 2007: Master's Student Wins Society of American Business Editors and Writers Contest
- Feb 6, 2007: Publishing Summit to Offer Professional and Educational Opportunities
- Dec 14, 2006: Professor Emeritus Honored as Namesake of Inaugural Awards Program
- Dec 7, 2006: Journalism Graduate Students Take Advantage of Opportunities at Recent Society of Environmental Journalists Conference
- Sep 22, 2006: New Professional Group Helps Students Hone Copy-Editing Skills
- Sep 6, 2006: Knight Center in Editing Excellence Creates New Leadership Role to Guide Journalism's Future
- May 26, 2006: Journalism Master's Student Wins The New York Times "Win a Reporting Trip to Africa" Contest
- Mar 24, 2006: Arnett a Top Winner in National Hearst Writing Competition
- Jan 24, 2006: Former Tina Hills Fellow Wins International Award
- Dec 6, 2005: 117 Graduates Will Be Recognized at Fall Commencement Ceremonies
- Oct 6, 2005: Three Knight Editing Fellows Named for 2005-2006 Academic Year
- Jun 2, 2005: James Carlson Wins National Writing Championship; Matt Talhelm Places in Television Category
- Sep 9, 2004: Two Professionals Join the Columbia Missourian as Visiting Knight Fellows
- Sep 3, 2003: Former Associated Press Editor Joins the Columbia Missourian as Visiting Knight Editor
- Feb 17, 2003: Knight Professional-in-Residence Editing Fellowship Announced