Jacqui Banaszynski

Jacqui has worked in news and enterprise journalism for more than 40 years, and teaches students and professionals around the world. She is a Knight Chair Professor Emerita at the Missouri School of Journalism and a faculty fellow at the Poynter Institute. While at the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press, her series “AIDS in the Heartland” won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. In 1986, her eyewitness account of the African famine was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting.  Projects she has reported or edited have won national awards for business, investigative, social issues, environmental, human interest and sports reporting.

Master Camp | Editorial

The Greatest Stories Ever Told

June 13th, 2018

8:30 a.m. to noon

Room: Grand F

From Beowulf to the Bible to the weekly church bulletin – stories that are meaningful and memorable are stories told using the best tools of the narrative craft. We’ll do a deep dive into narrative elements and explore how they can be applied to the work you do every day, elevating even the most mundane copy. We will examine the difference between an informational article and a compelling story, when and how to weave the two, and cinematic approaches that paint pictures in the mind’s eye. This seminar will be hands on, with short writing exercises that prove you are all storytellers at heart.


Please bring a notebook and pen (or laptop, though writing longhand is better for storywork), a couple of story ideas in progress (or something you recently finished but thought could be better), an open mind and a willingness to stretch.