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Burleigh Media Ethics Lecture hosts Jaeah Lee this week

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Jaeah Lee poses for “The Chronicle of Philanthropy” article.

This week, the College of Communication will host independent award-winning journalist Jaeah Lee for the annual Burleigh Media Ethics Lecture. 

On Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union in room 157, Lee will discuss her path as a journalist and how to uphold ethics in reporting on sensitive issues; she will also go in-depth about the guest essay that shook up readers and earned a major award.

Lee served as a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and has entered the investigative reporting space covering justice, race and labor in America. In 2018, she was the inaugural recipient of the American Mosaic Journalism Prize for excellence in long-form coverage on underrepresented or misrepresented groups in America. 

She forged a career in journalism including recognition of her work from the PEN America Los Angeles Literary Awards, the Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize, the AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards, the Mirror Awards and the Online Journalism Awards.

Now, Lee is being recognized for her Dori J. Maynard Justice award-winning story, “This Rap Song Helped Sentence a 17-year-old to Prison for Life.” 

The story, which can be found in the opinion section of the New York Times, is the product of a 230-person database, analysis and research by legal scholars to prove how prosecutors are using “racialized character evidence” in courtrooms and how judges are enabling it. 

Further information regarding the event can be found here.

This story was written by Grace Cady. She can be reached at [email protected]

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Grace Cady, Managing Editor of the Marquette Journal
Grace Cady is a senior at Marquette University from Delafield, Wisconsin. She is majoring in journalism and political science. This year she will be the managing editor of the Journal. Outside of the Wire, Grace likes to read, write creatively, watch movies and spend time with friends & family. Prior to this year, she served as the executive opinions editor at the Wire and has held intern positions at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Magazine and the National Federation of Federal Employees in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Grace is part of the O'Brien Investigative Fellowship program this year alongside Julia Abuzzahab.

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