Cyber Journalism Expert Will Headline NINA’s Oct. 24 Awards Banquet


Calling all muckrakers from the Windy City west to the Mississippi.

You’re invited Thursday, Oct. 24, to the 2019 Northern Illinois Newspaper Association (NINA) awards banquet, where you’ll find out who’s doing the best-of-the-best journalism in our region.

If that’s not enough, well, you might also learn whether you’ll be replaced someday by a robot.


That’s because NINA is thrilled to host Northern Illinois University journalism professor Andrea Guzman, a leading expert on automated journalism and human-machine communication, as keynote speaker for the event.

Guzman will discuss news consumers’ understanding and opinion of automated news-writing programs, which produce stories from data sets, such as statistics from a sports game.

A former journalist herself, Guzman serves as the inaugural chair of the International Communication Association’s interest group on human-machine communication. She also teaches at NIU on the topic and is editor of a new book titled, “Human-Machine Communication: Rethinking Communication, Technology, and Ourselves.”

NINA Human Machine“NINA is very fortunate to have Dr. Guzman share some insights into her cutting-edge research,” said Jason Akst, NIU journalism instructor and NINA executive secretary. “As both a journalism scholar and a former practitioner, I’m confident banquet attendees will hear really valuable information.”

The Oct. 24 awards banquet, which honors winners of NINA’s 2018 Newspaper Contest, begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. in the Sky Room at the Holmes Student Center on the Northern Illinois University campus. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by Professor Guzman’s talk and the awards presentation.

The deadline to register for the banquet is Tuesday, Oct. 15. Register online here or contact Shelley Hendricks at 815-753-4239 or