After four years at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications as a double major in journalism and broadcasting, Conor Dunn knows it well, and he is confident that the faculty and staff are setting him up for success.
With help from the faculty, Dunn has had the opportunity to work at four Nebraska papers, anchor and produce the college news and varieties shows and served on the Unity News team, a student project in conjunction with the Unity News convention for multicultural journalists.
“I have so much gratitude for the college and the professors here,” he said. “Several professors have gone out of their way to tell me about internship opportunities and helped me apply and prepare for interviews. That help has been invaluable.”
Dunn got his start as a reporter for the Daily Nebraskan his freshman year. He would eventually work his way up to managing editor. As part of his advanced reporting class he had the opportunity to work on the Seward County Independent as a summer intern.
After his junior year, he was offered an internship at the Grand Island Independent. He is currently completing a yearlong reporting internship with the Lincoln Journal Star.
His biggest piece of advice for students is to get involved and utilize the training you get in class to get internships.
“By jumping into a news organization, I got on-the-job training early,” Dunn said. “That experience has made me feel ready for bigger newsrooms.”
After graduation, Dunn hopes to utilize his training in both journalism and broadcasting to work for a news organization with an emphasis on digital content that readers find engaging.
“I love the idea of working for a news organization that provides such a variety of content, and really works to engage people with what they really want,” he said.
And he feels ready to achieve these goals thanks to his training at the CoJMC.
“The professors at the CoJMC really do set you up for success,” Dunn said.