Alumni News

Amy Struthers
A message from Dean Struthers
Jun 26 2018 - 2:00pm

One of my recent tasks was to develop a document outlining strategic priorities for our college. It was a great opportunity to think about all the things I have heard the last four months. I’ve had one-on-one conversations with every member of our college staff and faculty since stepping into this role on January 20. I realized the required planning exercise provided an impetus to distill what I’ve heard up to now. So here’s a stake in the ground that we can all consider this summer. Please let me know if you feel what follows is an accurate description of at least some of our dreams for the college.    

Paula Lavigne headshot
CoJMC alumna wins Investigative Reporters & Editors award
Apr 10 2018 - 12:15pm

by Molly Chapple

CoJMC alumna Paula Lavigne, an investigative reporter at ESPN, was recently named a winner of the 2017 Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) awards in the book category for "Violated: Exposing Rape at Baylor University Amid College Football’s Sexual Assault Crisis.”


Interim Dean Amy Struthers
A message from Interim Dean Struthers
Mar 29 2018 - 11:00am

This is a special week at the CoJMC as we celebrate J-Days, a springtime tradition. I am especially excited about this year’s event, because our students are in charge! The Student Advisory Board (SAB), with members that include freshmen through seniors, and representatives of each major, has created a wonderful suite of activities. The leadership they have taken to add their own contributions to our college culture is truly heart-warming.

Jay Wilkinson
CoJMC alum leverages company as a force of good
Mar 12 2018 - 11:45am

by Alli Inglebright

Jay Wilkinson, CEO and founder of Firespring and CoJMC alum, knew he wanted to leave a legacy behind honoring his father.

“My father was a huge support to me throughout my childhood,” Wilkinson said “He was the best dad a kid could have. He was my Boy Scout leader, the coach of my youth sports teams and never missed a single game or activity. My dream was to someday acquire enough wealth that I could do something big in his honor like have a park or hospital wing named after him.”

Cindy McCaffrey
McCaffrey scholarship encourages students to embrace how technology shapes and defines journalism
Nov 8 2017 - 7:15am

For students at Nebraska’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications the topic of technology is a hot one because of the ever-evolving way in which we use it to communicate big and small. That is why the emerging media scholarship created by alumnus Cindy McCaffrey is a big deal.

Mark Stephens
CoJMC alums lead Lincoln Rotary Club
Oct 12 2017 - 11:15am

by Molly Chapple

One College of Journalism and Mass Communications alum has followed another as leader of  the downtown Lincoln Rotary Club.

 Jennifer Brinkman, a 1993 broadcasting alumna and 2017-2018 club president, follows Mark Stephens, a 1983 advertising alumnus and the previous year’s president who was awarded outstanding club president at the Rotary District Conference this past August.

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Alumnus Dick Worick helps students get a handle on market research
Sep 6 2017 - 10:30am

by Bekkah Watkins

Dick Worick, a College of Journalism and Mass Communications alumnus, has graciously made a donation of $50,000 to the college through the University of Nebraska Foundation to support market research education.

Piette and Weber, The History Factory
CoJMC graduate uses alumni channels to network and secure job
Jul 26 2017 - 11:15am

Upon graduation, students face the daunting task of finding a job that will kick-start their careers. The process of finding and applying for positions across the country can be overwhelming for new applicants. But connecting with fellow Husker alumni can make the process easier and less painful for new graduates.

Fox and Pedie Bryant
Scholarship honors Nebraska alumnus and legendary sports communicator Fox Bryant
Jul 6 2017 - 8:00am

“The sports information legend who practically invented the profession,” is how the Lincoln Journal Star described Nebraska journalism alumnus Don “Fox” Bryant in a 2014 article about his life.

Bryant, who enjoyed a long and notable career in communications and administration with Nebraska athletics, has now been honored with a named scholarship fund at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. 

Don Ferguson
All for the love of journalism
May 4 2017 - 1:45pm

Alumnus passes on a legacy to future journalists and professional communicators

High school students who wish to encounter real-life journalism experiences, skills and careers are the reason Nebraska alumnus Donald L. Ferguson of Palm Springs, California, has announced a generous planned gift to the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. The bequest will provide support for the college’s Explore Media program.


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