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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Michael Shively, a 2016 University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Journalism & Mass Communications alumnus, has been named the Lincoln Saltdogs’ new Director of Broadcasting and Communications. Shively’s responsibilities include being the “Voice of the Saltdogs” and broadcasting every game of the 2017 season.
Brienna Pinnow, a 2007 UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications advertising alumna, was named a 2017 Champion of PR by PR Week. This award honors 40 women who work in marketing and communications positions, serve as mentors to women on their team and help define their company as sough-after employers of the future.
Eileen Wirth, a 1968 UNL College of Journalism & Mass Communications alumna, will be inducted into the Marian Andersen Nebraska Women Journalists Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 29, in North Platte. Wirth will be recognized during Nebraska Press Women’s 2017 spring convention noon luncheon.