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.
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.”
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.
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.