Barney McCoy, M.A.


Broadcasting Journalism

Barney McCoy teaches multimedia, broadcast news, journalism, documentary, and depth reporting courses at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before arriving at UNL in 2006, McCoy was a full-time journalist for 27 years.

McCoy has been honored with numerous television, radio, and multimedia news awards. His television documentary "Black Jack Pershing: Love and War" was a 2018 recipient of a national Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, an Award of Excellence, Special Mention from the Accolade Global Film Competition, an Award of Excellence from the Impact DOCS Global Documentary Competition, an Award of Excellence from the Broadcast Education Association, and an Eric Sevareid Award from the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association.

Another McCoy documentary, "They Could Really Play the Game: Reloaded," was a 2015 Canada International Film Festival Award winner. McCoy has been honored with six Emmy awards and numerous other citations for journalistic excellence.

McCoy has co-authored a book chapter on mixed methods research in documentary filmmaking. His scholarly research involving his multi-phased national research on digital distractions in the classroom has been widely cited. It has been downloaded more than 52,000 times by some 3,600 institutions in 172 countries. McCoy conducted another research project on professional and scholarly expectations for Journalism graduates in the workplace.

McCoy holds a master's degree in telecommunications management from Michigan State University. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.

He has taught multimedia reporting courses at the Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication in Pristina, Kosovo and has produced and advised on five award-winning documentaries at UNL.

McCoy has worked as a documentary director and producer, television and print news reporter, photographer, news producer, and anchor. He has been employed by WIBW-TV, Topeka, KS., KCTV, Kansas City, MO, WKBD-TV, Detroit, MI., WILX-TV, Lansing, MI. and WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH.

McCoy has also contributed reporting for The Columbus Dispatch, The Kansas City Star, Associated Press, USA Today, CBS, CNN, Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, WTTW Public Media, Chicago, Illinois, WOSU Public Media, Columbus, Ohio, WOUB Public Media, Athens, Ohio, and the Ohio News Network.

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