Depth Reporting

In Depth Reporting class, led by professor Joe Starita, you will be taught, challenged and mentored by faculty who are innovators in their field and will work with you one-on-one to help you succeed. The class gives you the opportunity to work on real life projects to make a real impact. You will discover unique stories and then tell those stories in photos, videos and words. The experience gained in this class will help mold you into the professional you want to be.

Contact: Joe Starita

Working on the Whiteclay project provided me with real life experience in the field that simply cannot be replicated in the classroom alone. The stories we told were stories of suffering, so we had to report in a sensitive and empathetic way that shed light on a situation in dire need of attention. Learning to be a human first and then a journalist became crucial in relating to our subjects. Calla Kessler Photojournalism student
A Lakota Sioux native stands in front of graffiti near the town of Whiteclay

The Wounds of Whiteclay

The official population of Whiteclay, Nebraska is 12. But thanks to a lucrative liquor trade that's heavily dependent on customers from the neighboring, alcohol-free Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, there are many more lives at stake in this unincorporated border town.

The Wounds of Whiteclay
Native American basketball player

Native Daughters Oklahoma

Thanks to the success of its first Native Daughters project – see below – CoJMC was invited by a Native American woman in Oklahoma to turn its lens on that state’s Native women. This website, a magazine and a video documentary are the result.

Native Daughters Oklahoma
Migrant worker in a field

Migrant Workers

Western Nebraska’s farmers used to employ hundreds of migrant workers each summer. But that number has continued to drop. This documentary photography project records the lives of migrant farm workers and the way technology has affected their livelihood and way of life.

Migrant Workers
Rally at capitol for immigrant reform

Immigration

Immigration is a big issue in Nebraska. This student-produced website takes a look at the challenges and opportunities facing immigrants in the state as well as the way Nebraska has – or hasn’t – adapted to its newest residents.

Immigration
Woman in the streets of Bolivia

Bolivia

A grant from the Carnegie Corporation of America funded a student reporting trip to Bolivia. The resulting magazine and website focus on how indigenous Bolivians are reinventing their nation for themselves and their children.

Bolivia
Nebraska soccer

Special Olympics

The national Special Olympics came to Lincoln in 2010, and CoJMC students covered the athletes and the games, producing on-the-spot reporting as well as a website highlighting the events and participants.

Special Olympics
Native American woman laughing

Native Daughters

The first Native Daughters magazine and website focused on the vital role Native American women continue to play in their culture – as healers and warriors, story tellers and law makers, leaders, environmentalists and artists.

Native Daughters
Man riding a horse at the rodeo

Real Nebraska

When the Great Recession touched all parts of the nation’s geography and economy, a group of UNL students set out to document its effect on Nebraska. Students produced a multi-media project that examined housing, ethanol, banking, ranching, farming, small towns and river towns.

Real Nebraska