Gain real-world experience The Experience Lab

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About the Experience Lab

The Experience Lab gives students a chance to gain hands-on experience from the first semester they enroll in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at UNL. Working with faculty liaisons and professional mentors, students will build their academic skill set while exploring their professional interests in one of the college's media outlets.

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  • Students will earn 1 credit and work 4-6 hours per week
  • Day-to-day projects will vary depending on the program
  • All students will be required to register for JOMC 191 or 291, which will be on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:15 p.m. 
  • An additional 3 hours per week will be required outside of the required Tuesday meeting time 
  • Student leaders will mentor first-year and second-year students and manage day-to-day operations

The Experience Lab Programs

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An Agency for Nonprofits

Students will work for real-world clients who are looking for services in advertising and public relations. Buoy provides services for non-profit organizations and local community partners.

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Statewide Wire Service

Nebraska News Service is a state news wire service that provides stories written by UNL student journalists to more than 100 community news organizations.

Visit Nebraska News Service

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Live News Show

Nebraska Nightly is a student-produced recorded show. Students will work to produce video and audio content for Lincoln and Nebraska audiences.

Visit Nebraska Nightly

The Campus Radio Station

The student-led radio station provides entertainment and highlights important events happening in the local community.

Visit KRNU

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An Online Community Magazine for Nebraska

Heartland is a new student-run webzine. Students will work to produce digital content for Nebraska audiences

Visit Heartland

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Nebraska Sports Reporting

Unlimited Sports is an online student-led sports program that produces stories covering sports in the community.

Visit Unlimited Sports

Apply Now

Apply below for the spring 2022 semester.

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Professionals in Residence

Partner organizations from throughout Nebraska have donated the time of their talented staff to support students in the Experience Lab. These dedicated professionals provide mentorship and guidance to students. We are incredibly grateful for the support and dedication of these outstanding professionals and their organizations.

Stephanie Croston

sports/assistant editor
Seward Independent Group

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Shaun Cummins

senior technical director

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Ryan Dobesh

studio/remote production supervisor
Nebraska Public Media

Ryan Dobesh bio

Randy Hawthorne

product manager

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Derek Hernandez

director of brand and content
Mentor Collective

Derek Hernandez bio

Dale Johnsdon

News Director
KFOR RADIO-Alpha Media

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Mikel Lauber

director of news
10/11 News, KSNB Local 4, KNOP News 2

Mikel Lauber bio

Keri Mesropov

president and chief talent officer
TRG Arts

Keri Mesropov bio

Kelley Peterson

VP & nonprofit creative director

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Beau Poehlman

video production supervisor

Beau Poehlman bio

Mary Kay Quinlan

Emeriti Associate Dean and Associate Professor
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Gentri Shopp

Talent Development Marketing Coordinator
Nebraska Department of Economic Development


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Jon Vanderford

Executive Producer and Host

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Andrew Ward

morning anchor

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Contact the co-directors with questions

Jemalyn Griffin

Jemalyn Griffin is an assistant professor of practice and director of the Jacht Agency.

Before joining CoJMC, Jemalyn served as the the Director of Content and Digital Marketing Services at Harvard University's Division of Continuing Education.

Contact Jemalyn
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Jill Martin

Jill Martin is an assistant professor of practice and director of the Nebraska News Service.

Jill Martin has two decades of experience in newspapers and broadcast news in Nebraska, including experience as the managing editor of the Seward County Independent.

Contact Jill
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The Experience Lab is powered by the generous support of our sponsors.

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