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.
- 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 197, 297 or 397, 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
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.
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.
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.
The Campus Radio Station
The student-led radio station provides entertainment and highlights important events happening in the local community.
An Online Community Magazine for Nebraska
Heartland is a new student-run webzine. Students will work to produce digital content for Nebraska audiences
Nebraska Sports Reporting
Unlimited Sports is an online student-led sports program that produces stories covering sports in the community.
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.
Assignment Manager/ Senior Reporter
Asa & Eva Media
senior technical director
Union Bank & Trust
Marketing and Design Specialist
Co-Owner / Creative Director
Ebbeka Design Co.
director of brand and content
Lincoln Journal Star
director of news
10/11 News, KSNB Local 4, KNOP News 2
Investigative Reporter SIx On Your Side
Broadcast/Digital Production Director
Rural Radio Association
Mary Kay Quinlan
Emeriti Associate Dean and Associate Professor
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Marketing & Digital Media Coordinator
University of Nebraska System
Master of Ceremonies and Radio Host
D-Wayne/NRG Media's Red 94.5
Nebraska Public Media
Executive Producer and Host
Senior Content Producer
Nebraska Journalism Trust
Contact the co-directors with questions
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
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