Fall 2020 - Clubs & Orgs

College of Journalism and Mass Communications Fall 2020 - Clubs & Organizations

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ACES: The Society for Editing

This Summer and Fall, we are working to re-build this student group. The RSO for the UNL chapter of ACES: The Society for Editing has lapsed because we lack officers. Students who are interested in becoming officers should email professor Jessica Fargen Walsh. Several years ago, we brought a group of five students to the annual conference in Rhode Island, where they networked with other editors and learned about editing jobs and editing trends.

ACES is a national organization with members who are editors working in book and magazine publishing, public relations, newspapers, TV stations, corporate communications and as freelancers. Each year, ACES has a conference that draws hundreds of people from around the country to network and learn about editing trends. This group is not just for journalism majors. It's for anyone who likes editing. 

We will be working this summer and Fall to recruit officers and get the RSO reestablished. 

Once the chapter is up and running, we plan to meet once or twice a month either face-to-face or online to network, listen to guest speakers, play Scrabble and more. 

Get Involved: jwalsh5@unl.edu

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Ad Club

Hello, hello! Welcome to Ad Club! We are a recognized student organization designed for, and by, students interested in advertising. We provide resources to transform your potential into real success. Basically, we are here to help you maximize your college experience.

In the past, the Ad Club experience included weekly in-person meetings where we hosted professionals from numerous advertising agencies to speak on different topics including both the creative and strategic side of advertising. We also toured agencies in Lincoln and Omaha (and we even have an out of state crawl in the spring, cross those fingers!) along with developing hard skills such as how to design the perfect resume and soft skills like how to nail an interview. 

In this state of uncertainty, we are taking COVID-19 concerns very seriously as we value the health and safety of our members and our friends in the industry. With that in mind, Ad Club has made the tough decision to move our meetings virtually. We refuse to let this hinder the Ad Club experience, though, as we plan to move forward online. In the digital age we live in, we are certain that you will get the most out of your Ad Club experience during our meetings, which will consist of video chats with professionals from across the nation (think: networking with someone from your dream agency in NYC!), swag bags, how-to videos for Adobe programs, Zoom parties, and much much more!  

The Ad Club Executive Board has been working hard all summer to ensure that by fall we have everything running smoothly. Follow us on all the socials and subscribe to our email newsletter to keep up with all the things. Hope to see your shining faces on screen this fall! 

Get Involved: adclub@unl.edu

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a group that focuses on cultivating a nurturing and creative space for folx who are under-represented in their various fields. We host a variety of diverse speakers and events that cover a number of creative-related topics, from graphic design to music, dance, business development, creative therapy, and everything in-between. We would also have creative workshop meetings to relax and enjoy great company.

The goals for Creative Commons are to support and collaborate with the local Lincoln Community, provide an open and encouraging community for each other, connect members with creatives from a diverse range of fields, and learn different mediums to incorporate into our artistic practices. 

 During this uncertain time, we are taking COVID-19 concerns very seriously. We plan to meet in-person every other week with respect to following CDC guidelines, and the other weeks we will be hosting interactive zoom meetings. These plans are subject to change for the sake of the members' safety, and we are willing to make accommodations for those who are unable to attend in-person meetings. 

Outside of meetings, we also create an annual zine with an abstract theme. Members can submit work to be published. This is a great opportunity for students to put their work out into the world. We look forward to seeing familiar faces and new faces in our club! 

Get Involved:  creativecommonsunl@gmail.com

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Friends of KRNU

The Friends of KRNU is a recognized student organization created to support and create audio content for use on 90.3 KRNU and KRNU2, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's FM radio station and companion webstream. It is open to any registered student on the UNL campus. If you have wanted to create your own audio podcast or radio program but weren't sure how to start, this RSO will help train you. In this period of pandemic and social distancing, the group's officers anticipate meetings this Fall using a hybrid of in-person and online communication, including training on how to produce content for use on the station from your home, using portable recording and audio production gear.

Get Involved: Hunter James, president, ferreterjames@gmail.com or Rick Alloway, faculty adviser, ralloway1@unl.edu

National Broadcasting Society

Our chapter plans include lots of hands-on experience with workshops and monthly "challenges" that will be fun and test your creativity. In the past, we have produced a radio drama, news package stories, public service announcement videos, radio newscasts, original music videos, game shows, and more. This Fall, our focus will be on making tutorial videos and promotional videos. We prepare and submit these works and other contest entries to the national organization and get ready to attend the national conference in the Spring.

This Fall, we'll have in-person meetings every Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 (2nd floor, south end). Some meetings may also be via Zoom as needed.  Our welcome meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, August 26th.

Get Involved: President Brian Bulin, brian.bulin@huskers.unl.edu, 402-580-4949, Faculty Adviser Laurie Thomas Lee, llee1@unl.edu

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Public Relations Student Society of America

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) values personal and professional growth in the integrated marketing communications field. Though the pandemic has forced the UNL PRSSA Chapter to shift the conventional structure of in-person meetings to a hybrid of online meetings and in-person events, we are still prioritizing our commitment to help students broaden their networks, enhance their education and launch their careers.

The fall semester will consist of industry speakers who will discuss relevant topics to students, such as branding yourself and preparing to apply for internships and jobs during the pandemic. Additionally, dues-paying members get access to our mentor program that connects students with professionals in a career they're interested in while building a valuable relationship with that professional and our other mentors.

Furthermore, UNL PRSSA members are a part of the larger international PRSSA chapter that operates out of New York and supports students through scholarships, awards and additional leadership opportunities beyond UNL PRSSA's offerings.

Finally, just because we need to stay safe and social distance doesn't mean we can't still build relationships with our members! The fall semester will include safe social engagements to help students feel connected during this time. We hope to see you at one of our meetings! Follow @unlprssa on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for upcoming meeting and event information.

Get Involved: cojmcunlprssa@gmail.com

Student Advisory Board

The CoJMC Student Advisory Board will hold meetings virtually in the Fall until further notice. We will plan to conduct any events online to ensure everyone attending is safe and able to participate. Please follow our social channels for the most current updates. 

Get Involved: unlcojmcsab@gmail.com

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Sports Media Club

Sports Media Club is our registered RSO name. We are only one year old, so still in the process of finding our groove. We are organized to help students get introduced to the sports media business. We have guest speakers and experiences on campus. We had planned an off-campus trip to Kansas City before the pandemic altered all of our lives.

Get Involved: John.shrader@unl.edu

Cornhusker Commitment

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