Emily Case is a graduate student at the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications studying professional journalism. She also works as a graduate assistant for the college teaching visual communication classes. Emily’s main areas of interest are storytelling innovations, community journalism and immigrant coverage. These interests led her to become the American Press Institute summer fellow 2017, where she developed a resource to help newsrooms cover local refugee populations.Her anticipated graduation date is May 2018, and after graduation she hopes to work for a print or web media organization as a multi-platform journalist. Originally from Gibbon, Nebraska, she graduated from Hastings College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in visual media.
Molly Chapple is a graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying Integrated Media Communications. This will be her first semester in the program. Her areas of interest include social media management and marketing communications. Her anticipated graduation date is May 2019. After graduation, she hopes to work in marketing communications at a nonprofit organization. She graduated from UNL in May 2016 with a bachelor’s in journalism. In her free time, Molly likes to read, binge watch "The Office" and hang out with her rescue cat, Max.
Jamdan attended UNL for undergrad and studied advertising and public relations. He is specializing in Integrated Media Communications and will graduate in Spring 2018. He likes to study design, corporate communications and social media. When he’s not doing homework, he enjoys playing guitar and basketball and watching the “Walking Dead.” After earning his master’s degree he hopes to create content for an agency/company in the Midwest and eventually teach at a small college.
Lauryn Higgins is a graduate student in her final semester at the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communication where she is studying professional journalism. Her belief in authentic story-telling and her passion to make news accessible for everyone is what led her to the field of journalism and to become Salon’s Young American journalist for her home state of North Carolina and a national news writer for Her Campus Media. She also works as a public relations associate for several companies in NC and in her free time is training for her first marathon. In 2014 she received her bachelor's in Business Administration from Mars Hill University.
Alli graduated from the University of Missouri in May 2013 where she studied photojournalism. This will be her second semester in the Integrated Media Communications program and her anticipated graduation date is May 2018. Alli enjoys social media management and creating content. Upon graduating from the program she would be interested in a communications position in the outdoor industry or in higher education. When she’s not studying she enjoys hiking and being outdoors, cross stitching, yoga and visiting local breweries.
Jason McCoy is a 33-year-old resident of Omaha, but he grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He is an Iraq war veteran, and he graduated from UNO with a political science degree. He has traveled and/or lived in over 30 countries, and he has scuba dived in many of those countries, so he considers scuba diving and traveling his life passions. His other passions include learning and seeking the truth, which is why he’s a graduate student with a double major in political science and journalism at UNL. Upon graduation he will most likely pursue a Ph.D., then possibly work in academia.
Jake Miller is an IMC graduate student originally from Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He works as a graduate assistant for Associate Professor Rick Alloway and Assistant Professor Brandon Nutting, and his tasks include conducting research, assisting in undergraduate courses and working at the KRNU and KRNU2 radio stations. Jake graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a B.A. in English and hopes to finish the IMC program in 18 months so he can attend law school shortly after his time at the CoJMC.
Taylor received his bachelor’s in psychology from the University of South Dakota in May 2016. He is beginning his first semester in the Integrated Media Communications program after serving as an interactive media specialist for the past year. He hopes to continue his studies on perceived time dilation while taking in mediated messages, as well as start to delve into how social media affects psychological well-being among adolescents. His ultimate goal is to continue pursuing higher education in the communications field. When he’s not focusing on his studies, he spends his time critiquing movies, playing video games and participating in pick-up sports.
Jessica grew up in McCook and graduated in 1999 from the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. After college, she was a reporter for The Associated Press in Omaha. After that, she moved to Boston where she worked for 11 years as a reporter at The Patriot Ledger and the Boston Herald. She covered Boston’s hospitals, crime, politics, breaking news and neighborhoods. In 2011, Jessica and her husband, Michael, moved to Lincoln. For the past six years, she has stayed home with her children - now ages 4,6 and 7 - and taught part time at the journalism college. This is her first semester as a graduate assistant.
Bill Wendl is a graduate student in professional journalism from Omaha, Nebraska, and works as a graduate assistant in advertising and public relations classes. He received a B.S. in political science from the University of Nebraska Omaha. His goal is to develop expertise in the areas of videography and photography in order to create documentaries focused on the natural world. By doing this he hopes to nudge the planet in an infinitesimally small way toward positive change. Although sustainability is a buzzword, it is perhaps the only path that humankind has if it wants to live in a stable, peaceful world. When not writing overly dramatic personal biographies for UNL, he likes going to movies, playing chess, traveling and making guacamole.