Four CoJMC students receive Nebraska Broadcasters Association awards

Sep 11 2019 - 2:30pm

by Molly Roe

Four College of Journalism and Mass Communications students recently received college division awards at the 2019 Nebraska Broadcasters Association (NBA) Pinnacle Awards.

CoJMC News

Fall 2019 Semester Jachters!
Jacht Applications Due September 20th!
Sep 9 2019 - 1:15pm

This afternoon Jacht will be taking over our Instagram stories, be sure to check it out on unlcojmc! And don't forget applications are due before September 20—here's a message from our current Jachters✨


Eric Gerrard: Alumni Spotlight
Eric Gerrard: Alumni Spotlight
Sep 5 2019 - 12:30pm
CoJMC Alumni, Eric Gerrard was an advertising and public relations major during his time at the J school. One of his favorite experiences was the summer he had an internship in Hawaii (that professor Nancy Mitchell helped him get!). Today Eric works with a lobbying firm in Lincoln called American Communications Group. He also has his own small law firm called Eric Gerrard LLC.
 
Eric can confirm that Mass Media Law (JOMC 486) is an extremely valuable course and one of the most relevant in the world of advertising. “Lobbying and advocating seems like a perfect mix of my advertising and legal background, so I feel very fortunate.”

Irwin Qi: Student Spotlight
Irwin Qi: Student Spotlight
Sep 3 2019 - 5:00pm
When we ask our student spotlight’s if they’ve ever studied abroad, a lot of them will say they’ve been to places like London, Barcelona or Dublin. But Irwin Qi (second from left) gets to say that he’s currently on his study abroad trip while at UNL because he’s from Xi’an China.
 
Back home, Irwin’s major was New Media Studies and our Advertising and Public Relations major is very similar. Irwin also added on a Digital Humanities minor to really set himself apart from others in his major.
 
Irwin previously took an Interactive Design class with professor Adam Wagler and from that, he gets to work with Adam on a UCARE project focusing on UX Design in VR/AR. Sounds like a fun and busy semester, Irwin!

Molly Meysenburg: Student Spotlight
Molly Meysenburg: Student Spotlight
Aug 27 2019 - 2:15pm
Almost four years ago when senior Advertising and Public Relations student Molly Meysenburg attended Red Letter Day, she was an undecided major. She ultimately decided to join the CoJMC Family because every person she met at the J school was so eager to tell her about the cutting edge work they were doing. She loved the enthusiasm and excitement CoJMC students showed for their courses and she wanted that feeling too!
 
This Fall, Molly is a social media strategist at Jacht, our student run ad agency. She's excited to work with real clients on some new projects. She's even more thrilled to be able to get know more of her classmates and make connections with people who love #ADPR as much as she does.

Alex Leavenworth in London
Alex Leavenworth: Alumni Spotlight
Aug 22 2019 - 11:15am

A month ago CoJMC Alumni Alexandria Leavenworth fulfilled a lifelong dream and sang on stage with Carrie Underwood. When she was little she wanted to be a superstar and lucky Alex got a taste of stardom when she sang in front of 15,000 people with her idol!

Alex is also winning in the career department. She completed the Integrated Media Communications Program at CoJMC and received her M.A. She knows this degree helped her get a promotion at KSBW TV Action News 8 in Central California. As the youngest Promotion Manager at KSBW her peers have a lot more experience in the industry, but Alex isn’t afraid to pitch a crazy idea. Her secret weapon? It's simple, back up your ideas with stats, have knowledge on the subject and reasons why it’ll work.

Alex’s advice for anyone in the journalism industry is to keep going! "When you’re stressed, overworked and exhausted don’t give up, be determined. You might have to work holidays, weekends, nights, and sometimes even overnight, but your hard work will pay off—just be patient and stay the course."


Jake Barecki: Student Spotlight
Jake Barecki: Student Spotlight
Aug 20 2019 - 12:15pm

Jake Bartecki is a Chicago native whose decision to come to Nebraska for college was a no brainer. He wanted to be at a Big Ten school and already knew of CoJMC’s awesome reputation for his major. He also wanted to be part of the UNL Club Golf team who are pretty well known for doing well. Now a junior, his love for sports broadcasting has only grown, and he’s an Exec member for the UNL Club Golf team.

Jake's first job was with the KRNU Sports Staff, Professor Rick Alloway offered him the job and he’s thankful to have met both Rick, as well as, Professor John Shrader who leads the KRNU Sports channel. “They’ve critiqued me in a way that I understand and have pushed me to become a better broadcaster. They deserve SO much credit for what I’ve learned at CoJMC.” And this summer Jake got to be an intern for radio station 93.7 The Ticket.

Jake’s advice for J school students is to always be open to every opportunity in whatever you want to do. He also has a great attitude when it comes to coursework. He says it’s hard for him to even think of BRDC 375 (Sports Broadcasting) as class or an assignment because he gets to do what he loves and call the Husker football games.


CoJMC launches emergency scholarship program
Aug 18 2019 - 5:45am

The College of Journalism and Mass Communications announces a new emergency scholarship available for undergraduate students.

“Life can throw our students a curveball and we want to be there to help,” said Amy Struthers, interim
dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. “Through the generous support of our
alumni and donors, we will now have one more tool to help students facing tragic situations.”

Elizabeth Rembert: Alumni Spotlight
Elizabeth Rembert: Alumni Spotlight
Aug 15 2019 - 11:15pm
Elizabeth is a #CoJMC alumni with an inspiring drive. As a little girl she started a newspaper that covered the news on her family farm in Bow Valley, NE. It was called “The Farm Fresh News” and featured newborn kittens and where cows could be found on that particular day.
Today she uses her journalism degree at her internship with Bloomberg where she covers banks with the finance team. Elizabeth knows her idea of news and how she can contribute to it has been reshaped while at Bloomberg. She’s also learned that she is really interested in business journalism and is thankful her J school professor Joe Weber encouraged her to apply for this internship.
 
Elizabeth’s advice for #CoJMC who want to be in the newsroom? “Embrace the opportunity to learn journalism without a 10-minute deadline while you're at CoJMC. And don’t limit yourself, you’ll be much more valuable to a newsroom if you’re willing to enthusiastically take anything they throw at you.”

Joe Starita
CoJMC professor to receive 2019 Sower Award in the Humanities
Aug 13 2019 - 3:45pm

CoJMC journalism professor Joe Starita will receive the 2019 Sower Award in the Humanities. Starita will be honored on Oct. 24 at Omaha’s Holland Performing Arts Center, immediately preceding the 24th Annual Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities featuring historian Dwight David Eisenhower II. 


ADPR Major, Hannah Alohaid
Hannah Alohaid: Student Spotlight
Aug 13 2019 - 11:15am

CoJMC senior, Hannah Alohaid was a biology major for three years before realizing her passion for advertising and public relations. She remembers her first day of class with Professor Kelli Britten—she had never participated in a class discussion or sat towards the front of the class before. Hannah knows going to the J school was one of the best decisions she’s made because she has grown into the person she always knew she could be.

Now, Hannah is working as an inbound specialist at Simple Strat, a marketing startup in the Haymarket. She does SEO and web optimization for clients, as well as creative brainstorming for different marketing strategies. The biggest thing she’s brought to her job from CoJMC is that you can’t expect big results from doing the bare minimum. Growth happens outside your comfort zone, and that means you have to get used to being uncomfortable.


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