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