Dean's Update: December 2021

Monday, December 13, 2021 - 3:30pm

Dear Alumni and Friends,

It's finals week on campus. I'm sure all of you have memories of the emotional rollercoaster that is the end of the semester. Show your Husker pride and help cheer on our students by tweeting @UNL_CoJMC with the hashtags #GoBigGrad or #CoJMCGrad. We’ll share your encouraging tweets throughout the week.

Our students have been busy this semester creating an environment podcast series, writing and producing short-form TV series pilots, publishing 464 stories with Nebraska News Service and Unlimited Sports, building a new agency, starting a webzine, rebranding KRNU and launching a news show. Whew! And these are just the highlights!

Please consider supporting our efforts by contributing to the CoJMC Student Experience Fund. No gift is too small, and every penny goes to supporting these incredible hands-on learning opportunities.

While we're still wrapping up the fall semester, we're already making big plans for spring. The National Student Advertising Competition and Batemen Case Study Competition teams have already been selected, and we have some fascinating special topics courses scheduled on trusting news in a hyper-polarized era, racial reckoning and sports culture, social influence of the Kardashian brand, digital motion graphics, social media data mining and much more.

We're also offering a workshop on data journalism for our alumni and industry partners in February and putting together an incredible lineup of speakers for the Seline Lecture Series in April. Our keynote for the Seline Lecture Series will be Sewell Chan, editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune. I'll share the full schedule for the lectures once finalized. 

This month’s newsletter is filled with stories of our students winning awards from Public Relations Society of America, Nebraska Broadcasters Association and Bailey Lauerman. We also celebrate our faculty this month, including Visiting Professor Shoun Hill whose documentary was selected for the London Lift-Off Film Festival, Professor Laurie Lee who co-authored a new edition of her textbook and Assistant Professor of Practice Kelli Britten who was named Nebraska Ad Professional of the Year!

2021 was a good year for the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, and you can expect big things in 2022. I look forward to sharing our accomplishments with you throughout the year. 

Happy Holidays, Huskers!

Shari Veil at the Agency