Naomi Delkamiller, a junior journalism and advertising and public relations double major from Omaha, Nebraska, won first place in the short documentary category of the 2023 College Media Association Film and Audio Festival Awards.
Her entry, "Restrictions at Catholic hospitals reduce abortion access," examines how the prevalence of Catholic hospitals can reduce access to abortions even in states where abortion is legal.
Delkamiller produced the documentary as part of the News21 program. News21 is a national investigative reporting project involving top journalism students from across the United States and headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
The program aims to provide a unique platform for journalism students to research and produce in-depth, innovative, and impactful news stories. News21 focuses on a national issue or theme each year, allowing student journalists to explore it thoroughly and produce multimedia stories – including video, audio, digital, and written content. The 2023 theme was America After Roe.
"Naomi Delkamiller's first-place win in the short documentary category of the 2023 College Media Association Film and Audio Festival Awards is a testament to her exceptional journalistic skills and dedication," said Shari Veil, dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. "Her work exemplifies the high standards we uphold in journalism education at UNL."
Visit their website to learn more about News21 and see the 2023 depth report, America After Roe.