Faculty to speak on panel at 150th Nebraska Press Association annual convention

Sunday, March 19, 2023 - 8:45am

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications is proud to announce that five faculty members will speak on a panel at the 150th Nebraska Press Association Annual Convention on Saturday, April 15, 2023, in Lincoln, Nebraska. The panel discussion will focus on emerging trends in media/journalism technology and practice, including trends in artificial intelligence and data science, deep fakes and viral videos, audience engagement, and accountability journalism.

The CoJMC faculty members speaking on the panel are Chris Graves, Shoun Hill, Jason Stamm, Matt Waite and Shari Veil. 

Chris Graves, Assistant Professor and Deepe Chair in Investigative Reporting

A graduate of UNL's CoJMC, Chris Graves joined its faculty in 2020 after a 35-year journalism career that spanned four states in print, public radio and TV. She was a reporter and writer and later an editor and newsroom manager who led digital newsroom transformations. Much of her reporting work has focused on the coverage of marginalized communities, crime, police and courts. Graves shared the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in local reporting while a columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer. She continues to freelance for several publications, including the Washington Post. Graves is currently working on a non-fiction book delving into the 2016 octuple homicides of one family at the hands of four members of another in southern Ohio.

Shoun Hill, Assistant Professor of Practice and Buffett-Mangleson-Sartore Chair in Photojournalism

Shoun Hill has been a professional photographer for nearly 20 years, having worked at newspapers in Louisville, Kentucky, Minneapolis, Jackson, Tennessee, Memphis and Orlando before landing at The Associated Press in New York. He's edited national and international news photos for AP and shot and edited photos for the travel, fashion and food sections of the AP Lifestyles department.

Jason Stamm, Assistant Professor

Jason Stamm is in his second year in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at UNL as an assistant professor of Sports Media & Communication. He received his Ph.D. from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville and has 15 years of experience as a sports writer and reporter for Rivals.com and Scout.com. His research examines audience engagement, the recruiting process for high school student-athletes and student-athlete mental health, among other topics.

Matt Waite, Professor of Practice

Matt Waite is a professor of practice at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, teaching reporting, data journalism and digital product development. He is a two-time graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, earning a bachelor of journalism degree in 1997 and a master's in business analytics in 2020. Prior to joining the faculty, he was the senior news technologist for the St. Petersburg Times of Florida and the principal developer of the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact.

Shari Veil, Professor and Dean

Shari R. Veil, MBA, Ph.D., is a professor and dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She oversees the strategic, programmatic, financial, fundraising, and management operations that support the mission and vision of the college and its role within the university and state. Her research examines community emergency response planning, risk assessment and crisis communication.

"We are thrilled to have our faculty members speaking on this panel," said CoJMC Dean Shari Veil. "Their collective expertise in journalism, photography, sports media, data journalism, and crisis communication makes them the perfect group to discuss emerging trends in media and journalism technology."

The Nebraska Press Association Annual Convention is a two-day event that brings together journalists, editors, publishers and other media professionals from across Nebraska. More information about the Nebraska Press Association can be found at https://nebpress.com/about-npa/.


From left: Chris Graves, Shoun Hill, Jason Stamm, Matt Waite, Shari Veil
From left: Chris Graves, Shoun Hill, Jason Stamm, Matt Waite, Shari Veil