University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Journalism & Mass Communications students Sierra Ramsay and Mara Klecker placed ninth in the Hearst Journalism Awards Team Multimedia competition.
Recent graduates Ramsay of Arcadia and Klecker of Hermosa, South Dakota, placed for their piece “Divers’ Plague,” which examined how decompression sickness affects fishing communities in Nicaragua.
The team had the opportunity to complete this piece through the CoJMC’s Global Eyewitness program, which sends photojournalism students to places of great human need to document the stories of the people there. The trips are led by professor Bruce Thorson.
Ramsey graduated from the CoJMC in August 2015. As a student, she held internships for Engaged magazine, The Arcadia Guide and the Water for Food Institute. The multimedia pieces she created for the internship on Nebraska’s water management were shown in Stockholm for the International Water Convention.
Klecker graduated this May. As a student, she held internships at the Lincoln Journal Star and The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. She was the managing editor the Daily Nebraskan and served on the CoJMC Student Advisory Board. She will be an intern at the Minneapolis Star Tribune this summer.
The 2015-2016 Hearst Journalism Awards Program is held in 108 member colleges and universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs. The awards program consists of five writing, two photojournalism, one radio, two television and four multimedia competitions. The program awards up to $500,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends annually.