College of Journalism & Mass Communications Pop-up Classes

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Pop-up classes are short, one-credit hour courses designed to allow students to dive into emerging industry trends and gain skills to prepare them for future careers.

Pop-up classes are open to all UNL students. Register in MyRed.

Fall 2019

JOMC 391/891.955 | 1 credit hourIlluminating and Illustrating with MapsNov. 2, 3, 10 & 11; 1-5 p.m. all days

One of the most desirable skills in the job market for data and multimedia journalists is the ability to make maps. The class will begin with mapping basics and then introduce tools to find and show geographical patterns. Students will leave the course with templates they can reuse to make publishable static and interactive maps that are mobile and social friendly. This class is for beginners and more advanced students. Those comfortable with coding will have the opportunity to participate in an optional extra session on mapping with R.

Faculty: Olga Pierce

JOMC 391.956 | 1 credit hourTelevision Writing WorkshopOct. 11, 1-6 p.m., Oct. 12, 10-3 p.m. and Oct. 13, 10-3 p.m.

It is said to be the new golden age of television. With every channel, digital platform, and app producing original content the breadth of storytelling has been cracked wide open. This course is for the novice screenwriter who would like to learn the basics of the craft of television writing. As an industry professional, working in TV and film for over a decade, I hope to answer questions, give insight, and demystify the process.

Faculty: Michael Svoboda, Hollywood television writer

JOMC 491/891.956 | 1 credit hour360 Video StorytellingOct. 1-29, 5-8 p.m., Tuesdays

In traditional video storytelling, it's easy to focus a viewer’s attention in order to further the story: Simply point the camera at the action. Framing excludes any extraneous content. In the 360 video environment, the storyteller can no longer control the frame: the viewer does. How must the story change to accommodate for this? How does a storyteller direct attention without a frame? What types of stories work, and what types do not, in a 360 environment? We will take a practical approach to answering these questions by creating short stories using 360 video.

Faculty: Alan Eno

BRDC 191.950 | 1 credit hourAudio Podcasting 101Nov. 15, 1-6 p.m., Nov. 22, 1-6 p.m. & Dec. 13, 1-6 p.m.

Introduction to and exploration of audio podcasting. Topics include content/idea creation, hardware and software, writing techniques, vocal performance, hosting platforms, promotion of a podcast and how to make money from one.

Faculty: Rick Alloway

JOMC 491/891.950 | 1 credit hourHow to get your Drone LicenseOct. 18, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Oct. 19, 9-4 p.m., Oct. 20, 9-4 p.m.

Drones are becoming an important tool in dozens of fields, including communication. To use them for work, you need a license. To get a license, you need to pass a Federal Aviation Administration test. In this class, you'll learn how to do that, and you'll learn side by side with professionals on how drones are being put to use in newsrooms across the country. You'll also learn from nationally recognized experts about the ethical and legal challenges communicators are facing when flying drones.

Faculty: Matt Waite

ADPR 291.951 | 1 credit hourMedia Sales & Account PlanningSept. 21, 10-6 p.m., Sept. 22, 10-6 p.m.

Love coming up with great ideas and solutions, but find yourself always the one who makes sure every little detail is completed with the best possible result? Then this is your opportunity to put those talents and skills to work and explore the world of media sales and account management.

This interactive, fast-paced session will explore everything from the skill set needed to succeed in the world of media sales and account management to developing and closing a multimedia plan for a local business.

Faculty: David Thiemann, director of sales & marketing, The Daily Nebraskan
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