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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

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

Spring 2020

ADPR 191.951 | 1 credit hourWhere Good Ideas Come FromJan. 23, Feb. 6, Feb. 27 and March 19, 2 - 6 p.m.

Good ideas don’t come from inspiration; they come from process. (“The harder I work, the luckier I get.”) Hard work, lots of research, good habits, determination, asking the right questions and understanding a great idea can come from unexpected places. Topics include the best practices of brainstorming, discovery, sketching, collaboration, team building, interaction skills, etc. to help you understand that creativity - in all things; not just advertising or design - is the result of working harder and working smarter.

Faculty: Jeff Epstien, Chicago Portfolio School

ADPR 491/891.952 | 1 credit hourPortfolioJan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb. 28 and March 20, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

We live in a show-me-what-you-can-do age. Portfolio Development will show you how to create “campaigns” to use as samples for your personal portfolio. Students will choose brands for their campaigns, do the discovery to find the most compelling concepts, and create executions in a wide variety of channels media. This class is open to advertising, PR, design and marketing students; everybody who aspires to work in marketing communications or related fields.

Faculty: Jeff Epstien, Chicago Portfolio School

ADPR 291.951 | 1 credit hourMedia Sales & Account ManagementFeb. 8&9, 10 a.m. - 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 Thieman, sales director, Greeley Tribune

JOMC 191.951 | 1 credit hourGetting Started with AR/VRFeb. 21 to March 19, Thursdays, 5-8 p.m.

The course will provide a unique experience to begin thinking about how immersive media is used to tell stories with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Throughout the course you will work to develop elements, design functionality, strategize ways to engage audiences, using emerging platforms. Given the nature of the environment, students will even be developing new ways of tackling challenges with AR/VR.

Faculty: Adam Wagler

JOUR 491/891.952 | 1 credit hourVisualizing FloodsFeb. 21, 4:30-8 p.m., Feb. 22, 12-5 p.m. and Feb. 23, 12-5 p.m.

This course will explore different methods for visualizing floods. We'll start by exploring available data on river water levels and water on the ground. Then we'll both map and graph the data! The end product will be an interactive web visualization (aka news application) incorporating all these components similar to this awesome New York Times interactive flooding graphic. The course will use html and R, with opportunities for catch-up for students who haven't used it before. This is a great opportunity to advance coding, mapping and web skills.

Faculty: Olga Pierce

BRDC 491/891.951 | 1 credit hourStreaming and Broadcast Production for eSportsFeb. 27, 2:30-5:30 p.m., March 5, 2:30-5:30 p.m., March 12, 2:30-5:30 p.m. and March 13, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

The Sling Studio is a mobile production tool that allows events to be switched and live-streamed at remote locations and with limited resources. This class will teach you how to use the Sling Studio, how to plan for and stream edited content, and how to manage sound mixing and audio commentary. Coursework will consist of hands-on workshops, teaching you how to set up and manage the Studio, stream with multiple cameras, and mix audio content. It will culminate with a live-stream production of the CoJMC's inagural eSports competition in March.

Faculty: Alan Eno and Kaci Richter

ADPR 491/891.951 | 1 credit hourCreative Problem Solving by ArchrivalFeb. 28, 5-8 p.m., Feb. 29, 10-5 p.m. and March 6, 5-9 p.m. | This class will be taught at Archrival

Perhaps there is no greater skill than creative problem solving. Learn how to take a challenge and turn it into an opportunity through strategy, critical thinking and creative passion. After a series of quick hits, we'll work on a real project and take you through the Archrival school of hard knocks. Briefs. Insights. Strategy. Execution. Presentation. At the end of an intense two weeks, you'll have to pull it all together into a final pitch for a panel of judges. Good luck with that and be prepared to bring your A game.

Faculty: Clint! Runge, founder and CEO, Archrival

JOMC 391.951 | 1 credit hourHistory of Women in Advertising, Broadcasting, Journalism and Sports2:30-5:30 p.m., March 6, 13, 20 and April 3 &10

The course will discuss the history of women in advertising, broadcasting, sports, and journalism. While students may have some knowledge of women in these professions, this course will dive in deeper to the history of women in the profession especially those taking leadership roles. Women also played roles far earlier than many of us realize and often failed to receive the full credit due for their roles. The course will include looking at women of color in the professions. The course will answer the questions: Who were the trailblazers? Who had accomplishments many may not know about? How did women in the profession get the ground they have? What can we learn from these women and their contributions?.

Faculty: Katie Krcmarik
photo of Beverly Deepe Keever, CoJMC alum and female journalist in Vietnam

JOUR 491/891.953 | 1 credit hourPlatte River Crane ExperienceMarch 14 at noon to the evening of March 15 | THIS IS AN OVERNIGHT TRIP

Tell your story of the Sandhill crane migration in JOUR 491/891.953 Platte River Crane Experience, with the help of acclaimed faculty, nature photographer Mike Forsberg and documentarian Michael Farrell.

Apply to participate in this unique course as a photographer, videographer, journalist or other communicator and have the opportunity to develop a story about your experience of one of nature’s great shows.

The Platte River Crane Experience is a one-credit-hour, pass/no pass pop-up class offered by the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Acceptance into the course is by application only. The application is open to all UNL students.

As part of the application, students must select a primary role - photographer, videographer, writer or other communicator - and submit three work samples that demonstrate technical competence and storytelling ability in the selected area.

Faculty: Mike Forsberg and Mike Farrell
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JOMC 491/891.954 | 1 credit hour360 Video StorytellingWednesdays, 5-8 p.m., April 1-29

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 191.951 | 1 credit hourAudio Podcasting 101April 3, April 10 and May 1, 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
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