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Open to All UNL Students. Register in MyRed.

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 and are Pass/No Pass. Register in MyRed.

Summer 2021

JOMC 191.101 | 1 credit hour | P/NP Adobe: Video Editing ONLINE 5/17 - 6/4

Open to All UNL Students. Register in MyRed.

Students will gain hands-on experience using Adobe Premiere and Adobe Rush applications used for editing video. The basics of each software will be explored to develop and foundational level understanding of the capabilities. Students will take advantage of their free access to the Creative Cloud as part of UNL being designated a Adobe Creative Campus.

Faculty: Alan Eno

JOMC 191.100 | 1 credit hour | P/NP Staycation: Travel Write Where You Are ONLINE 5/17 - 6/4

Open to All UNL Students. Register in MyRed.

We’ll discuss, practice, and explore many aspects of travel blogs, vlogs, photo or art blogs to create stories that help us imagine lavish retreats, abroad adventures, and tranquil getaways. This class offers: the best ways to blog about our fancy staycations, travel approaches for walks around our neighborhoods, community centers, and local parks, travelogue strategies, tools, and multimedia experiences in digital media. You’ll also learn the storytelling skills needed for brand content creators, communication strategists and freelance writers, and find a solid practice in the art of travel writing right where you are.

Faculty: Madeline Wiseman

JOMC 191.700 | 1 credit hour | P/NP Adobe: Digital ONLINE 6/7 - 7/9

Open to All UNL Students. Register in MyRed.

In this course you'll learn how to use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe XD. You will learn the basics of producing graphics for the web and social media using Adobe Photoshop. Then put that all together using Adobe XD to design ideas for websites and apps.

Faculty: Adam Wagler

JOMC 191.100 | 1 credit hour | P/NP How to thrive as a one-man band in tv broadcasting IN PERSON | M 9am-12pm | 6/7 - 7/9

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This course will show students what it means to be a multimedia journalist in today's broadcasting industry. This pop-up will focus on how to report in the field, from having to run your own camera to the shot to on-camera techniques to post-production editing. The purpose is to create a hands-on learning experience of the process of pitching, turning things in, and everything that goes into making a deadline for a newscast. Finally, students will feel confident in meeting their future news director's expectations.

Faculty: Briana Aldridge

JOMC 491/891.291 | 1 credit hour | P/NP Branding Yourself in Today's Market WEB CONFERENCE | TR 10am-2pm | 8/3 - 8/12

Open to All UNL Students. Register in MyRed.

This online synchronous pop-up course will explore strategies in better understanding how to brand yourself in today's ever-changing market. One of the best ways to articulate your skills, experience, knowledge, and overall worth in today’s competitive job market is to create a personal brand that helps you stand out in the crowd. Learn how to formulate your own value proposition and convey your knowledge, skills, and abilities to prospective employers. This course will leverage relevant social media platforms and other online portfolio tools to help you reframe how you approach your personal brand.

Faculty: Jemalyn Griffin

JOMC 191.800 | 1 credit hour | P/NP Adobe: Layout ONLINE 7/12 - 8/12

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Students will gain experience using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign applications used for layout and design. They will have the opportunity to learn from an Adobe Education Leader at UNL. The basics of each software will be explored to develop and foundational level understanding of the capabilities.

Faculty: Katie Krcmarik

Fall 2021

JOUR 191.791 | 1 credit hour | P/NP News Literacy: Trusting the news in a hyper-polarized era ONLINE 9/6 - 9/25

Open to All UNL Students. Register in MyRed.

Seventy-four percent of Americans can't tell the difference between real news and fake news-between fact and opinion according to a Pew Research Center poll. Fifty-nine percent of people surveyed in the U.S. and 27 other countries for the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer said they were unsure what they see in the media is true and what isn't. Nearly seven in 10 said they worry about fake news being used as "a weapon." (Source: Pew Research Center) Almost two-thirds (63 percent) said the average person does not know how to tell good journalism from rumor or falsehoods. (Source: Pew Research Center) Can you tell the difference between real news and fake news? In this class, you'll learn how to detect and measure the bias, accuracy, and reliability of news stories you read, hear and watch every day.

Faculty: Barney McCoy

SPMC 291.951 | 1 credit hour | P/NP Creating a 24/7 Digital Audio Channel In person | R 5:30pm - 8:30pm | 9/16 - 10/14

This course is in partnership with the Oakland Athletics (the only team in Major League Baseball with a 24/7 digital footprint) and the San Jose Sharks (one of the only teams in all of American big-league sports to have all digital audio delivery). They will assist us in learning all the elements of creating a 24/7 digital channel, from idea to delivery; management, personnel, software, hardware, process.

Faculty: John Shrader

ADPR 491/891.951 | 1 credit hour | P/NP  Creative Problem Solving In person | 9/17 4-6:30 pm, 9/19 10:50 am-6:30 pm, 9/24 4-6:30 pm, 9/27 4-7:30 pm

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 hit lessons, lectures and exercises designed to get you thinking creatively, we'll work on a real world project and take you through the Archrival school of hard knocks. At the end of an intense two weeks, you'll need to pull it all together into a final pitch for a panel of judges. Brief. Insights. Strategy. Execution. Presentation. Be prepared to bring your A game and give it your all.

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Faculty: Trevor Meyer

ADPR 291.951 | 1 credit hour | P/NP  Media Sales & Account Management In person | 9/25 & 9/26 10am-6pm

Media Sales & Account Management explores this unique career option that combines marketing strategy, creative development and project management. This fast-paced session will explore everything from the skill set needed to succeed in this growing career, to developing and closing a multimedia plan for a local business. A new addition for the Fall 2021 class will include a segment on tips for selling and presenting remotely!

Faculty: David Thiemann

ADPR 391.791 | 1 credit hour | P/NP The "Reel" Deal: Instagram for Storytelling ONLINE 10/4 - 11/7

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1 billion people use Instagram across the globe each and every month, spending an average of 30 minutes per day. 500 million people use Instagram stories every day and nearly 50% of people have visited a website to make a purchase after seeing a product or service. In the U.S., 26% of people aged 18 to 24 have recently used Instagram specifically to access coronavirus news. The platform provides countless opportunities for brands, businesses and organizations, from non-profits and for profits to large news organizations to tell stories and connect a message with a consumer. In this course, students will take a deep dive into the Instagram platform researching best practices, ethics and learning the ins and out of how to create and measure content. Students will learn and create content for the grid, stories, IGTV, reels, Instagram live and eCommerce to best leverage the platform to accomplish strategic communication goals.

Faculty: Tyler Thomas

SPMC 191.951 | 1 credit hour | P/NP Evolution of Sports Media IN PERSON | F 3-6pm | 11/5 - 12/10

Open to All UNL Students. Register in MyRed.

A genre survey of sports coverage, primarily in America since the founding of the nation.

Faculty: Rick Alloway
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