Race and the Media

Panel Discussion Race and the Media

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About the Panel

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications is hosting a panel discussion on race and the media. Panelists will speak on their experience in the media industry, including magazine production, advertising and public relations, photojournalism, and newspaper media. After short presentations from each panelist, participants will ask questions and engage in a moderated discussion.


Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 | 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Centennial Room, Nebraska Union, UNL City Campus

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Roxy Szal

Digital Editor, Ms. Magazine

Roxy Szal is the digital editor at Ms. magazine and a producer on the Ms. podcast "On the Issues With Michele Goodwin." She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with her master's in journalism in 2019. Before becoming a journalist, she was a Texas public school English teacher.

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Shoun Hill

Visiting Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Shoun Hill is a photo editor on the national news desk for the Associated Press and a visiting professor of photojournalism in the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications. He has more than 15 years of experience as a photojournalist working at newspapers in Louisville, Minneapolis, Jackson, Tennessee, Memphis and Orlando. Hill got his start as a reporter in the U.S. Army, where, in addition to writing stories, he was shooting photographs. He realized he enjoyed the freedom and creativity of photography.

Monique Farmer
Monique Farmer

Assistant Professor of Practice, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Monique Farmer is an assistant professor of practice in the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications teaching Strategic Writing, Public Relations Planning and Strategy and Public Relations Management and Case Studies. Before joining the college, Farmer served as the director of communications for Nebraska’s largest school district, the Omaha Public Schools. Prior to that, she worked in corporate communications for ConAgra Foods and crisis communications for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Randy Essex

Former Executive Editor, Omaha World-Herald

Randy Essex was the executive editor of The Omaha World-Herald from January 2020 to February 2022. He’s a Beatrice native and UNL graduate whose daily news career spans 40 years, every U.S. time zone and newspapers as small as the Glenwood Springs Post Independent in Colorado and as large as the Detroit Free Press. He’s overseen coverage of the Iowa caucuses for the Des Moines Register, the bankruptcy of General Motors and Chrysler in Detroit and the opioid epidemic for the Cincinnati Enquirer. He won the 2016 Burl Osborne Editorial Leadership Award from the American Society of News Editors for editorials urging decency toward immigrants in Colorado.

Kelli Boling
Moderator: Kelli Boling

Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Kelli S. Boling, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Advertising and Public Relations in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. After 12 years as a marketing and advertising executive in North and South Carolina, Boling received her Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina in Mass Communication. Her research focuses on the audience reception of media, specifically media depiction and reception by traditionally marginalized audiences based on race and gender.

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