I’m very excited to report that the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be home to a News on Campus ABC News bureau this fall.
A select group of CoJMC students have been selected for paid fellowship positions in the bureau. They will be producing news stories that could air on ABC News and will also generate content for the ABC News on Campus Web site and the ABC News Web site.
Four University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications students have been selected for the ABC News on Campus program.
- Emily Ingram, bureau chief
Ingram is a news-editorial and advertising double major and expects to graduate in May 2010. She has worked for the Lincoln Journal-Star, the Daily Nebraskan and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. This summer she will work for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
- Elicia Dover, reporter
Dover is a broadcasting and news-editorial double major and expects to graduate in May 2010. She has worked for Fox News in New York, Fox 16 News in Little Rock, Ark., Husker Vision and the Daily Nebraskan.
- Brandi Kruse, reporter
Kruse is a broadcasting major and expects to graduate in May 2010. She has worked as a reporter and anchor for KFOR radio in Lincoln and as an intern at both NET and KOLN/KGIN TV in Lincoln.
- Alina Selyukh, reporter
Selyukh is a broadcasting and news-editorial double major and expects to graduate in May 2010. She has worked for NationalJournal.com in Washington, D.C., CNN in Moscow, the Daily Nebraskan and was an intern at NET in Lincoln and RIO TV in Samara, Russia.
It’s an amazing opportunity for CoJMC students.
Faculty adviser for the program is Kathryn Christensen, former executive producer for ABC World News Tonight and a professor in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Under the program, CoJMC will establish a multimedia news gathering bureau at Andersen Hall. The bureau begins operation this fall semester. It will be modeled on a network news bureau and staffed primarily by juniors, seniors and graduate students selected by ABC News and CoJMC faculty.
The bureau will be fully equipped with its own state-of-the-art camera equipment, computers and editing software. The bureau chief will receive a fellowship in the amount of $2,500 for the semester and and will also visit ABC News headquarters in New York as part of the program. Three bureau reporting staff will each receive fellowships of $2,000 for the semester.
UNL joins ABC News on Campus bureaus established at Arizona State University, University of Florida, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Texas at Austin and Syracuse University.
ABC News on Campus provides an opportunity for students to report on stories and produce a wide array of content for ABC News digital and broadcast platforms. ABC will actively engage in training students, and our students will be part of a conference call early every weekday morning.
The program is open to all journalism students. Strong writing, reporting and visual skills (video and still photography) are important.
Not all students will excel in every area, so we will endeavor to build a bureau where participants’ skills complement each other. Because those chosen to be members of the bureau will spend 15-20 hours a week on ABC work, student can’t plan to enroll in more than 12 credit hours during the semester or hold outside jobs.
Students who are accepted must be at least 19 years of age, hold a valid current driver’s license and automobile insurance and will be required to sign the ABC News on Campus Participant Agreement, a copy of which is available in the main office at Andersen Hall.
During the past eight years, CoJMC has been a national leader in training students in classes offering online journalism.
Recently I blogged (University of Nebraska-Lincoln J-School ramps up online journalism) about additional changes in our college designed to uniformly emphasize new media journalism skills in most of the courses we teach. The announcement of the ABC campus bureau at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln furthers that mission.
The new curriculum shift places a deeper, more thorough emphasis on awareness, understanding and application of online journalism skills and the training will begin in the freshman year.
These changes are based on basic realities:
- Multi-tasking journalism skills are the norm, not the exception for working journalists and communicators today.
- Many journalists who have survived job cuts were those who added new media skills to their existing journalism skills.
- Most newspapers, networks, magazines, radio stations and television stations are increasingly producing online content as they seek ways to vertically integrate content across print, broadcast and online venues.
- They’re doing this to produce new income streams to replace traditional ones that have declined over the past decade.
- They’re also doing this to reach growing audiences that are increasingly turning to the Internet for information.
This is a fabulous opportunity for our students to work with and learn from professionals at a national broadcast news network. It also underscores the progressive journalism programs offered by UNL’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications as it trains our future generations of journalists.