Down to business in a very “Gezohem qe te takova” way

University of Nebraska journalism professor Barney McCoy is teaching and working on a documentary this month in Kosovo.

Classes began at the Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Communication yesterday. I’m teaching the “Reporting News on the Web” class with nine students who come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Gezohem qe te takova, by the way, means “Pleased to meet you” in Albanian.

All of these men and women share a common interest: They’re working towards graduate degrees in journalism. They also work fulltime jobs before arriving for class each evening. The class discussions are stimulating, as I’ve learned from having lectured in Kosovo four other times since 2006.

I consider myself lucky. I believe each visit here blesses me with vivid experiences, bittersweet memories, new friends and a better understanding of the interconnectivity of this world.

It’s clear that the Internet is a powerful distribution tool for journalists. It has reshaped and changed our global society. The costs of distribution are the price of an Internet connection and a computer. The audience is local and global. The impact is almost immediate.

While news organizations traditional business models have been washed bare by the Internet, few people dispute the Web’s reach and potential. Click on the video below to see KIJAC students in action producing news content for the Web.

About Bernard McCoy

My views are my own and not a reflection of my employer. I'm a professor of Journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I've also been a working journalist for the past 29 years. I have covered news stories in war zones, reported on human and natural disasters, presidential conventions, a presidential inauguration and the September 11th, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. My career experiences include work as an award-winning documentary producer, television news reporter, photographer, producer, and anchor. I worked at WIBW-TV, Topeka, KS., KCTV, Kansas City, MO, WKBD-TV, Detroit, MI., WILX-TV, Lansing, MI. and WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH. I have also worked as a contributing reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, Associated Press, CBS, CNN, the Ohio News Network and lecture at the Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Communications. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in telecommunications management from Michigan State University.
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2 Responses to Down to business in a very “Gezohem qe te takova” way

  1. Naser Miftari says:

    It seems like you’re having a good time in Prishtina Barney. Enjoy!


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