My Name is Barney McCoy.
I’m an Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I teach our new media journalism course and broadcast news writing in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications.
I find my work stimulating. I enjoy working with colleagues and students on new, pioneering ways to shape news content via the web.
JournalCetera is my personal step in that direction. I blog about journalism, society and the revolutionary changes swirling around our worlds. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.
Many of my old newspaper and broadcasting friends worry that this is the end to journalism as we have known it. They have good reason to worry. Declining audiences for newspapers and broadcast news have caused dramatic revenue declines at most traditional news outlets in the United States.
As profits have plunged, thousands of seasoned journalists have been let go, offered early retirement or bought out of their jobs.
Some journalism students worry that they may not be able to compete for jobs in a journalism world that demands greater technical savvy and multi-tasking skills.
Is this really the end of journalism at its best? Are job opportunities truly fading for college journalism majors or are they opening somewhere else ?
I’m optimistic. I believe exciting opportunities exist because the Internet, social networking and wireless capabilities are empowering journalists and the broader global audiences they serve.
Indeed, these are exciting times. There is risk. There is also opportunity.
Why me? I first became excited about the possibilities of the Internet in 1994 when I used it as a platform at WILX-TV in Lansing, Michigan to discuss current events with 400 teachers and their students in elementary and middle schools in Michigan. In 1996, the Internet was the basis of my master’s thesis that explored television, the Internet and education.
Between 1999 and 2006, I had the opportunity to work as a “converged” journalist, helping to create content for the Web sites of WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio and the Columbus Dispatch newspaper and their primary properties. It’s a wonderful, powerful accountability tool for freedom of the press and free speech.
About me: I am primarily an educator, having taught at the university level since 2006. Before that, I was a full-time broadcast, print and on-line journalist for 27 years. Besides teaching, these days I still write newspaper articles and produce television and radio news reports for print, broadcast and the web, and I produce documentaries.
Over the years I’ve reported in war zones, covered human and natural disasters, presidential conventions, one presidential inauguration and the September 11th, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.
I’ve worked at WIBW-TV, Topeka, KS., KCTV, Kansas City, MO, WKBD-TV, Detroit, MI., WILX-TV, Lansing, MI. and WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH.
I’ve also worked as a contributing reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, Associated Press, CBS, CNN, the Ohio News Network, Nebraska Educational telecommunications (NET), and lectured on new media and convergence journalism at the Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Communications in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010.
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.