About JournalCetera


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.

14 Responses to About JournalCetera

  1. MrBarns says:

    Hey, I found your blog in a new directory of blogs. I dont know how your blog came up, must have been a typo, anyway cool blog, I bookmarked you. 🙂

  2. Barney:

    Really nice work on this blog. Great insights on a variety of subjects.

    John McCarthy

  3. Wonderful articles, I look forward to following your blog. I will be sharing your blog with the journalism teacher at the high school where I work, I know her students will find this very interesting and exciting. thank you.

  4. Jon says:

    It would be great if you opened a Cc:Everybody account (cceverybody.com) and give us (your readers) a way of emailing you publicly. This way the work you put into answering those emails won’t go to waste in the inbox, and we can all read about your views and opinions about the topic we send you – what do you say?

  5. barneymccoy says:

    Please send me examples of your tips for students.

  6. Carmela Bernales Figari says:

    Great articles, you probably don’t remember me – your neighbor in KC 4544 Summit. Hope things are going well for you, will look into your blog.
    The chilean mine rescue articule was excelent!

    • barneymccoy says:

      Great to hear from you Carmela…..We’re all doing great. Two girls, one at KU and Joanne’s working in real estate. And you? – Barney

      • Carmela Bernales Figari says:

        I have two boys Andrew 22 graduated from Missouri State last May and is now in Barcelona teaching elementary school kids, kinder through 5th, part of a grant provided by Spanish government, loving it – I will go see him in March/April for a couple of weeks, Paulo my youngest is a freshman in high school here in St. Louis. Two girls!!! that is great!! Of course yours daughters will be KU graduates. I work in retail merchandising, Director for a local St. Louis company have been with them for 7 years. So head to hear from you!!

      • barneymccoy says:

        That’s great to hear Carmela…Wow! A son in Spain. You must be mighty proud of both your sons. And if you blink again they’ll both be married with kids. Time goes faster, but somehow winters get longer as I get older.
        Please stay in touch, happy holidays and stop by if you’re ever in Lincoln.

  7. Baby Pickel says:

    Barney, I enjoy reading your blog and would love to have you stop by ours one day.
    If you dig it let me know, I would love to have eachother added to our blogs.


  8. Thank you for the informative and often inspiring blog. I enjoy stopping around.

  9. I found your blog from freshly pressed (congrats on a great post) and your questions here interest me very much. I live in Northern Ireland, a country coming out of thirty plus years of conflict and I really, really welcome the changes, particularly in broadcast journalism that the digital/web age brings. For someone like me who has felt powerless over the years in the repetitive journalism here it feels like we are beginning, at last, to have access to a wider viewpoint I believe we all here need! It feels so liberating, you have no idea how so. I could go on but just wanted to let you know I am interested in your question and I for one don’t think it is the end of journalism at its best 🙂 From bored with media in Belfast!

    • barneymccoy says:

      Thanks for writing. I share your views but worry that journalism risks being eroded because many of the traditional economic models that support it are in decline. Hopefully, those old models will gradually be replaced by more web-based journalism that readers and/or advertisers will be willing to support.

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