Author Archives: Bernard McCoy

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.

Black Jack Pershing: Love and War

My latest documentary project “Black Jack Pershing: Love and War” is in distribution. Here’s the documentary’s trailer. For more information on the documentary go to JJPershing.com His name was John “Black Jack” Pershing and his roots ran deep in 20th century … Continue reading

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Insect Labor Day

What natural beauty lies and flies under our noses this Labor Day weekend in my Lincoln, Nebraska yard. The insect world is busy gathering nourishment for the cooler fall and winter temperatures that will begin arriving in the months ahead. … Continue reading

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A relection – 15 years ago : “From one who was there. In memory of 9/11.” 

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Samsung’s Galaxy 7: Not all it’s cracked up to be?

Pardon my pun but it’s the point of this blog. Don’t drop the Samsung Galaxy S7 because the glass may be easier to break than previous versions of the popular Galaxy phone. I purchased a Samsung Galaxy S7 this month. … Continue reading

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Muhammad Ali: My version

The news of Muhammad Ali’s death seemingly caught everyone’s attention last Friday. Especially those of us, and there are many, who met him personally. Ali touched so many lives. I was in awe of his brash confidence and exquisite boxing … Continue reading

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San Jose Mercury News: Credibility suffers when content and advertising clash

Did you read the news story about the sexual harassment charges flying at one of America’s most prominent college campuses? The writers and editors of the San Jose Mercury News knew a great deal about the story. They did an excellent … Continue reading

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Donald Trump bungles facts, history on General John Pershing, Pigs, and Muslims

Did GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump confuse fiction for fact when he recounted a story last week for an audience at a South Carolina campaign stop? The fable involves former WWI General John J. Pershing’s service in the Philippines in the early … Continue reading

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Oh the joy!

We had our first grandson last month. Our first grandchild. I haven’t experienced such joy since our own two daughters were born some two decades ago. Weston Glover McCoy arrived into our world two weeks ahead of schedule on November … Continue reading

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Some historical context for University of Missouri protestors who blocked journalists

Journalists are sometimes targets of criticism for the way we perform our jobs. The criticism is fair if a journalist knowingly get their facts wrong, act with bias, or if self-aggrandizement creeps into their reporting. (See: Brian Williams, NBC) It … Continue reading

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For journalists: A more dangerous world

Kill the messenger It’s the figurative “Kill the messenger” tactic- Try to discredit journalists because the truths they report expose deceit, fraud, illegal or immoral activity by those who are doing the condemning. “Killing the messenger” should not be confused … Continue reading

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