TMU 5(29) -- November 11, 2008

Historic election night
Convergence spans UNO media platforms

The Omaha News aired more than four hours of election night live coverage on TKN Cox 17/Qwest 74.

The broadcast is archived as a Real video streaming online file at the news page:

Chris Allen, Mike Hilt, UNO Television and more than 50 students did a fabulous job of pushing the envelope with live Internet reports, Verizon Wireless cellphone reporting and superb production.

Student Brandon Gleed reported live Douglas County returns

“Mike and I challenged our students from the first day of class, and they responded in a way that I can only call professional,” Allen said. “They were prepared and they took their jobs seriously.”

The new donated anchor desk from WOWT, which you might recognize from their old set, added to the very professional look of the broadcast. Faculty members Hugh Reilly, Barb Pickering, Lynnette Leonard and Gail F. Baker contributed excellent and thoughtful commentary.

Journalism students produced an election night blog from a newsroom in Arts and Sciences Hall. “It was truly a unique experience, and one I will never forget,” student Sarah Casey said. “I can't think of a better way to have spent the evening than spending it in the newsroom and watching the returns and historic moments with fellow students and staff.”

At KVNO-FM, Dave Ogden and his students had election reports throughout the evening in our most extensive effort to date.

Students write about Obama win
Blog features news and commentary

Journalism faculty teamed with School of Communication student reporters and photographers to produce an election night blog. You can see this work at or:

Karen Weber, Sherrie Wilson, Kathy Tewhill and Michelle Thies gave students the experience of deadline pressure. The blog pushed the technology by experimenting with online video and slideshows.

Gateway Editor Scott Stewart filed updates on Douglas County election returns.

The North Omaha Media Alliance, a coalition of UNO, Omaha North High Magnet School and Girls Inc students, faculty and staff, was on campus for election night viewing. This group posted election reflections on the blog.

“The School of Communication appreciates community support in helping to educate our broadcasting students on the latest convergence journalism techniques,” Director Jeremy Lipschultz said. “We depend upon engagement with the Omaha community to train the next generation of media professionals.”

NOMA reflections on election night at 7 p.m.
Girls Inc. of Omaha

This night is very heart-pounding: this election will change the lives of many, including other future generations. At this moment, as I type, it is too early to tell the future president of my country. If Barack Obama wins, then I will be completely astonished and satisfied with our government. If John McCain wins, then it will be a total OBAMAnation to all. Whoever leads us, I wish them to apply peace and prosperity to our country.

Tonight is a night that I will never forget. In my heart, I pray that Obama wins. No matter what happens history will be made. If Obama wins, he will be the first African-American President. If John McCain wins, he would be known as America’s oldest President, and Sarah Palin would be the first female Vice-President. Truthfully in my heart I think that if McCain wins, then the world would be completely adulterated.
Precious, 14

Tonight is the night that we make history in the United States. Our world is in turmoil and in need. We cannot be lead by a man whose age outweighs his accomplishments. Obama would be a help to my family and the other middle class Americans. Joe Biden has more experience than Palin and McCain put together. McCain shows no humility, in my opinion; truthfully, I think he wants his name to have immortality.
Ciera, 16

Today has been a very exciting day. All day I have sported my Obama shirt. Everywhere I looked I saw kids with their Obama shirts. Today will be a flashbulb memory, a memory you will remember for your whole life. One day I will tell my grandchildren about this day. Watching the results on T.V. is very frustrating. All the results either haven’t been reported or are too close to call. Who will be the next president????
Denai, 15

Bellevue East High School
Today is a somewhat important day in America. Today we line up outside, wait for hours in order for us to have a chance to vote for whom we want to be our next president. Whether you chose the conventional Democrat or Republican candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain respectively, or less popular third party candidates such as Ron Paul or Ralph Nader or even write-ins such as Chuck Norris, the choice is entirely up to you. It’s great we live in a country where we may freely vote for whomever we want and have our voice heard. Watching the turnout on TV is exciting as we can see how the world votes live and keep up-to-date stats on who is winning where. I, in particular, favor no candidate; I blame some of my apathy on the fact that I have yet to reach voting age but perhaps I will gain even more interest during next election when I will be old enough to vote, So if Obama or McCain wishes to run for a second term I can help either keep them in or kick them out of office. But no matter whom wins I hope our next president will be able to lead our Nation to greatness and help pull us out of the shadows that we have currently begun to slip into.
Ian, 15

National webinar
Pickering speaks at NCA event

Barb Pickering
participated in a webinar on the 2008 Presidential Election sponsored by the National Communication Association.

Panelists on the webinar were Pickering, Diana Carlin, University of Kansas (National DebateWatch Project coordinator); and Philip Dalton, Hofstra University.

The panelists discussed their experiences with the “DebateWatch 2008” project and answered questions from communication faculty around the country.

Pickering and her political broadcasting students coordinated four UNO DebateWatch events that attracted more than 500 participants to the Milo Bail Student Center and Thompson Alumni Center.

The UNO events received coverage from the Omaha World-Herald, and live 10 p.m. reports on KETV-TV 7, KPTM-TV 42 and KMTV-TV 3. Pickering also was interviewed on KFAB’s morning show and KMTV’s mid-day news program.

Shanghai billboards
Artist opens China to free expression

Mathieu Borysevicz
, who lectured at UNO in 2003 and produced a series of Omaha billboards, filed this report from Shanghai:

“After much planning, production, censorship and mutual compromise, I am pleased to announce the installation of 'Untitled (Pudong, Shanghai)', the 7th in my series of site specific billboards and first in China. Please join us Sunday Nov. 9 between 3-5PM for an informal gathering at the Himalaya Center Construction site at the corner of Meihua and Fangdian Lu in Pudong.”

“Pudong, Shanghai is an urban wonder: In the course of only a decade, what was farmland has been cultivated into an entirely modern city which now hosts some of the tallest buildings in the world. Behind this miraculous transformation are hundreds of thousands of construction workers. These migrant laborers sleep, eat and work on the construction site itself. They move from construction site to site but seldom enter the social structure of the city itself. Large-scale blinds are often erected around the edges of the sites that these workers call home and are wrapped in vinyl advertising billboards. This form of signage is particularly illustrative of China’s rapid pace of urbanization and its burgeoning consumer society. The construction blind is not only a precursor to the building under construction (and its future role in the market) but also denotative of the social politics of an increasingly classed society. The construction blind helps to erase the presence of the construction laborer and his peripheral, second-class status.”

“Untitled (Pudong, Shanghai) is one in a series of site specific billboards that responds to the proliferation of large scale advertising images upon the urban environment by indexing the social/political relevance of the billboard site itself. Here, images of workers within the barricade replace the commercial billboard. It is at once a testimony to the workers and their role in shaping China’s hyper modern environment as well as an attempt to neutralize the continual commodification of urban space.”

“This project is part of Zendai Museum of Modern Art’s INTRUDE: ART and LIFE series. The project was also made possible by the help of: DDM Warehouse. Special Thanks: Zhu Tao, Daniel Traub, Sofia Wang and All the Workers of the Himalaya Center’s Construction Site!”

For more info on the billboard series please visit: or

UNO forensics
Fantastic freshman advance at Creighton

Four of five new recruits advanced to the final rounds, as seven of 13 UNO Forensics team members competed at Creighton University, Oct. 25-26.

From left: Niveditha Rajagopalan, Blaine Miller, Luke Hoffman, and Tessie Stednitz.

Results from the Creighton University Invitational, Saturday October 25th
Niveditha Rajagopalan (freshman) Championed Program of Oral Interpretation
Tessie Stednitz (freshman) earned 2nd place in Poetry and Program of Oral Interpretation
Matt Eledge (senior) Championed Poetry
Buey Ruet (senior) placed 2nd in Persuasion
Blaine Miller (freshman) earned 4th place in Informative Speaking and 5th place in Prose
Cortney Griffith (sophomore) earned 4th place in Dramatic Interpretation

UNO placed fourth overall.

Results from the Creighton Alumni Invitational, Sunday, October 26th
Matt Eledge Championed Program of Oral Interpretation and placed 3rd in Poetry
Cortney Griffith earned 4th place in Dramatic Interpretation and 6th place in Program of Oral Interpretation
Blaine Miller earned 4th place in Informative Speaking
Laurie Welch earned 6th place in Impromptu

Of note
Excellence in action

Lynnette Leonard received a University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching travel grant to attend the National Communication Association meeting this month in San Diego.

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Bruce Johansen published, “Greenland’s Icemelt Speeding Up” in the November/December issue of Nebraska Report, p. 6.

Did you know?

People in the news

Faculty members will assist with mock interviews Nov. 17, as students in the internship class hone their skills.

The UNO Office of Career Exploration and Outreach assists with the training.

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The following faculty attended Ana Cruz’s research colloquium: Bob Carlson, Mary Anna Kidd, Jeremy Lipschultz, Teresa Lamsam, Hugh Reilly, Cynthia Robinson-Moore and Randy Rose. Graduate student Kenny Hopkinson also attended the event. Cruz presented her research on the Summer Scholars program, and there was an excellent discussion following the formal remarks.

Evidence of excellence

1. Chris Allen speaks to the media management class about the upcoming international communication course trip to London.

2. Warren Francke introduced Northwestern University Professor Loren Ghiglione at his talk last month.

The week in photos
Images from around the school

PRSSA students recently presented in Detroit

Marlina Davidson’s synergy class students

School alumni board tours UNO TV

NBS students Cody Cheshier and Jake Buckingham raise money by holding a bake sale

PRSSA cake celebrates dual first place national awards

Dates & times
Mark calendars for interesting events

15 & 16 – UNO Forensics @ Doane College.

20 - Thursday, Nov. 20 Thanksgiving Bake Sale first floor ASH 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

5 – Nebraska Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy will officiate at the Certified Public Manager (CPM)
graduation on Dec. 5 at the new CPACS Collaborating Commons on campus at UNO, 4 -6 p.m.

CFAM college meeting, Thompson Alumni Center, 3 p.m.
CFAM college Holiday Party, Thompson Alumni Center, 4 p.m.

10 – School of Communication Holiday Party, Arts and Sciences Hall 140, 11:30 a.m.

15 - High School Journalism Dinner, 6-9 p.m. at the MBSC Chancellor’s Room.

12 - Thursday, Feb. 12 Valentine's Day Bake Sale first floor ASH 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

26 - Thursday, Feb. 26, MBSC Nebraska Room Bateman team campaign event for National Banking Association College Program 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

12 - Thursday, March 12, MBSC Nebraska Room One-Five-0 and in Control Alcohol Awareness event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

31 - Thursday, March 31, MBSC Dodge Room Communication Career Development Workshop 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

23 - High School Journalism Workshop, 12 p.m. at the MBSC Ballroom.
28 - PRSSA Presentations, 4 p.m. at the MBSC Chancellor’s Room.
30 - 10 a.m. Scholarship Breakfast at the MBSC Chancellor’s Room; 5th Annual Alumni Panel at 1 p.m. at the MBSC Dodge Rooms); 54th Annual Awards Banquet, 6 p.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center.

8 - Friday, May 8, at the MBSC Ballroom School of Communication Graduation Breakfast 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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