TMU 9(6), July 17, 2012

Teaching journalism in Dubai. Lecturer Jerilyn Kamm and Professor Jeremy Lipschultz taught in July at the Dubai Summer Journalism Skills Academy. The two  joined faculty members from Ball State University, San Jose State University and the University of Arizona July 4-18 at the Dubai Men’s College in Academic City.

Ten U.S. journalism professors taught 25 journalism professors from across Afghanistan active learning techniques in journalism classroom instruction. Three professors from UNO’s partner campus Kabul University attended the program. Faculty members from Herat University, Balkh University, Nangarhar University and Sheikh Zayed University also participated.

Kamm taught the group teaching techniques for public relations and graphic design. Lipschultz taught social media. Other faculty offered course materials in basic and advanced journalism, radio and television.

Media centers are being constructed at the universities in Afghanistan, and the Dubai Academy is part of a larger effort to support journalism education. UNO is in the midst of a three-year grant funding the partnership with Kabul University.

UNO wins Omaha Press Club, AP awards. Associate Professor Chris Allen won first place “Best Blog” in the Omaha Press Club competition for his Oman Journal. Allen and his wife Elaine lived in Oman last academic year. Allen received a Fulbright Award to teach and research at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat.

Allen is now presenting slides at Omaha presentations about life in Oman. He wears a white dishdasha and moussar during the talks.

KVNO radio and UNO Television also were recognized in the Omaha Press Club awards competition. Undergraduate Brandon McDermott won “Best Newscast” for a 5 p.m. broadcast. received a second place for its website. UNO Television received a third place award in the public affairs category for “Consider This: Flood Follow.”

Joe Shearer of the UNO Gateway won first place in the “Best Critical Writing/Review” category for “St. Louis’ Top Brass Blows Strauss Away.” He swept the “Best Photo Essay” category and was also recognized for news and sports photography.

Alumnus Howard K. Marcus won first place in the “Best Feature Story” category for “Studying Comics Religiously.”

In other competition, KVNO also won eight AP 2012 Great Plains Broadcast Awards in among stations from Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. News Director Robyn Wisch and Ben Bohall, a School of Communication graduate student, won first place for “Missouri River Flood.” Undergraduate Lindsey Peterson won first place for “Girls Rock!” Alumnus Jon Schriner and also were recognized.

Meanwhile, UNO Television won three Bronze Telly Awards for production quality. Producers Mike Pacholski and BJ Huchtemann were recognized for promotional spots for KVNO and and the ICU Learning English program. Brian Shaffer developed graphics for the projects. May graduate Josh Buda also won a Bronze Telly Award in the student TV commercial category.

Broadcasting student wins national award. Lindsey Peterson was one of eight students nationwide recognized by public radio news directors. Her feature “Unassisted: Home Birth in Nebraska” won in the student hard feature category. As a KVNO reporter, she received a $500 cash prize and attended the PRNDI conference. Peterson earlier was among a group of KVNO reporters winning a record 15 awards from the Northwest Broadcast News Association in Minneapolis, MN.

OPC Hall of Fame. Chair and Professor Emeritus Hugh Cowdin (photos by Howard K. Marcus) joined alumni Rudy Smith, Rose Ann Shannon and Phil Johnson in being inducted into the Omaha Press Club Hall of Fame. Smith and Johnson are retired from the Omaha World-Herald. Shannon, KETV news director, and Johnson were the first husband and wife recognized by the OPC. They celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary on the night of the dinner.

Academic excellence. Isaacson Professor Bruce Johansen wrote the foreword 
for the English-language edition of Kaia, Heroine of the 1944 Warsaw Rising by Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm (New York: Lexington Books, 2012).  This is the English edition of a Polish best seller about the Poles’ resistance to the Nazis by Ziolkoaska, a dual-citizen Polish-American who writes in both languages.

Teresa Trumbly Lamsam was a co-presenter for a workshop, “Digital narratives: Translating oral tradition into digi-viral empowerment for wellness” at the National Tribal Public Health Summit in Tulsa, OK. Digital narratives create an archive of  wellness journeys and a collaborative map of the paths to wellness for current and future generations, Lamsam said. Her presentation described and demonstrated some of the most popular social media and interactive tools. “We discussed how each tool is used and examined capabilities and measurements within each tool to evaluate its potential reach,” Lamsam said. Participants viewed current social media practices in health outreach in light of what research indicates about how to use these tools.

Professor Jeremy Lipschultz taught social media to Summer Immersion program students from India, Norway, China and Germany.

UNO’s chapter of Lambda Pi Eta hosted five students from Wayne State this spring. They met with UNO graduate students to discuss education and career opportunities.

Alumni updates. May graduate Cristina Sanchez landed a full-time, three-month internship with Edelman Chicago. She is working on health marketing for the Humana account.

Alumna Kristin Webb was hired as an account coordinator for Emspace.

May graduate Kate O'Dell has a paid 10-week internship at Lovgren. She is continuing her studies in nonprofit management at UNO and will be Gateway editor-in-chief in the fall.

Former Gateway editor Emily Johnson was hired as a reporter for the Papillion Times/LaVista Sun newspaper.

Alumnus Kyle Benecke produced a “Last Look at Rosenblatt” video for the Omaha World-Herald site.

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