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  1. Anna Mostek
    August 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Anna Mostek
    Section 151

    My name is Anna Mostek. I’m a junior News-Editorial major from Omaha, Nebraska. I decided to become a Husker because of the Journalism College and the close proximity to Omaha. After graduation I hope to join the staff of a newspaper as a photographer and hopefully own a photography business someday.

    I had an internship at a newspaper this summer and found that it’s best to be very well-rounded in our business. That is, it is much better for you if you can write, read, edit, shoot still and video rather than master just one. I feel this class will help me further these skills. I hope to be able to edit flawlessly after this class!

    I love photography and reading, movies and coffee. I went on an in-depth reporting trip to South Africa this summer and had the most amazing experience of my life. The people I met and places I visited have made such an impact on me that I hope to someday become a foreign correspondent (perhaps in South Africa!). Almost every member in my family went to college here, so I feel I’m carrying on the tradition in a way.

    A little unknown fact about me: Last year while I was shooting the Nebraska-Nevada game I was tackled on the sidelines and broke three ribs. On a scale from 1 to 10 I think my knowledge of grammar, punctuation and AP style is a 5 or 6. The last book series I read is the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer (READ THEM!). When I’m home in Omaha, I devour the World-Herald everyday. Here in Lincoln I read the Journal Star and Daily Nebraskan. My favorite website would have to be Yahoo! News. I have blogged in the past, but don’t consider myself and avid blogger.

    I do have media/communication experience. I’ve had two internships the past two summers and will be working for the Lincoln Journal Star and Hastings Tribune this fall. I’m actually studying abroad next semester and looking for an internship in Scotland. My computer crashed while I was in South Africa so I have to redo my entire resume and portfolio.

  2. Travis Beck
    August 26, 2008 at 3:38 am

    Name. My name is Travis J. Beck.
    Year in school. I am a Junior.
    Where are you from? I was born and raised here in Lincoln, Nebraska.
    Why did you come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln? I came to UNL because it was convenient in transferring from Southeast Community College.
    What is your major? I am a News-Editorial major specializing in photojournalism.
    Career Goals? One career goal of mine is to work for a company/organization that allows me to travel and have creative freedom in meeting people and telling their stories through photography and writing.
    Why are you taking this course (besides the fact it is required)? What do you hope to get out of it? I hope to build a strong foundation of editing and writing skills while meeting new people and gaining a new perspective in journalism. I hope to have fun as well.
    Outside interests, hobbies, avocations, things you are passionate about?
    I am an avid musician who enjoys jamming/singing with friends just as much as playing on the street to strangers. Some of my hobbies include poetry, photography, snowboarding, reading, listening to and playing music, tossing frisbee and traveling to new places and meeting new people.
    Tell me one interesting or surprising thing about you – something that makes you unique. When I was a senior in high-school, I was arrested for not paying off a fine. The fine was for unlawful entry into a state park months prior. As I was being handcuffed and escorted to the police cruiser, students were coming back from lunch witnessing the whole thing. Somehow, I wasn’t embarassed, probably because I had nothing to hide.
    I also read an original poem at my high-school graduation ceremony.
    Are you the first person in your family to attend a university? I am the first person to attend a university on my mom’s side, my dad is the only other family member that’s a college graduate.
    On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being top-notch, how would you rate your knowledge of grammar, punctuation and AP style? Considering that it took me three times to pass the entrance exam to Jour 102, I would say my comprehension of grammer jazz is a 5.9.
    What books are you reading and have read in the last three months?
    I am currently reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Before that I read a book entitled, The End Of America, by a journalist named Naomi Wolfe.
    What magazines, newspapers and news Web sites do you read regularly?
    I regularly read the Lincoln Journal Star and the New York Times. My favorite website for news is Aljazeera. I also thoroughly enjoy listening to news on NPR; I think audio is my favorite way to follow major headlines.
    What is your favorite Web site? My favorite news website is Aljazeera. Yahoo Mail is probably my other favorite web site simply because I use it the most out of any site.
    Do you blog? I just recently created a photo blog to chronicle photos I take, so yes, I guess I do.
    Do you have any media/communication experience? If so, what? The only media/communication experience I have is shooting for the Daily Nebraskan and writing a few concert reviews over the summer.
    Are you pursuing a media related internship or job at this time? Right now, I work at The Daily Nebraskan only. My goal for next summer is to earn a internship at a newspaper on the West coast, preferably Washington.
    Do you have an updated resume in your files? I keep my resume as up-to-date as I possibly can, yet, I don’t use it much.

  3. Kylie Kinley
    August 29, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Kylie Kinley
    NEWS 201
    Section 151
    My name is Kylie Kinley and I am a sophomore news-editorial major from Blue Hill, Neb. I came to UNL because I was impressed with the facilities of the journalism school and because whether I was here to attend a Husker game or to compete at the state FFA convention, I always had a blast when I visited Lincoln.
    My career goals include working for a history magazine, becoming a copy editor or being a full time author. I really enjoy proofreading and I hope this course helps me increase my grammar and mechanics skills so I can be both a better editor and a better writer.
    In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing, cooking, spending time with my family and improving my relationship with God.
    One interesting thing about me is that I am a published author. My young adult fantasy novel called “Betwix” hit bookstores in June 2008, and I have been spending much of my free time promoting the book and working on its sequel.
    Both of my parents attended college and they instilled a love for reading and writing in me at a very early age. My mom, a former English teacher, has helped me with my grammar skills considerably. Because of her tutelage, I feel that my grammar and punctuation knowledge deserves an 8. However, I give my AP style knowledge a 6.
    Over the summer, I read the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer twice and then went on a classics kick that included “Pride and Prejudice,” “Wuthering Heights” and “The Once and Future King.” I am currently reading the “Georgia Nicolson” series by Louise Rennison.
    I read the Omaha World Herald regularly, and I read Time and Newsweek on occasion. My favorite fun Web site is stephaniemeyer.com and my favorite news Web site is CNN.com. I have never blogged before, but I have always thought that the concept sounded interesting.
    I have worked at my local paper, The Blue Hill Leader, for the past four summers as a typesetter, photographer and senior reporter. I currently work for the Nebraska State Historical Society as a research assistant. Last year, two of my jobs at the Society were writing a historical article for The Nebraska Cattlemen magazine and contributing to the documentary “Beef State.”
    And, finally, I created a resume in my journalism 102 class last fall and updated it last spring.

  4. Kara Brown
    August 29, 2008 at 6:07 am

    Name. Year in school.
    Karalynn Emma Brown. I’m a seniorish junior, if that makes any sense.
    Where are you from?
    Gretna, a suburb of Omaha.
    Why did you come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
    From time to time I ask myself the same question, and the answer is always a sad but true “Monnney.” Although I had my heart set on a prestigious Chicago college, it’s hard to beat UNL’s in-state scholarships, especially when one has an affinity for international travel and some (still fuzzy) further education plans.
    What is your major?
    I’m a news-editorial and international studies major, with minors in English, Spanish and probably history.
    Career Goals?
    I’m not one for decisiveness, but here it goes: In two years, I plan to be in the Peace Corps teaching English or doing NGO/community development in either Jordan, Eastern Europe, or somewhere in South America, depending on how my study abroad and language learning pan out. In five years, I plan to be in law school for international human rights, in graduate school for English/sociology, or working as a journalist, hopefully in order to do foreign corresponding, all depending on how the Peace Corps pan out.
    I have a lot of interests.
    Why are you taking this course (besides the fact it is required)? What do you hope to get out of it?
    I hope to refine my AP familiarity, of course. It is in constant need of refinement.
    Outside interests, hobbies, avocations, things you are passionate about?
    I believe in international cooperation and full engagement in the world community. I teach English as a learned language to immigrant women and read and think about cultures, language and education structures and disenfranchised groups.
    I’m interested in how these groups, especially women in the Muslim world and the Eastern European bloc, are feeling the backlash of globalization on all levels. And I’m passionate about getting groups in power, like comfortable Midwestern university students, to care.
    I’m incredibly passionate about art—in the visual, musical, written, spoken (Spanish and English now, hopefully Arabic or Russian soon), eaten and worn forms. I, like Vonnegut, believe it makes life worth living.
    And finally, today I’m pretty passionate about my mom’s poetry, dorking around in a house on 16th Street, and a song called “The Wild Kindness.”
    Tell me one interesting or surprising thing about you – something that makes you unique.
    I love falafel, which consists of fried chickpeas in a pita, almost more than life and ate it nearly every weekend night when I lived in Spain. Other than that, I firmly believe that seeing the previous subcategory will suffice for uniqueness. I’m a pretty weird gal.
    Are you the first person in your family to attend a university?
    I’m not; my parents both have their masters.
    On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being top-notch, how would you rate your knowledge of grammar, punctuation and AP style?
    Intuitively, I would say that I have a 7.5 grasp of my native language.
    However, because AP style is often unintuitive, I would rate myself at approximately a 6.74.
    What books are you reading and have read in the last three months?
    This could also fit under my “passionate” subcategory.
    At present I’m really into stream-of-consciousness, like Virginia Woolf, and post-colonial literature, like Salman Rushdie. Other recently enjoyed authors include Vonnegut’s semi-autobiography, Audre Lorde, Tim O’Brien, Leslie Feinberg, Walt Whitman and a gamut of essays on women in pop culture.
    What magazines, newspapers and news Web sites do you read regularly?
    The Journal-Star, the Times (especially on Tuesday), the DN, my atheist economist/computer scientist brother’s lovely forwards. I also (shamefully) enjoy the occasional fashion magazine. But it has to be at least partially artistic.
    What is your favorite Web site?
    I enjoy Onepercentproductions.com for concert creeping and Homestarrunner.com for good times with the Teen Girl Squad.
    Do you blog?
    Nope. But perhaps I should; I do enjoy reading them.
    Do you have any media/communication experience? If so, what?
    I suppose one could say that. I am currently an “Editor Intern” (indentured servant) for an online publication called Watching America, which translates foreign press articles about the U.S. into English for the small and peculiar percentage of the American population that actually care what everyone else thinks.
    And then there´s the obligatory high school newspaper and Alumni Magazine.
    Are you pursuing a media related internship or job at this time?
    Sort of, and sort of not. I am possibly studying abroad next semester, so the answer to this question is contingent on that.
    Do you have an updated resume in your files?
    Yes; what kind of self-respecting overachiever would I be without one?

  5. Matt Knudsen
    August 29, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Matt Knudsen – Senior

    * Where are you from?

    Lincoln

    * Why did you come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?

    I guess I never really gave much thought to going anywhere else. Just always was going to come here.

    * What is your major?

    News-Editorial

    * Career Goals?

    I would like to somehow be involved in sports, be that in writing, broadcasting, or something not related to journalism at all.

    * Why are you taking this course (besides the fact it is required)? What do you hope to get out of it?

    I’m not sure there is much to it besides it is required, but I do know that I probably do not know all of the particulars to editing.

    * Outside interests, hobbies, avocations, things you are passionate about?

    Sports is a big one, especially Nebraska basketball, of course football is there too. Also, I am in the marching band and very passionate about that.

    * Tell me one interesting or surprising thing about you – something that makes you unique.

    I have sat in the front row at every Nebraska basketball home game for the past 5 years.

    * Are you the first person in your family to attend a university?

    No, most of the people in my family have been to college.

    * On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being top-notch, how would you rate your knowledge of grammar, punctuation and AP style?

    5

    * What books are you reading and have read in the last three months?

    I read the new book by Jason Peter about a month ago.

    * What magazines, newspapers and news Web sites do you read regularly?

    I read the Journal Star and the DN pretty much every day, also journalstar.com and huskersillustrated.com

    * What is your favorite Web site?

    huskerhoopscentral.activeboard.com

    * Do you blog?

    No

    * Do you have any media/communication experience? If so, what?

    I would like to be able to say I do, but I don’t really.

    * Are you pursuing a media related internship or job at this time?

    Not currently, but hopefully soon.

    * Do you have an updated resume in your files?

    Yes, I recently searched for a new job.

  6. Charlie Pfister
    August 29, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Name. Year in school.
    Charlie Pfister, Junior
    Where are you from?
    Omaha
    Why did you come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
    close to home, in-state tuition
    What is your major?
    News-Ed, Pre-law
    Career Goals?
    no clue yet, hopefully something in sports
    Why are you taking this course (besides the fact it is required)? What do you hope to get out of it?
    To become a much better editor and writer
    Outside interests, hobbies, avocations, things you are passionate about?
    Sports of all kind. Watching them, playing them. Golf and fishing are my favorite things to do in my free time. I also love hiking and camping and basically everything outdoors.
    Tell me one interesting or surprising thing about you – something that makes you unique.
    I go to UNL, but I don’t like the Huskers. I’m a huge Wisconsin Badgers fan.
    Are you the first person in your family to attend a university?
    Yes
    On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being top-notch, how would you rate your knowledge of grammar, punctuation and AP style?
    7
    What books are you reading and have read in the last three months?
    Into the Wild, Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Walden, On the Road
    What magazines, newspapers and news Web sites do you read regularly?
    Sports Illustrated, espn.com every day, Omaha World Herald, cnn.com
    What is your favorite Web site?
    espn.com
    Do you blog?
    no
    Do you have any media/communication experience? If so, what?
    No
    Are you pursuing a media related internship or job at this time?
    no
    Do you have an updated resume in your files?
    no

  7. Logan Thompson
    August 29, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Logan Thompson – Junior

    * Where are you from?
    Johnson Lake, NE

    * Why did you come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
    I wanted to stay in Nebraska. I was interested in UNL, and after visiting I made my decision. Plus, they’re giving me a big bucket of money.

    * What is your major?
    Broadcast Journalism

    * Career Goals?
    Ideally I’d like to do something in entertainment, but I’m a news junkie as well so I could handle a “real” job like that.

    * Why are you taking this course (besides the fact it is required)? What do you hope to get out of it?
    It was recommended by a friend as a good course.

    * Outside interests, hobbies, avocations, things you are passionate about?
    I love computers, sports, drawing/graphic design. I read as much as I can.

    * Tell me one interesting or surprising thing about you – something that makes you unique.
    I’m a huge nerd but a lot of people don’t know it.

    * Are you the first person in your family to attend a university?
    Yes

    * On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being top-notch, how would you rate your knowledge of grammar, punctuation and AP style?
    7

    * What books are you reading and have read in the last three months?
    “The Restaurant at the end of the Universe,” “The Andromeda Strain,” “Brave New World”

    * What magazines, newspapers and news Web sites do you read regularly?
    The Drudge Report (online), “The Lincoln Journal Star” and “The Daily Nebraskan”

    * What is your favorite Web site?
    http://www.hotair.com

    * Do you blog?
    I don’t have a personal blog, but I post on blogs

    * Do you have any media/communication experience? If so, what?
    I worked at a radio station in high school, and I still work for them part time. I had limited on-air experience.

    * Are you pursuing a media related internship or job at this time?
    I’m very interested in an internship, but haven’t started yet.

    * Do you have an updated resume in your files?
    Yes

  8. Jessie Evertson
    August 29, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Jessie Evertson
    Junior
    I am from Waverly, NE- so basically I am from Lincoln. I chose the University of Nebraska-Lincoln because of its awesome J-School and because my dad works on east campus so I get one-fourth of a year for free. I am not the first in my family to attend a university. My majors are News-Editorial and Political Science. I am taking this course because I hope it will help me with my editing skills and AP knowledge. My knowledge of grammar is decently average. I would rate it at 5.
    I don’t have much time for anything but work and school. I work at the Daily Nebraskan during the week and Runza on the weekend. My hobbies include listening to emo music when I’m sad, rock when I’m happy and hard rock when I’m angry. One thing that makes me unique is that I had a sugar glider with three legs named Tripod. Also, I have the word ‘Unica’ tattooed on my back, which means unique in Italian and only in Spanish. I read when I have the time, which is not often. In the last three months I read all of the Twilight series and “The Know-It-All”. Every day I read the Daily Nebraskan, Journal Star and the Times online or in print. My favorite website is Facebook, where I sometimes blog. I blog most often on my Myspace.
    My experience in media is limited to my work at the Daily Nebraskan and my past internship at the Waverly News. I am currently looking for internships at newspapers for next summer. All of my experience is listed in my resume, which I update often.

  9. Kate Veik (the rest...whoops)
    August 29, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    I enjoy running, music and Waverly Films (YouTube it).
    My dad went to UN-L for engineering back in the day.
    On a scale, I’d say I’d probably be a 4 when it comes to AP Style and Grammar.
    I’m working on Grapes of Wrath. I just finished my first David Sedaris book, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, I liked it.
    I get Google alerts to my email and NYTimes.com. I enjoy reading Harper’s, Vogue and Marie Claire.
    My favorite Web site is probably the multimedia page on msnbc.com. I enjoy looking at the photos of the week and the photo blog.
    I’ve found that I’m too self-conscious to blog.
    I went on the Photojournalism trips to Kosovo and South Africa. Also, I’m shooting some pre-game photos for the Lincoln Journal Star.
    I would love to intern at World Vision.
    The most updated resume I have on file is about a year old.

  10. Kate Veik (the rest...whoops)
    August 29, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    My name is Kate Veik. I am a sophomore News- Editorial major from Omaha, Nebraska. I came to UN-L because of the journalism program. I’m still fairly undecided about a career path. Right now it’s between international photojournalism and teaching.
    I enjoy running, music and Waverly Films (YouTube it).
    My dad went to UN-L for engineering back in the day.
    On a scale, I’d say I’d probably be a 4 when it comes to AP Style and Grammar.
    I’m working on Grapes of Wrath. I just finished my first David Sedaris book, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, I liked it.
    I get Google alerts to my email and NYTimes.com. I enjoy reading Harper’s, Vogue and Marie Claire.
    My favorite Web site is probably the multimedia page on msnbc.com. I enjoy looking at the photos of the week and the photo blog.
    I’ve found that I’m too self-conscious to blog.
    I went on the Photojournalism trips to Kosovo and South Africa. Also, I’m shooting some pre-game photos for the Lincoln Journal Star.
    I would love to intern at World Vision.
    The most updated resume I have on file is about a year old.

  11. Kiah Haslett
    September 2, 2008 at 4:38 am

    My name is a Kiah Haslett and I sold my soul to the Daily Nebraskan this year. In exchange, I received a desk with my own computer. My computer monitor is very imposing.
    I am from Omaha, Neb. I am a sophomore news-editorial and economics double major with minors in women’s history and political science. I came to UNL because I thought I could more scholarship money than other institutions would give me and because of the strong journalism program here at UNL. Attending an in-state school also seemed more convenient because I have a lot of stuff. A lot of stuff.

    My career goals are fairly simple: I want to write about the things that interest or are important to me, and I want to write for a paper I’m proud to work for. I am taking this class because I’m not very good at mechanical editing. I am also not very good at spelling. After this class, I hope to be more aware of what I’m writing, how I’m saying it and how it’s understood. I’m all right at AP style – probably a six out of ten. Grammar, however, is a different story. I’m totally a four in that category.

    I am passionate about information and I’m interested in pretty much everything except sports. I like politics, I like shopping and I like working. I like talking to people. I like to talk. I like eating. I believe in service, faith and passion. I like nation and world news, politics, the environment, human rights issues, history and feminism. I like good movies and Kurt Vonnegut books. I like cheese ravioli – ask Kate V (who is also taking this class). I am very passionate about cheese ravioli.

    I am a soccer referee. I have been refereeing soccer since I was stopped playing when I was 12years old. I continue to referee even though I’m pretty apathetic towards sports because I make about $30 an hour. I was selected last year as Nebraska’s female youth soccer referee of the year, which I guess makes me an elitist referee.

    My mother attended college and has a doctorate. My dad earned his bachelor’s degree through funding from the G.I. Bill while he was in the Air Force.

    I’m in college and I don’t really read anymore. When I do, I like Jane Austen and Kurt Vonnegut. I read all of my assignments for class though, so I think I’m pretty good. I read magazines like it’s my job: TIME, Vogue, Harper’s and NYLON. I am too poor to follow most of their advice. MORE is a guilty pleasure of mine. The only newspaper I really trust is the New York Times and I don’t really have a favorite Web site but I’m on Facebook a lot. I don’t blog because my thoughts aren’t really important – other peoples’ are.

    Over the summer, I worked in Sen. Hagel’s press office in D.C. I did intern duties for them and mainly watched them interact with the media. I also work at the Daily Nebraskan. In about three weeks, I’m going to start freaking out about applying for internships, but for the time being, I’m not.

    My resume is less than a year old, but a lot happens in a year.

  12. Megan Nichols
    September 5, 2008 at 2:18 am

    Name. Year in school.
    Megan Nichols. Senior
    Where are you from?
    Lincoln, Neb.
    Why did you come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
    I came to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln because I’m from here and it’s cheaper than paying out-of-state tuition somewhere else.
    What is your major?
    News-Editorial and International Studies
    Career Goals?
    I’m thinking about joining the Peace Corps after graduation. After that I want to get my master’s degree in Journalism, Political Science or International Relations. Ultimately, I want to work for a human rights organization, such as Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch.
    Why are you taking this course (besides the fact it is required)? What do you hope to get out of it?
    I’m taking this class to become a better writer.
    Outside interests, hobbies, avocations, things you are passionate about?
    My hobbies are not limited to the list below and change according to the season. Generally, I’m willing to try anything once. Right now I’m into swimming, biking, hiking, camping and reading – pretty much anything that gets me off of my bum and outside.
    I’m passionate about learning about other countries; their governments, peoples and cultures. There’s nothing more humbling than realizing how small you are in the world.
    Tell me one interesting or surprising thing about you – something that makes you unique.
    I’m planning on studying in Ghana, Africa this spring.
    Are you the first person in your family to attend a university?
    No, most of my family (mother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.) has attended a university.
    On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being top-notch, how would you rate your knowledge of grammar, punctuation and AP style?
    6
    What books are you reading and have read in the last three months?
    I tend to lean toward the classics. This summer I’ve read, “Little Women” (I had a hard time getting into it), “Huckleberry Finn” (my favorite summer read), “Of Mice and Men” (it’s short) and “To Kill a Mockingbird” (another great summer read).
    What magazines, newspapers and news Web sites do you read regularly?
    Magazines – None.
    Newspapers – New York Times, Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal Star
    What is your favorite Web site?
    I don’t spend enough time surfing the web to have a favorite Web site.
    Do you blog?
    No
    Do you have any media/communication experience? If so, what?
    No
    Are you pursuing a media related internship or job at this time?
    I’m looking into my options.
    Do you have an updated resume in your files?
    No

  13. Tawny Burmood
    September 5, 2008 at 5:04 am

    My name is Tawny Burmood, I’m a junior, and I can’t believe I’m half way done with college. I’m from Waverly, Nebraska, just right outside of Lincoln, one of many reasons I decided to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life, but I had a feeling journalism might be it. In the beginning of my sophomore year I made it official, and made news-editorial my major. I am the first person in my family to attend a university.

    I would love to start off working for a newspaper, but I also want to get more involved in different aspects of journalism. One goal of mine is to do a lot of traveling. I really enjoy seeing new places, and I love to just drive. I’ve never flown, not because I’m afraid of flying but because I’ve never gotten the opportunity to. Last summer my family and I took a two week road trip to San Francisco, California, and drove along the coast to Seattle, Washington. With the four of us crammed into a car for two weeks, it was definitely interesting and a pretty good bonding opportunity. Now I’m ready to take on the east coast.

    I came back from my road trip with hundreds of pictures and memories, and found I enjoy photography. Some other interests of mine are music and dancing. I love all eras and types of music. As for dance, I started clogging for the Capital City Cloggers when I was eight years old, and was in it for nine years. Now-a-days I’m busy with school and working at the Daily Nebraskan and Dr. Leonards Healthcare.

    Other than the textbooks assigned in my classes, I don’t do much reading except for newspapers. I usually take advantage of the free newspapers on campus and pick up a Lincoln Journal star, Daily Nebraskan and the New York Times. I almost never read articles online, because I like having the paper out in front of me to read. The Web site I visit most often is probably MySpace. I don’t ever blog, mainly because I love to talk. I’m pretty shy until people get to know me, but people soon learn I’m a ‘talker’.

    After taking this class I want to feel confident with grammar, punctuation and AP style. I would rate my knowledge of these things a five out of ten, because I still have a lot to learn. I’m hoping my writing will improve dramatically with what I learn here and that grammar, punctuation and AP style rules will become like second nature. I would love to start interning this summer and get my foot in the door. My resume was last updated the end of last semester. I know the time is rapidly approaching to apply for internships, so I’m pretty nervous on getting everything together.

  14. Amber Johnson
    September 5, 2008 at 6:16 am

    My name is Amber Johnson and I’m a news-editorial major from Council Bluffs, Iowa.

    Why did you come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln? After recieving a full scholarship to Iowa State, I changed my plans at the last minute and decided to come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I was recruited by Joe Starita and Scott Winter and they assured me I’d be attending one of the best journalism colleges with the most qualified instructors.

    Career Goals? While I’m still a news-editorial major I’ve pretty much made up my mind that I do now want to write for a newspaper. My passion, instead, is writing for change. My dream job would be in non-profit or social justice. I hope to use my writing skills to educate and bring awareness.

    Why are you taking this course (besides the fact it is required)? What do you hope to get out of it? I originally took the Beginning Reporting course without taking this editing course and wished I had done differently. While my creative writing skills are strong my editing knowledge of AP style is very limited.

    Outside interests, hobbies, avocations, things you are passionate about? Outside of school I am very involved in the music scene. I play guitar and sing in my band called Ivory and Ebony. We perform at venues around the Lincoln and Omaha area. I write my own music, yet another passion I have. The pay is not bad either.

    Tell me one interesting or surprising thing about you – something that makes you unique. I have 12 piercings?

    Are you the first person in your family to attend a university? Although I’m not the first person in my family to attend a university, I hope to be the first one to graduate!

    On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being top-notch, how would you rate your knowledge of grammar, punctuation and AP style? I’d rate my knowlege about a 5.

    What books are you reading and have read in the last three months? The last books I read were The Celestine Prophacy, Stone Butch Blues and Sex and the City.

    What magazines, newspapers and news Web sites do you read regularly? Aol News and NYTimes.com.

    What is your favorite Web site? postsecret.blogspot.com.

    Do you blog? Yes.

    Do you have any media/communication experience? If so, what? No.

    Are you pursuing a media related internship or job at this time? No.

    Do you have an updated resume in your files? Yes.

  15. Jenna Gibson
    September 5, 2008 at 6:32 am

    My name is Jenna Gibson and I am a sophomore news-editorial and French major from Stillwater, Minnesota. When I was 12 years old I took a summer camp about journalism for fun, and ever since then my goal is to become a writer for a newspaper. My dream job would be working as a foreign correspondent in Africa or Asia.
    One of the reasons I decided to come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for my degree are the many international reporting opportunities for students. For example, this past summer I participated in a depth reporting project in Johannesburg, South Africa. Few other journalism programs can give me those types of invaluable learning opportunities linked directly to my career path. The open and friendly faculty and the strength of the honors program here at UNL also helped sway my decision.
    To be honest, the main reason I am taking this course is the requirement for my degree. However, I do think it is important for writers to know as much as possible about copy editing and writing properly. This class will surely improve my writing, and I may even learn enough to work as a copy editor if I decide to change career paths in the future.
    Besides writing for the Daily Nebraskan, which I enjoy very much, I love to read, swim and watch movies with friends. Although I am not overly active in politics, I do try to keep up with international news and try to know as much as possible about issues in Africa, where I hope to work one day.
    An interesting thing about me is that I was on the varsity synchronized swimming team at Stillwater Area High School for six years. Another thing that is fairly surprising is that I have a twelve-year-old brother who is taller than me.
    I am not the first person in my family to attend a university. My mom and dad both have degrees from the University of Minnesota, and most of my aunts and uncles also attended various universities.
    I do have exposure to Associated Press style, and worked as a copy editor in high school. However, my knowledge is fairly limited, and I would probably give myself a seven out of 10 for AP style knowledge.
    For the past few months, especially after my trip to South Africa, I have been reading quite a few books about various regions in Africa. I read “This House has Fallen: Midnight in Nigeria” by Karl Maier, “I didn’t do it for you: How the World Betrayed a Small African Nation” by Michela Wrong and “Me Against my Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan, and Rwanda” by Scott Peterson, among others. I am currently reading “Africa Doesn’t Matter: How the West has Failed the Poorest Continent and What We Can Do About it”, by Giles Bolton.
    The only magazine that I subscribe to and read every month is “Popular Science”. I get daily news alerts from Yahoo!News, and read the Daily Nebraskan and the Lincoln Journal Star on a regular basis.
    My favorite website at the moment would probably be http://www.yahoo.com. I have my e-mail there, and I really like the way they set up their homepage. They are a good source for news, and I get top headline updates from them every day.
    I do not have a blog that I update regularly, although I have blogged in the past.
    In high school I was on the student newspaper staff for three years, working my way from working as a copy editor to a position as the News Editor and finally working as the Editor-in-Chief. I worked as a news and beat reporter for the Daily Nebraskan all last year, and I am currently a senior reporter on their Special Projects Desk.
    I am looking at getting a reporting internship at a daily newspaper this coming summer; however, I have not started applying for them yet.
    I have a resume that was updated a few months ago. Before I apply for any internships, I plan to revise it slightly and add some recent accomplishments.

  16. Lauren Garcia
    September 5, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Lauren Garcia
    Junior
    College Station, TX

    I initially considered UNL because of a scholarship opportunity, however, once I came to visit I knew that the combination of the people, the atmosphere and the reputable journalism program was the perfect one for me.
    I am currently studying Advertising and News Editorial with concentrations in English, Spanish and history.
    I just recently decided that I want to pursue a career in Student Affairs. Working with students in higher education just sounds like it would be so fun. Who knows? I might be a dean or associate chancellor!
    I’m taking this course because I really like grammar and words in general. I think it’s really interesting how you can manipulate a single sentence to portray different tones and messages. I also love editing, so I think this class will be enjoyable. Plus, it’s always good to get better at writing.
    I have a lot of outside interests but among them are an organization called FOCUS(the Fellowship of Catholic University Students) in which I lead a Bible study for other college students, ASUN, our student government and giving tours for the office of Admissions. I spend a lot of time reading the New York Times, whether it’s for political coverage or the style section or for my favorite, the pictures of the day. I think it all comes down to communication and love. I love talking to people and sharing lives with one another. Any way I can do this, I’ll will and spend most of my time carrying it out.
    I can’t swim. :-/
    Both my parents attended a university and so did my older sister and brother.
    I would rate myself at a 6. I might just be playing it safe though.
    I just finished Truth, Lies and Advertising for my Advt 432 class. It was really good for a class assignment. I’m currently in the middle of Discernment of Spirits and Love and Responsibility by Pope John Paul II.
    I reread Catcher in the Rye and Fahrenheit 451 this summer.
    I usually pick up the Omaha World Herald and check the New York Times website every day. I also cnn.com pretty often. I like to read a Time Magazine every now and then too.
    I’d like to say nytimes.com, but I probably visit urbanoutfitters.com a lot more. Also, hulu.com is pretty great to find T.V. shows and movies online.
    I do not have a blog.
    I have very little media/communication experience.
    I am currently an intern for the McAuliffe Prize for Courage and Excellence in Education. I basically do promotions for it: sending emails, writing feature stories, making lots of calls.
    I do have an updated resume. However, it was on my flash drive, which I broke the other day. Yikes.

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