The Daily Nebraskan
Second semester my sophomore year I started writing for the Daily Nebraskan (DN), University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s (UNL) student-run newspaper. I wrote for the Arts and Entertainment section for three semesters. Throughout this time I wrote a lot of stories about UNL’s theatre department, some previews for events happening around Lincoln, some student feature stories and a few movie reviews.
If there is one story that taught me the most about myself it was one of my very last stories with the DN. It is a story about student runners who were preparing for the Lincoln half-marathon. This story tested my networking and reporting skills. I had trouble finding students to interview because of conflict of interest and I don’t run so I didn’t know many people who did. After going through friends and friends of friends, I was able to interview five people, transpose the interviews, write and edit my story all the day it was due. Though the story didn’t run for a couple more days, the final product was amazing because I knew how hard I worked to get the story out on time and the overall layout of the section that day looks amazing and my story was the center piece of it.
I wrote about five film reviews over my time at the DN. Through writing reviews, I learned that even if you don’t like whatever you’re critiquing, you need to be able to still have a well written article and have solid reasoning behind your dislike for the film. After talking through this concept with my editors, I was able to apply it and have better written reviews even if I didn’t enjoy the movies as much. “In the Family,” left, is an example of a film I enjoyed and “Premium Rush,”right, is an example of a film I didn’t enjoy. Click on the photo to read the article.
While at the DN, I really enjoyed writing feature stories whether they focused on students or faculty. It was always interesting to be able to look into the life of someone who wasn’t a journalism major. I learned that the College of Journalism isn’t the only college that requires a lot more out of class work than expected. The student feature I’m most proud of is one written about a, now UNL alumna, theatre major. When I first interviewed Devon Schovanec, he told me of a time where he was misquoted by someone in an article and was wearing of it happening again. Though I take accuracy seriously for all stories I write, this particular story was even more important to me because I wanted to restore Schovanec’s faith in journalists. Whether I did so or not, I wrote one of my strongest pieces and one that others complimented me on as well. Writing this piece taught me that even though I always strive for accuracy, it never hurts to strive for it even more.
One story that I will never forget is the very first one I wrote for the DN. I wrote a preview for comedian Larry Miller’s one man show that was coming to the Lied Center for Performing Arts. Somehow, I was able to get an interview with Larry Miller himself. It was my first case of being a star struck journalist. To this day, that is one of the most fun interviews I have ever done. When I look back on this story, I remember how much fun being a reporter can be.