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2008.10.20 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Students Prep for Live Election Night Coverage on Radio, TV, Web

Omaha - About 50 University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) School of Communication students, along with UNO faculty and UNO-TV staff, will collaborate to cover election results on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The plan for the night is as follows.

(1) The Omaha News: Vote 2008 will air live election coverage on Nov. 4, beginning at 7 p.m., on The Knowledge Network (available to viewers with both Cox and Qwest video services, channels 17 and 74, respectively). Coverage will include reports on the presidential election, the Terry-Esch race, the Johanns-Kleeb race and Initiative 424 (the Affirmative Action ban). Reporters will provide live coverage from the Terry, Esch, Johanns and Kleeb headquarters.

(2) In The Omaha News studio on the UNO campus (inside the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building), commentary will be provided by UNO faculty members Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Gail Baker, Barbara Pickering, Hugh Reilly, Lynette Leonard, Doug Paterson, as well as representatives from Nebraska's Democratic and Republican parties.

(3) Radio students will provide election coverage on Classical 90.7 KVNO.

(4) Public Affairs Reporting students will blog about election results on The Omaha News Web site, while News Editing and Computer Mediated Communication students will assist with editing and provide technical support for the bloggers: http://omahanewspreelection.blogspot.com/

(5) A live feed of the broadcast will also be available at www.theomahanews.com.

Verizon Wireless donated wireless equipment and services to the School of Communication and provided a data specialist to work with UNO students to incorporate the use of technology in the classroom. The wireless equipment will not only be used for the The Omaha News broadcast on Nov. 4, but also in communication classes throughout the semester.

The Verizon Wireless initiative is a pilot program to train broadcasting students in the use of wireless technology to assist in convergence journalism.

School of Communication faculty stress to UNO students that The Omaha News is not a student production, but a public service to Omaha residents.

“The School of Communication appreciates the support from Verizon Wireless in helping educate our broadcasting students on the latest convergence journalism techniques,” said Director Jeremy Lipschultz.

Editor’s note: Reporters are welcome to cover any and all aspects of UNO’s coverage on election night. Preview stories in advance of election night are also possible and would include interviews with UNO students and Chris Allen, School of Communication professor and executive producer of The Omaha News. Contact Wendy Townley, UNO University Relations, at wtownley@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-2762.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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