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2011.04.22 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

North Omaha Media Alliance Showcases Student Citizen Journalism

Omaha - High school students will be honored for their storytelling work about North Omaha at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, at the Thompson Alumni Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

The event is sponsored by the North Omaha Media Alliance (NOMA), in collaboration with UNO School of Communication students and faculty, Benson High School Magnet and Girls Inc. of Omaha.

NOMA teaches high school students about social media and citizen journalism through the guidance of university students. Student reporters reflect on issues related to civic engagement as well as larger political issues facing the nation, said Dr. Lynnette Leonard, associate professor and NOMA director.

Students will give presentations of their work, highlighting such topics as national and local disasters, human trafficking and divorce.

Adrian Whittsett, KETV NewsWatch 7 weekend anchor, will serve as emcee. Special guests include: Thomas Warren, president and CEO of the Urban League of Nebraska; Paul Sather, director of UNO Service-Learning Academy; Roberta Wilhelm, executive director of Girls Inc. of Omaha; and Peggy Pavlik, magnet coordinator at Benson High School Magnet.

The North Omaha Media Alliance (NOMA), founded in 2009, is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing perceptions of North Omaha one story at a time. NOMA empowers students with skills to successfully use technology as part of their own story telling.

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