ABC News partners with UNL journalism college to open bureau on campus

ABC News is coming — to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

The college will open the newest ABC News On Campus bureau this month, offering students the opportunity to work with and learn from professionals at a national broadcast news network. The On Campus program is a partnership between the ABC television network’s news division and seven leading journalism schools.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with UNL’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications because the school represents the very best in journalism education,” said John R. Green, executive producer of special programming and development at ABC News. “The multi-disciplinary approach to journalism education and the outstanding caliber of faculty and students at UNL are just two of the reasons we knew we wanted to bring ABC News On Campus to Lincoln.”

The bureau, on the second floor of Andersen Hall, will be modeled on a network news bureau with full multimedia newsgathering responsibilities and its own state-of-the-art camera equipment, computers and editing software. ABC personnel will return Aug. 26-27, 2009, to train students, whose work will be featured across all ABC platforms.

Green and Susan Caraher, Midwest bureau chief for ABC News in Chicago, visited the college in April to interview students for the bureau. Emily Ingram will be bureau chief, and the three bureau members for the fall semester will be Elicia Dover, Brandi Kruse and Alina Selyukh.

“We are delighted our students will have a chance to work with and learn from professionals like those at ABC,” said Charlyne Berens, interim dean of the college. “It opens all kinds of new possibilities for learning and growth.”

All four bureau members are seniors and bring a wide variety of broadcast, print and online experience to their new assignments.

Ingram, a news-editorial and advertising major from Franklin, Neb., has previously interned at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Lincoln Journal Star. She has also been Web director for the Daily Nebraskan.

Dover, a news-editorial and broadcasting major from Bryant, Ark., has been an intern for Fox Business Channel in New York City and Fox 16 News in Little Rock.

Kruse, a broadcasting major from Glyndon, Minn., co-anchored a daily news program for 1240 AM KFOR in Lincoln and has worked on several social and political documentaries with the news and public affairs unit at NET TV, Nebraska’s PBS station.

Selyukh, who is majoring in broadcasting, news-editorial and political science, began her journalism career when she was a high school freshman reporting for a local television station in her hometown of Samara, Russia. She has worked at the Daily Nebraskan, as an assistant in CNN’s Moscow bureau and as an intern at NET TV, where she helped produce a documentary and present it on the Web. She spent the spring semester in Washington, attending Georgetown University and interning with

Private funding for the news bureau is made possible with support to the University of Nebraska Foundation from Sarah M. Lahr of Falls Church, Va., and the Sarah Lahr Educational Fund. Lahr, a 1938 journalism graduate of the University of Nebraska, is a longtime supporter of education.

Other journalism colleges in the ABC News On Campus program are at Arizona State University, Syracuse University, University of Florida, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Texas at Austin.