COJMC Russia 2011

About the Course


Students and faculty from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications traveled to Moscow and Sochi, Russia, for a two-week mobile news and advertising class in May 2011.

Dean Gary Kebbel, and advertising and public relations faculty members Amy Struthers, Luis Peon-Casanova and Adam Wagler, lead the class. UNL worked with two universities: Moscow State University and the State University for Tourism and Research on the Sochi campus.

"The class is designed to bring together global media challenges and entrepreneurs like Alexander Zolotarev," Dean Kebbel said, "Our students will get real-world experience in solving media issues in 21st century media." Zolotarev, who became the J school's first Innovator in Residence, visited Lincoln last summer through the program launched by Dean Kebbel to expand UNL's international presence.

Zolotarev won a Knight News Challenge digital news innovation award in 2008 to create and launch a website, As the first site of its kind, it will be used as a model for future Olympics hosts. Zolotarev and UNL students brainstormed solutions to make SochiReporter sustainable after the Knight grant money runs out.

Zolotarev, a member of Moscow State University, will teach a multimedia workshop during the first leg of the trip. The skills learned in Moscow will be put into practice in Sochi, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, during the second leg of the trip. UNL students will work with SUTR faculty to create advertising, public relations and journalism content for distribution via SochiReporter and mobile devices.

SUTR, a recognized leader in hospitality training, will provide research to aid in the creation of content for distribution. SUTR offers its 12,000 students programs of study in tourism, engineering and ecology, economics, social studies, law, information technologies and mathematics, and physical training.

A list of the 17 UNL students who are studying in Russia this summer include:

Johnnie Adcox is a senior broadcasting journalism major. Adcox co-hosted "Heresy," a weekly radio show on 90.3 KRNU for the past year. He produced videos as a member of the 2010 Special Olympics of Nebraska documentation team and has written articles about the Nebraska Legislature for publication in Nebraska newspapers. Adcox is a member of the Golden Key Honour Society. He has earned numerous scholarships, including the Kinman Oldfield Scholarship; Global Gateway Scholarship; Christian Lieding Scholarship/Fellowship; R. Parker & M. Eastwood Scholarship; and Nebraska Broadcasters Association scholarship.

Corinne Burger is a junior advertising and public relations major from McCook. She is an event assistant for the Nebraska Alumni Association. Burger is a member of UNL's Public Relations Student Society of America, ad club and the newly founded Jacht Club, the College of Journalism and Mass Communications' student ad agency. Following graduation Burger wants to find work in account planning or media strategy.

Lauren Carr is a senior advertising major from Chicago, Ill. Carr works as a shift supervisor at brueggers bagels. Carr plans to return to Chicago after graduation to pursue a career in advertising.

Andrea Evers, of Germantown, Wis., is a senior advertising major. Evers was a member of the 2010 Special Olympics of Nebraska documentation team. She belongs to ad club and will work this summer as a promotions intern for the Milwaukee Radio Group. Evers plans to graduate in December 2012 and relocate to Milwaukee.

Whitney Hansen, of North Loup, is a senior studying advertising. Whitney is a sales intern at Sandhills Publishing and recently traveled to Las Vegas for her job. Whitney is a recipient of the Susan Thompson Buffett Scholarship.

Makayla Hipke is a senior advertising and public relations major from Stuart. She is a media relations student assistant in the Nebraska Athletic department and serves as the primary contact for the women's tennis and rifle teams. Hipke is a Peter Kiewit Legacy Foundation scholar and a recipient of the Global Gateway Scholarship. She is the communications chair for Chi Omega sorority. Hipke is pursuing a career in sports communications and public relations.

Becca Hurst is a senior advertising major and Lincoln native. She works at the Lincoln Journal Star as a classified sales representative and is a James Canfield Scholarship recipient.

Travis Jones is a senior advertising major from Denver, Colo. He has been an associate member of Delta Upsilon International fraternity since 2008. He is also currently playing water polo for UNL's Water Polo Club. He will intern this summer at Job Corps.

Kara King, of Omaha, is a junior studying advertising and public relations, textiles, English and history. She is a manager at beyourself boutique. King serves as the new member orientation chair and social media officer for the Rho chapter of Alpha Xi Delta sorority. She plans to pursue a career incorporating fashion merchandising, social media and public relations.

Kelsey McCormick, of Casper, Wyo., is a senior advertising and public relations major. McCormick earned an associate degree in general education from Mid-Plains Community College in 2009. She is the president of the Hillel/Jewish Student Association. Kelsey will graduate in May 2012.

Kassi Nelson is a junior broadcasting major from Omaha. Nelson is the recording secretary for Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and an intern at Lincoln's hit radio station 106.3 KFRX. Nelson plans on pursuing a career in television news reporting.

Juan Qin, of Cheng Du, China, is a senior studying marketing, advertising and public relations. Qin has traveled in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Asian countries near China. She has studied Japanese; is a member of the UNL chapter of the American Marketing Association, the multiple business association and LINK, an international affairs organization.

Patrick Radigan is a senior news-editorial major from Sioux Falls, S.D. Radigan most recently served as an arts and entertainment reporter/editor at The Daily Nebraskan; is a member of Jacht Club, the College of Journalism and Mass Communications' student ad agency; and founder of the Husker sports website Radigan says his dream job is to work at

NaTasha Rollerson is a senior advertising and public relations major from Omaha. She is an account manager for Johnboycool, an artist represented by Krowm records. She served as a PR and marketing intern with City Impact, a Lincoln non-profit. Rollerson is the recipient of a Susan Thompson Buffett and Horatio Alger scholarship. She is the president of Phi Iota chapter of Zeta Phi Beta sorority. Rollerson will graduate this August.

Jaime Sullivan is a senior majoring in advertising and public relations. Sullivan works as multimedia supervisor in the ITG Computer Labs at UNL. She is the vice president of Sigma chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Sullivan plans to pursue a career in multimedia.

Chelsey Wahlstrom is a senior advertising major from Sioux Falls, S.D. She is a member of Big Red Singers, University Singers and UNL PRSSA. Wahlstrom was a member of the 2010 Special Olympics of Nebraska documentation team. A recipient of a Global Gateway Scholarship, Wahlstrom will intern in account services at Firespring Marketing and Advertising this summer. 

Kathryn Zoller is a junior with double majors in business administration and history. She is from Longmont, Colo.