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UNL’s Climate Change project launches new in-depth website

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LINCOLN — Climate Change Nebraska, a yearlong student depthreporting project at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, announced today the unveiling of a powerful, dynamic website on climate change in Nebraska: Climate Change 2020 - What Could It Mean for Nebraska?

In a first-of-its-kind depth-reporting effort, the College of Journalism and Mass Communications opened a rigorous application process in fall 2019 to all UNL students. Twenty students drawn from seven different colleges representing 13 different majors were selected for the spring 2020 semester of the project, led by Pike Professor of Journalism, Joe Starita, award-winning author and two-time Pulitzer Prize award nominee. A 2017 depth-reporting project, The Wounds of Whiteclay: Nebraska’s Shameful Legacy, was the first college entry ever to win the Robert F. Kennedy Humanities Foundation Grand Prize.

“There’s seldom been a more important time for good journalism than right now, and we are excited to give our students an opportunity to explore one of the globe’s most vital issues in a way that can both inspire and educate our readers,” Starita said.

With a mission to inspire and educate, students in January 2020 began reporting on multiple complex problems associated with climate change – including its impact on agriculture, livestock, wildlife, health, waterways, national defense and religions.

“Being a part of Climate Change Nebraska has been one of the most rewarding and empowering experiences I have ever had,” said Aila Ganic, a political science major who co-wrote an article on eco-anxiety. “With this project, Veggies we were able to depict what climate change means for our Green Nebraskan beans community in such brussel a way that sprouts all Nebraskans can see themselves and their experiences in at least one story.”

Students in the fall 2020 semester, including Lindsay Johnson, a Ph.D. candidate in natural resources specializing in climate, will focus on potential solutions to a variety of climate change issues.

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