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The Gateway held its second News and Brews event on March 14 outside the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza. Several students enjoyed free coffee and hot chocolate as they got to know The Gateway staff and learned how they could contribute to the campus newspaper. Here are a few snapshots from the event…

 

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Mariel Richter
CONTRIBUTOR

Taleisha Newbill’s hair is intricately wound in crochet twists that frame her bright face as she speaks about her life’s constant passion: writing. Her flowing black-and-white print maxi dress marks attire suited for the steamy seasonal transition between August and the impending fall semester at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where Newbill will attend four courses, graduating in spring of 2017.

Newbill reflected on her graduation from Papillion-La Vista Senior High School and how that experience informed her passion to be a writer that focuses not only on the intersections of music, but also on intersecting social issues impacting the black community in the U.S.

“I just feel less pressured to fit in, like when I was in high school,” Newbill said as she talked about the pressure to be the voice for not just black people in her white-majority high school, but also to be the voice for black women and black girls in particular. “I tried to block out these harsh social issues in the media, but things happening in the news makes me want to write more about those issues, not just about music.”

Transitioning from working in her yearbook class in high school, Newbill said she always knew she would pursue some career in writing. She has been a contributing writer for sites like Omaha.com and UNO’s The Gateway student publication, but now writes for the online publication The Odyssey and hopes to work her way up in the magazine world, from writer to editor, in the future.

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Photo Courtesy of Facebook.com

Quiet confidence embodies Newbill’s direct phrases, showing the maturity of the past few years, since her high school graduation to a woman coming into her own, in her hometown of Omaha.

Travel sprinkles her years living here, seeing her visiting Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and New York City, as well as others. Appreciating the ability to stay close to family while going to UNO has made the decision to stay for her undergraduate degree a positive one.

Writing for The Gateway about singer Beyonce’s popular music video and performance of the song “Formation,” Newbill stripped down the choreography of the video, writing about how Beyonce’s ending scene of standing on top of a New Orleans police car sinking in water symbolized important issues for many Americans, such as the mishandling of Hurricane Katrina as well as the subject of police brutality taken up by the Black Lives Matter movement.

“If it makes people uncomfortable, so what? People of color shouldn’t have to silence themselves to please people who want to live in a color-blind world,” Newbill wrote.

A statement such as this does not come from a place of wondering about keeping quiet on social issues, but from direct experience in that world. Newbill said she often felt she needed to fit into a “token black friend” role that she simply did not identify with.

“I just remember how some of the kids in school would pander to the popular white kids at school and how they would talk about black people in a degrading way,” Newbill said, “and how normal and casual it was then.”

Growing up, Newbill said she felt she did not fall neatly into either category of the stereo-typical roles given to her. Identifying with her aunt on a deep level, Newbill said she has always been that “awkward black girl,” who can be weird, opinionated and alternative.

The fear of her high school-self occasionally creeping in to say, “don’t be the angry black woman,” or “don’t get upset when people say offensive things” is now gone as she is comfortable being her more authentic self, Newbill said.

Taking a heavy Editorial Journalism core at UNO in the fall, Newbill is excited about her History of Mass Communication, Literary Journalism, Radio/Audio II, and Survey of Western Art History I class list. Going to school while working at Homer’s Music and Gifts music store in the Old Market, she will have her work cut out for her, Newbill said.

Laughing about the recently coined “Quarter-Life Crisis” many twenty-somethings are now identifying with, Newbill remains hopeful for her future. “Obviously life happens after high school and reality hits you hard, but I’m excited to see where I’ll go from here.”

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Click here to view the 2016 recruitment video.

By Avery Wenck
Contributor

The Gateway, the independent campus newspaper of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, is always looking for more writers, designers, photographers and videographers.

The student-run newspaper originated in 1913 and is your news, entertainment, sports, and events source. The Gateway provides you with the latest breaking news and videos straight from the UNO campus.

Released every Tuesday during the academic year, print newspaper can be picked up across campus and accessed electronically at www.unogateway.com.

Photo Courtesy of Jared Kennedy
Photo Courtesy of Jared Kennedy

Alexa McEvoy
CONTRIBUTOR

As the newly appointed editor-in-chief for the Gateway’s 2016-2017 year, Jared Kennedy plans to do things a little differently in his new leadership position.

“I like to lead in a way that’s team-conducive,” said Kennedy, a journalism student at the University of Nebraska Omaha. “It’s about leading as a collective.”

Kennedy said he believes collaborating is the most useful way to run a student newspaper. The Gateway, which he said has been publishing for more than 100 years, is a legacy. Kennedy wants to be a part of keeping that legacy alive.

“Beauty of the written word” drives the 21-year-old to get stories moving and published as a current news editor for the paper. Perhaps that drive also comes from his hobbies away from the Gateway’s office.

Sequoia National Park, Florida and Vail are just three of the many places Kennedy said he has been hiking. He said he would qualify himself as a “huge outdoorsmen.” If it’s outside, Kennedy said, he is partaking.

Jared Brown, a close friend of Kennedy, said the only things the two don’t have in common are Kennedy’s strong love for the outdoors and biking.

Brown said the two spend most of their time eating at restaurants, acting older than they are by discussing politics and religion.

“He knows how to talk to people,” Brown said, explaining why he considers Kennedy to be a great friend.

Brown said Kennedy talks to him in a way that doesn’t belittle him. He said it’s a characteristic he’s noticed Kennedy displays whenever he’s around people, making him a quality friend and a quality leader.

Kennedy also works for Omaha Magazine, where his love of the written word can flourish.

“I love to marry the two,” Kennedy said of the outdoors and writing.

His need-to-explore heart keeps him searching for stories on UNO’s campus.

“As a school that basically started as a run-of-the-mill community college to now one that has Division 1 athletics, its important to draw students to UNO and keep an informed student body,” Kennedy said.

He talked of the Gateway’s incredible value, saying journalism is vital to maintain a balanced information cycle on campus and beyond.

“There needs to be several different mediums to get the information,” Kennedy added.

Josie Loza, manager of student publications at UNO, said Kennedy’s leadership is critical to the student body on campus.

“He has shown that he could step up to the editor role, and evolve the newspaper online, as well as sustain the print edition,” Loza said.

Print-journalism is an invaluable resource—one that Kennedy has the heart for and drive to push others toward it as well.

“It’s an art form that needs to be kept alive,” he said.

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Avery Wenck
Contributor

The ongoing renovations to the Milo Bail student center have a lot of faculty and students excited and rightfully so.

Those who are less excited are the student organizations that have been displaced by the construction. Not only are these organizations’ futures uncertain, they’re being left in limbo about what the future holds.

The Gateway is one of those organizations affected and Manager of Student Publications Josie Loza says that she is unsure about how long they will remain in their spot in the Eppley Administration Building.

“I don’t know how long The Gateway will remain here,” says Loza. “We are here temporarily-permanently.”

This uncertainty comes at a time when the staff is being revamped for the upcoming year. The constant movement of locations is making it hard for the publication to keep their writers and find new staff to contribute.

The staff remains committed to making sure that they find a new permanent home and that it coincides with the philosophy and history of The Gateway.

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By Jared Kennedy
NEWS EDITOR

Brady Jones, a page designer at the Omaha World-Herald, will lead The Gateway Student Newspaper‘s next installment of the Journalism Boot Camp lecture series tonight.

Each month a guest speaker from The Omaha World-Herald visits the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s student newspaper office, which is located in Room 113 of the Eppley Administration Building, to share about his or her profession.

The intent of the program is to connect professionals and college students in the following fields of communication: newsprint, photography, graphic design, layout design, broadcast and radio. During the hour-long lecture series, students will ask questions about the professional’s “real world” experiences.

The 6:30 p.m. event is free and open to the UNO community. Limited space. RSVP by emailing jloza@unomaha.edu

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Video: Learn more about The Gateway’s Journalism Bootcamp

Click below to watch a short video News Editor Jared Kennedy created explaining why The Gateway hosts Journalism Boot Camp. Featured in the clip is Omaha World Herald Sports Deputy Graham Archer who spoke at the October session.

Also in the video, you’ll catch glimpses of Editor-in-Chief Zane Fletcher, Sports editor Jackson Taylor, Opinion editor Phil Brown, Layout Designer Kelly Bast, and Publications Manager Josie Loza.

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Can’t make this event? Don’t fret.

Join us next month when Omaha World-Herald photographer Chris Machian discusses photo and video tricks of the trade 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Machian is a UNO alum who worked for the student newspaper during his years in college.

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The Gateway Student Newspaper invites you to meet Sports Journalism Graham Archer at its next Journalism Bootcamp lecture series on Monday.

Graham Archer, deputy sports editor for The Omaha World-Herald, will discuss online and social media at the 6:30 p.m. event.

Each month, a guest speaker from The Omaha World-Herald visits the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s student newspaper office, which is located in Room 113 of the Eppley Administration Building, to share about his or her profession.

The intent of the program is to connect professionals and college students in the following fields of communication: newsprint, photography, graphic design, layout design, broadcast and radio. During the hour-long lecture series, students will ask questions about the professional’s “real world” experiences.

The event is free and open to the UNO community. Limited space. RSVP by emailing jloza@unomaha.edu

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Here’s the schedule for the fall semester:

6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26:
Graham Archer, Deputy Sports Editor, will discuss online and social media

6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16:
Brady Jones, Page Designer, will discuss copy editing and design

6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7:
Chris Machian, Photographer, will discuss photo and video

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The UNO Mavericks hockey team will face Harvard on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the NCAA Midwest Regional in Indiana.

The announcement was made Sunday. In this clip, more than 50 fans react to the sports news during a watch-party at Dudley’s in Aksarben Village.

The game will be shown on ESPN3 but fans can also tune in to mavradio.fm and follow theunogateway.com for live student coverage.

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