Perspectives in Journalism

February 20, 2009

You’re invited to be part of Planet Forward

Filed under: Education,Journalism,Uncategorized — willnortonjr @ 11:10 pm
Will Norton, Jr., dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Will Norton, Jr., dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

I’m writing this week to encourage you and your friends to get involved with an innovative project called Planet Forward.

Grab a Camera! Join the debate! Create a Web video for YouTube.

This is exactly what PLANET FORWARD wants you to do!

Starting March 6th, PLANET FORWARD will accept your videos, compositions, music, poems and photos  on how you think America’s energy future should be tackled at

PLANET FORWARD is a new “hybrid media initiative” hosted by Emmy-winning journalist Frank Sesno, and former CNN Washington Bureau Chief and the director of George Washington University’s Public Affairs Project.

Sesno says anything from a “photo to an op-ed to digital animation or even a poem” can be submitted.

Professor Barney McCoy, a project PLANET FORWARD coordinator in our with UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications said PLANET FORWARD wants to hear from students, scientists, entrepreneurs and activists who want to make their case.

“PLANET FORWARD’s approach isn’t a top-down model of public affairs programming. Nebraskan’s get to help set the agenda,” McCoy said. “It’s an opportunity for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to join in a global dialogue about our use of energy and the environment.”

McCoy said PLANET FORWARD suggests a few guidelines. “PLANET FORWARD wants your argument to be based on fact, experience, research and the real world.”

The entries that are judged to be the most creative, persuasive and informative by a panel will be shown and discussed during the PLANET FORWARD show’s live broadcast on April 15, 2009.

Submission deadlines:
The fully functional Web site will go ‘live’ on March 6th, 2009. You’ll be able to upload
your submission directly to the site.
The deadline for video submissions for the PBS program is March 20th, 2009.

The Planet Forward Web site launches March 6th and the PBS program will broadcast nationwide in mid-April.
PLANET FORWARD is co-produced by NET Nebraska.

Contact Professor McCoy at 402-472-3047 or e-mail


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