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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Jan. 23, 1975)
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By Mary Kay RotI
Twelve UNL journalism students aie reporting on
legislative activities right along with the old pros
during this session of the Unicameral. They are
enrolled in a new journalism class, Legislative
Reporting, said Neale Copple, director of the School
An ,$11,500 grant from the Gannett Newspaper
Foundation makes the class possible.
"It's now up to us to try and prove ourselves,"
The legislative-reporting class, taught by Josie
Weber, Jim Patten and Larry Walklin, is structured
loosely, Copple said, "so we can play it by ear."
Eight students are enrolled in the class from the
news-editorial sequence and four from broadcasting.
The eight news-ed students each will represent a
Nebraska newspaper. They will report weekly on
legislative issues which concern their newspaper's
The broadcasting students will make weekly tapes
for radio stations throughout the state.
The students are to visit the city where their
newspapers are located, Copple explained, and
become acquainted with the concerns of the people.
They will then attend the Unicameral sessions and
report weekly on events which affect their
The class will also meet weekly in a seminar and
discuss reporting problems they encounter. Speakers
such as state senators will attend the class.
Attend committee meetings
Copple said more specific projects planned for the
class are tentative. The instructors hope to have each
student attend a specific committee meeting
regularly, he said, to recognize the importance of
legislative work on that level. At the end of the
session, the students will select and report on one
important bill their committee has been discussing.
The class is tentatively planning a mid-semester
field trip to Des Moines, where they will observe a
two-house legislature. Copple explained that
legislative reporters should also be familiar with this
type of government, because all state governments,
except Nebraska's, are structured around two
The class will conclude with a brief overview of
national government, when the school will bring in
representatives from the federal government.
Specific newspapers were chosen randomly and
geographically, Copple said. He said the class tried to
"geographically span the state." Beyond that
limitation, papers were selected by lottery, Copple
Newspapers to be represented are: Wayne Herald,
Wayne; Keith County News, Ogallala; Papillion
Times, Papillion; York News-Times, York; North
Platte Telegraph, North Platte; Oakland Independent
& Republican, Oakland; Crawford Tribune, Crawford,
and Sidney Telegraph, Sidney.
Radio stations participating are KVHS, Valentine;
KSID, Sidney; WJAG, Norfolk, and KWBE, Beatrice.
By Dennis Onnen
Two UNL students are involved in a
new program helping Legislative
committees and senators with research
Junior Lonny Meier and senior Donald
Norden, both political science majors,
were'among eight students from Nebraska
colleges and universities selected for an
internship in the Unicameral. The eight
were chosen from about 25 applicants,
according to Robert Miewald, interim
chairman of the UNL Political Science
Dept. and a member of the selection
Miewald said the interns work 40
hours a week and receive six hours of
college credit. The interns are paid $3 an
hour by the Legislature, They were
chosen by a committee set up by the
Nebraska Political Science Assoc.
Familiarity with government
"We looked for some familiarity with
state and local government," he said,
"and we tried to give seniors a shot."
Grades also were considered, he added.
Meier, assigned to Sen. Leslie Stull of
Alliance, said he has been doing research
on bills Stull plans to introduce. He said
he wants to go to law school and thought
the intern program would increase his
knowledge about how laws are made.
Norden also plans to go to law school
and said his studies of legal issues as an
intern should help,
"Some of it's bound to rub off on
me," he said.
Research on Carpenter dispute
He already has done research on
former Sccttsbluff Sen, Terry Carpenter's
disputed write-in campaign for the
Legislature. He said the problem in that
case is contradicting laws.
Norden is assigned to Sen. James
Dickinson of Omaha and Sen. Ralph
Kelly of Grand Island.
This year's legislative session runs for
90 days, which means his work may run
into June, Norden said. .
He recommended the program to
anyone interested in government.
However, it is restricted to political
science majors and minors, he said.
Robert Sitting, UNL associate
professor of political science, said the
legislative intern program is different
from the page program, which began
about four years ago. Students interested
in a page job must apply directly to the
Legislature, he said.
He said the job of page also differs in
that it eeneraUy invnlvM runnina errands.
Sittig said UNL students working as pages
can earn three hours credit by taking a
state government reading course.
Henry's is now open Sundays from 12-6
Turkey dinner includes mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing,
salad & drink.
Life ahead offers many uncertainties.
But throughout the years one constant
remains. Your Balfour ring. It will never
fail as a happy reminder of the golden years
you shared with your classmates.
Wear it wiih pleasure.
SPECIAL RING DAY PROMOTION
Discount Price? on ALL Additives & Options
Save 20 - 30 - 40 on special stones, encru stings
fraternity crests, diamonds, etc.
One Day Only
Friday, January 24
Open 8-5, Monday- Saturday
L1 1 23 "R" Next to Nebraska Bookstore A
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is interviewing students interested in being
chairman or assistant chairman for their committees:
organize the selection of outstanding
faculty and student scholarships,
provide tours to UNL visitors.
promote UNL image throughout the state and
organize UNL activities mart.
organize UNL's student directory.
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organize visits by high school students.
Applications are due JANUARY 31 and may be picked up in Rm. 345 or
North desk, Nebr. Union. For additional information, please call Vicki,
thursday, januory 23, 1975
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