UNO makes it public: I’m going to Africa with The Champ as a 2015 winner of the Andy Award for International Journalism
Here is the official UNO announcment of the 2015 winners of the Andy Award for International Journalism: Matthew Hansen of the Omaha World-Herald and yours truly. Matthew’s going to Cuba to explore Nebraska’s historic connections to Cuba and where that relationship will go in light of restoration of normalized relations and the lift of travel bans. I’m going to Rwanda and Uganda, Africa with two-time world boxing champion Terence Crawford of Omaha and a cadre of other Omahans to shed light on the efforts of Nebraskans and others in responding to needs in those nations and lessons learned there that can be applied here.
For more about my trip, link to-
UNO Announces 2015 Winners of Andy Award for International Journalism
OMAHA – The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) announced today the latest winners of the Andy Award for international journalism.
Named in honor of former Omaha World-Herald Publisher Harold W. Andersen, the annual award funds new international reporting projects proposed by Nebraska-based journalists and news organizations.
This year’s winners are Omaha World-Herald journalist Matthew Hansen and freelance journalist Leo Adam Biga.
Hansen will travel to Cuba to explore its historic connections to Nebraska and how the relationship will blossom as travel and trade bans are lifted after 53 years. The resulting editorial piece will give Omaha World-Herald readers a window into Cuba: its culture, history, struggles, and future.
Biga’s travels will take him to Rwanda and Uganda, Africa, with former world lightweight boxing champion and newly crowned welterweight champion, Terrence Crawford, and Pipeline Worldwide co-founder, Jamie Nollette. The group will visit projects building fresh water wells and growing food, while meeting with aid workers and those affected by years of genocide and hunger. The group plans to travel to Africa in June 2015 and Biga’s resulting story will be published in Omaha Metro Magazine’s “Journeys” series.
“We are excited to be able to award two exceptional journalists this year,” said Tom Gouttierre, Dean of International Studies and Programs and chair of the Andy Award committee. “Both stories will show readers that there are connections between Nebraska and Rwanda, Nebraska and Cuba, and that international collaboration, or the absence of it, has a real impact on a country and its people.
The Andy Award has honored Nebraska’s best international reporting since 1987. For the past 12 years, winners have received monetary awards, thanks to the generosity of Harold and Marian Andersen. The award committee accepts proposals to fund future reporting projects as a way to encourage more international journalism. This year’s awards are $5,000 each.
Applications for the 2016 Andy Awards will be accepted in Fall 2016. The competition is open to Nebraska-based news organizations – print, broadcast, and online – as well as freelance reporters.
More information is available at http://world.unomaha.edu/andy.php or by contacting UNO’s International Studies and Programs, 402.554.2376.
Past Winners of the Andy Award for international journalism:
2014 Julie Cornell and Andrew Ozaki, KETV Newswatch 7
2011 Joseph Morton, Alyssa Schukar, Matthew Hansen and Cate Folsom, Omaha World-Herald
2009 Carol Katzman, The Jewish Press
2008 KIOS-FM Radio
2005 Ted Kirk and Gordon Winters, Lincoln Journal Star
2004 Jared Hart and Gary Sadlemyer, KFAB Radio
2003 Joe Duggan, Catherine Huddle and Ken Blackbird, Lincoln Journal Star
2002 Gordon Winters, Lincoln Journal Star
2002 Charles Reinken, Omaha World-Herald
2001 Scott Bauer and Nati Harnik, Associated Press
2001 Stephen Buttry and Kiley Christian Cruse, Omaha World-Herald
2000 Angela Heywood-Bible and Ted Kirk, Lincoln Journal Star;
2000 UNO Television
1999 David C. Kotok, Omaha World-Herald
1998 Jeff Carney, Robert Nelson and Rick Ruggles, Omaha World-Herald
1997 Charley and Norma Najacht, Custer County Chief
1997 Henry Trysla, South Sioux City Star
1996 Dewaine and Bobbie Gahan, Oakland Independent and Lyons Mirror-Sun
1996 Jeff Bundy and Jason Gertzen, Omaha World-Herald
1995 Stephen Kent, The Catholic Voice
1994 Bill Eddy, Lincoln Journal
1993 Kay Lavene, Kearney Hub
1992 Bob Reeves, Lincoln Star
1991 Mary Williams, KMTV Channel 3 Omaha
1990 Steve Jordan, Omaha World-Herald
1989 Loretta Carroll, KMTV Channel 3 Omaha
1988 Ken Campbell, Scottsbluff Star Herald
1987 Harold W. Andersen, Omaha World-Herald
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Mike Whye and I did a panel on freelance journalism this morning at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 7 Conference at UNO’s Community Engagement Center. The audience was made up of students, working professionals and educators from Nebraska and surrounding states. It was fun talking sharing craft and business aspects of freelancing. That’s Mike on the left, me in the middle and moderator Jonathan Garcia on the right. Thanks to Chris Bacon and Jeremy Lipschultz for the photos and thanks to Rob McLean for the invitation to participate. I enjoyed meeting Mike (mwhye.home.radiks.net), Jonathan and Rob and I enjoyed seeing my collleague Jeremy again. Doing events like this help remind me why I do what I do, the way I do it. FREElance = Indpendence.