Karissa Schmidt

When I first came to UNL, I had the goal to become a photographer. I didn’t know exactly where I wanted to work or for what kind of publication, but I knew I wanted to only take photos.

My mindset took a sharp turn after joining The Daily Nebraskan and taking classes at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. I quickly learned I wasn’t doing myself any favors by limiting myself to just photography. To truly be successful, I would need to know how to do it all.

The fact is, multimedia has become a basis for journalism. Photography has always been an important part of journalism, but photos are not enough. In today’s world, video, audio and graphics have become an even bigger part of the way we tell stories.

Journalism is not dying; it is evolving. Stories have become increasingly digital-centric, with multiple facets of text, photo, video and audio. This form of storytelling has been the goal of The Daily Nebraskan this year, and will continue to be a goal in the next coming years.

We want to engage you, our readers, in our content and provide you with stories that are both informative and entertaining.

With this understanding, The Daily Nebraskan photo staff has taken steps to produce more video and photo galleries for our readers. You can expect a video with each magazine and more galleries to appear on the multimedia page of our website.

In this latest edition of The DN, on the center spread you will find a photo essay we created to tell the story of local coffee shops. We sent out a group of photographers to different shops around Lincoln to capture the essence of people’s love for these places.

To supplement these photos, you will find a video on our website which captures the individual atmospheres of various Lincoln coffee shops and tells the story of why so many people have such a strong affinity for these shops.

As a student journalist who is approaching the final semesters of college, I am eager to use the multimedia skills I’ve learned from my time at The Daily Nebraskan to tell stories that are captivating to my audience.

I hope you enjoy this new addition to The DN this month, and the inclusion of Daily Nebraskan multimedia content in the future.


Karissa Schmidt


This piece was originally published in the March 2019 edition of The DN.