Nebraska Mosaic, published by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications, is dedicated to publishing stories for and about Nebraska’s refugees and immigrants. Since the site launched in 2011, more than 450 stories about the state’s newest residents have been published.

Nebraska Mosaic is a unique website that is part of the UNL curriculum. The Nebraska Mosaic course is among several capstone journalism courses from which students can choose to take their senior year. In addition to publishing multimedia stories on the website, students in the course also post to Nebraska Mosaic’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, create a periodic newsletter and develop engagement strategies.

Nebraska Mosaic was founded by professor emeritus Tim Anderson with the help of a 2010 New Voices grant that established the website and begin outreach to the refugee communities. Students in the college’s advertising program researched the information needs of the refugee community and how best to reach them, while students in the journalism program generated content for the site.

The course is currently taught by Michelle Carr Hassler, assistant professor of practice.

Find out more about this class and its prerequisites in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Refugees and immigrants from all over the world can tell their stories through Mosaic.

Nebraska Mosaic is a unique website that is part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln journalism curriculum.

Because they publish stories about Nebraska’s refugees and immigrants, students in Mosaic get to be foreign correspondents without ever having to leave the state.

Students study global issues and interview people from all over the world as they practice multimedia storytelling.

Students often go in-depth by producing special multimedia reports.

Since 2011, students have published more than 450 stories about Nebraska’s newest residents.

Students also produce an e-newsletter that provides international, national, state and local news of interest to new Americans.

“Mosaic affirmed my belief in the importance of stories and truth-telling in journalism and taught me how important practice and persistence are in improving writing and interviewing skills so as to tell those stories properly, to do our best to give them the gravity they deserve.” — former student Michaela Mapes

Nebraska Mosaic welcomes your feedback! We want to hear from you.

  • Do you have story ideas you’d like to see us write about?
  • Are there issues you think we should cover?
  • Do you know of someone worthy of a personality profile?
  • Are you — or anyone you know — interested in being a contributor to the website?

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