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Bernard "Barney" R. McCoy<br>Professor, College of Journalism and Mass Communications<br>University of Nebraska-Lincoln<br><br>Barney McCoy teaches multimedia, broadcast news, journalism, news literacy, social justice/human rights and depth reporting courses at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before arriving at UNL in 2006, McCoy was a full-time journalist for 27 years. McCoy has been honored with numerous television, radio, and multimedia news awards. <br><br>In 2022, he was the recipient of "Best of Show" awards in the Faculty Audio and News and Sports categories and an "Award of Excellence" for his radio reporting by the Broadcast Education Association. The Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association also honored McCoy with a 1st place award for Hard Feature radio reporting and an Award of Merit for Soft Feature radio reporting in 2022. <br><br>His television documentary "Black Jack Pershing: Love and War" was a 2018 recipient of a national Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, an Award of Excellence, Special Mention from the Accolade Global Film Competition, an Award of Excellence from the Impact DOCS Global Documentary Competition, an Award of Excellence from the Broadcast Education Association, and an Eric Sevareid Award from the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association. <br><br>Another McCoy documentary, "They Could Really Play the Game: Reloaded," was a 2015 Canada International Film Festival Award winner. McCoy has been honored with six regional Emmy awards and numerous other citations for journalistic excellence.<br><br>McCoy has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles involving his multi-phased national research on digital distractions in the classroom. His most recent published research examined student perceptions on their remote learning experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. McCoy also published another research project on professional and scholarly expectations for Journalism graduates in the workplace and co-authored a book chapter on mixed methods research in documentary filmmaking.<br><br>McCoy holds a master's degree in telecommunications management from Michigan State University. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.<br><br>He has taught multimedia reporting courses at the Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication in Pristina, Kosovo and has produced and advised on five award-winning documentaries at UNL.<br><br>McCoy has worked as a documentary director and producer, television and print news reporter, photographer, news producer, and anchor. He has been employed by WIBW-TV, Topeka, KS., KCTV, Kansas City, MO, WKBD-TV, Detroit, MI., WILX-TV, Lansing, MI. and WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH.<br><br>McCoy has also contributed reporting for The Columbus Dispatch, The Kansas City Star, Associated Press, USA Today, CBS, CNN, Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, WTTW Public Media, Chicago, Illinois, WOSU Public Media, Columbus, Ohio, WOUB Public Media, Athens, Ohio, and the Ohio News Network.


  • MA, Michigan State University, 1996
  • BS, The University of Kansas, 1979


  • BRDC 872, Advanced Reporting; News, Fall 2018

icon-documentPublications and Other Intellectual Contributions

  • Digital Distractions in the Classroom Phase II: Student Classroom Use of Digital Devices for Non-Class Related Purposes, Journal of Media Education , January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2016
  • Digital Distractions in the Classroom: Student Uses of Digital Devices for Non-Class Related Purposes, Journal of Media Education , October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2013
  • The Use of Mixed Methods Thinking in Documentary Development
  • Student Perceptions of Public Relations and Journalism: A Pilot Study of Attitude Shifts through Curriculum Innovation, Student Perceptions of Public Relations and Journalism: A Pilot Study of Attitude Shifts through Curriculum Innovation, October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2011
  • Gen Z and Digital Distractions in the Classroom: Student Classroom Use of Digital Devices for Non-Class Related Purposes, Journal of Media Education , April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2020
  • In the Trenches: College Student Online/Remote Learning Experiences during the COVID-19 Pandemic , Journal of Media Education , July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2021

icon-business-chartResearch & Grants

  • Pershing documentary , NET Nebraska Educational Telecommunications

icon-columnArtistic & Professional Performances & Exhibitions

  • Black Jack Pershing: Love and War, Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, November 2017


  • Learning to Teach Convergence, panel member, Las Vegas, NV

icon-bookmark-starAwards & Honors

  • 2015 Broadcast Education Association Paper Competition Winner , Broadcast Education Association , 2015
  • 2015 Award of Excellence in Filmmaking, Canada International Film Festival, Canada International Film Festival, 2015
  • 2015 Eric Sevareid Award, Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association, 2015
  • 2014 Festival of Media Arts, Best of Competition Award, Radio News Feature Reporting- April 2014, Broadcast Education Association , 2014
  • 2012 Heart of America Awards Large Market TV Best Documentary, Kansas City Press Club SPJ , 2012

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