Nebraska photojournalism students chronicle recession using RV as work/home base


According to an item posted on News Net Nebraska, “three photojournalism students from the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are criss-crossing Nebraska producing photos and other media that document the current economic upheaval” in that state.

Students Patrick Breen, Kyle Bruggeman, Clay Lomneth and associate professor Bruce Thorson are traveling across Nebraska for the next two months, living and working out of a 23-foot hybrid travel trailer.

“The group plan to touch on topical areas such as housing, ethanol, banking, ranching, farming, small towns, river towns and anywhere else their search may lead.”

To stay abreast of the journey click here.

Photo top: “Patrick Breen (left), Kyle Bruggeman, Clay Lomneth and myself, Bruce Thorson, spent Sunday evening, June 7, 2009 inside the travel trailer as severe lightning, thunder and a pouring rainstorm pass through the Falls City area. A city police officer arrived, for the second time today, to warn us of a tornado watch, this time until 5 a.m. Monday. For the last three nights lightning, thunder and heavy rains have dominated much of the evening and early morning. The trailer has been dry. And that is a beautiful thing.” Source: Bruce Thorson/University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Photojournalism blog.

“This photograph of our trailer, with students inside working, I made Saturday evening. It is raining now, Tuesday, June 9, 2009, and has been raining every night since June 5. Our plans today are to go to a community north of here, Barada, about 15 miles. We’ve made a few contacts there and will see what we get.” –Bruce Thorson

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