First Friday features 'Ethiopia Unseen' photos

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First Friday features ‘Ethiopia Unseen’ photos

Birhanu Taddese applies clown make up before working at the pediatric ward at the Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photos like this one were taken by 12 UNL photojournalism students who spent three weeks in Ethiopia developing content for a new depth report.
Morgan Spiehs | Journalism and Mass Communications
Birhanu Taddese applies clown make up before working at the pediatric ward at the Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photos like this one were taken by 12 UNL photojournalism students who spent three weeks in Ethiopia developing content for a new depth report.

The work of 12 photojournalism students is featured in a First Friday event, 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1 at Jacht Lab, the College of Journalism and Mass Communications’ student advertising agency.

The exhibition will include images from “Ethiopia Unseen,” a new depth-report project created from the students’ three-week trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Professors Bruce Thorson and Scott Winter led the class on the trip.

“Ethiopia is the home of the African Union, ancient and Biblical history and a source of water for an entire continent,” said Winter. “However, the West has only seen stereotypical stories of famine and war that offer a limited view of this United States ally. ‘Ethiopia’s Unseen’ seeks to tell stories of Ethiopians who, through faith and optimism in the face of overwhelming odds, build meaningful lives and smile more broadly than people in the Western hemisphere.”

Students who participated n the depth-reporting project are: Andrew Dickinson, Kaylee Everly, Stacie Hecker, Allison Hess, Kay Kemmet, Adam Pribil, Anna Reed, Faiz Siddiqui, Morgan Spiehs and Shelby Wolfe.

The project was funded through the Buffett, Mangelsen and Sartore photojournalism endowment, which provides professional camera equipment and pays for the flights and other travel expenses for UNL students. The trips focus on regions of the world most affected by poverty.

On Nov. 7, the entire “Ethiopia Unseen” multimedia presentation will be featured in a 6:30 p.m. event at the Rococo Theatre, 128 N. 13th St. The event will also include live African music. The student presentation begins at 7:30 p.m.

A photo from the "Ethiopia Unseen" depth report project.
Brianna Soukup | Journalism and Mass Communications
A photo from the "Ethiopia Unseen" depth report project.

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