The intern experience

I am a news-editorial and advertising and public relations major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications. This fall, I worked for The Omaha World-Herald out of the Lincoln bureau for a photography fellowship offered through the college.

While working for The World-Herald, I had a variety of assignments. I got to witness the signing of legislative bills related to the Keystone XL Pipeline. I covered the Huskers in their first season as members of the Big Ten and saw the highs and lows of the football and volleyball teams. I was there for museum exhibit openings and communities welcoming home military personnel. I was able to gain real-world experience and see what it’s like to work for a major newspaper.

Here are some of my favorite images I’ve made during the semester.


Anthony Earth, 7, does the “fancy dance” outside of Morrill Hall, the University of Nebraska State Museum, on Friday evening, Sept. 30, 2011. The traditional Native American dance was part of the opening of the First Peoples of the Plains: Traditions Shaped by Land & Sky exhibit. CHRIS DORWART/THE WORLD-HERALD

Gov. Dave Heineman speaks at a press conference in his office at the State Capitol addressing issues on the TransCanada pipeline bill in Lincoln, Neb., on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 15, 2011. CHRIS DORWART/THE WORLD-HERALD

Spc, Ian West receives a kiss from his niece Nevaeh Pratt, 2, as Meagan Pratt looks on during the  2-135th General Support Aviation Battalion welcome home celebration at the National Guard airfield in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday morning, Nov. 19, 2011. — CHRIS DORWART/THE WORLD-HERALD

Growing up in Omaha, I had always hoped to one day work for my hometown newspaper. After graduating from Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School and working as editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper and yearbook, I chose the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to pursue a career in photojournalism. Right away I started working for the student newspaper, the Daily Nebraskan, where I took pictures and wrote sports stories.

Lincoln East High School senior B.J. Kasl leads the student section in a cheer during the Spartans’ first home football game with Lincoln North Star at Seacrest Field in Lincoln, Neb., on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011.

I’ve been able to cover every sport and event imaginable as a student at UNL. While covering the state’s largest Division I university, I’ve been able to gain national exposure and work alongside some incredible photographers.

Nebraska wide receiver Quincy Enunwa stiff-arms Washington cornerback Quinton Richardson in the third quarter at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 17, 2011. CHRIS DORWART/THE WORLD-HERALD


Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David, left, and safety Daimion Stafford react after a near interception in the end zone late in the fourth quarter against Iowa in Lincoln, Neb., on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. CHRIS DORWART/THE WORLD-HERALD

During the summer of 2011, I started working for The Omaha World-Herald as a freelance photographer. That prepared me for this fall, when I work out of Lincoln as a photography fellow. As a fellow I’ve had numerous photos published and have contributed to stories as a writer. Through this, I’ve seen what goes into getting a newspaper ready for the next day’s edition and how The World-Herald staff photographers work. It was great to work alongside and learn from the talented photographers that the Omaha World-Herald has to offer. I plan to take what I learned from this experience onto future internships.

No. 4 Nebraska volleyball players celebrate after defeating No. 1 Illinois in four sets at the Coliseum in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday night, Oct. 22, 2011. CHRIS DORWART/THE WORLD-HERALD


Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook reacts as Kansas State fans cheer in the background after the Huskers lose a point in the third set against the Wildcats in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Lincoln, Neb., on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. The Huskers lost in five sets and were knocked out of the tournament. CHRIS DORWART/THE WORLD-HERALD

Chris Dorwart

About Chris Dorwart

I'm a Gross Catholic graduate and always have hoped to one day work for the Omaha World-Herald. I began to work as a freelance photographer for the World-Herald in May 2011. Now, as the fall photography fellow working out of the Lincoln bureau, I cover Huskers and high school sports in addition to the occasional feature assignment. The fellowship is a program through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Journalism and Mass Communications, where I am in my third year. Some of my favorite photos are those that give insight into the everyday life of the people I meet. I love sharing the story of stranger, like the local bartender or a man on the corner playing his guitar.
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  1. Simply amazing work.

    We are very proud of Chris Dorwart, Gross Catholic graduate here at Gross Catholic High School. His talent is unmatched and we are very fortunate he was able to share that talent with us for 4 short years in high school.

    Onward and upward.

  2. McKenna&Morgan says:

    Your work is neatly done. I like the Nebraska volleyball pictures. They really capture the moment. Great job!

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