Knight Center alum Andrew Norman went full-time today as the executive director of Hear Nebraska, a nonprofit online music news community that he planned as his masters project before graduating from MSU in 2010.
Andrew and his wife, Angie, launched Hear Nebraska that same year. It is a nonprofit organization that cultivates Nebraska’s vibrant, fertile music and arts community. It provides resources and a voice for musicians and members of Nebraska’s creative class and the people and businesses that support them.
Hear Nebraska taps writers, photographers, videographers, designers and marketers to produce multimedia stories and organize and promote events that illustrate what’s cool about the state.
Hear Nebraska has a full-time managing editor, a part-time staff writer and more than three-dozen contributors, as well as its semester-based interns. The organization averages about 18,000 story views a month, about 40 percent from outside Nebraska. It has developed almost 15,000 social media followers.
Andrew, who resigned his job as associate creative director at Phenomblue, a strategic branding agency, was able to go full-time at Hear Nebraska after the organization secured support from the Woods Charitable Fund in Lincoln, Neb.
Of course that can’t compare to Andrew and Angie’s most recent production. They are the parents of Townsend Andrew Norman who was born on April 1 of this year.
While a graduate assistant at MSU’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, Andrew was the editor of EJ Magazine and a reporter for Great Lakes Echo.
He won the Rachel Carson Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Environmental Journalism in 2010.