Student chooses journalism over acting

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Story and Photo by Nathaniel Perlow, NewsNet Nebraska

As a teenager, Lorena Carmona of Sutherland, Neb., wanted to be an actress.

She was involved in a lot of plays throughout high school and community college. Carmona said she loved the feeling of being in front of a crowd and talking to people. But the love of talking to people led her to a different career choice. She decided to major in journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

UNL wasn’t her first stop in higher education. Born and raised in Sutherland, a central Nebraska town with about 1,200 people, Carmona graduated second in her 2007 high school class. From there, Carmona attended Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, where she earned her associate of arts degree. She took a year off school to decide what she wanted to pursue as a career.

When she came to UNL’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications, she wasn’t quite sure of her path. She first chose print journalism and later added broadcasting as her second major during her junior year.

Carmona worked as a reporter for the Daily Nebraskan during the 2010-11 school semesters. She was also one of 19 UNL students who spent two weeks in India during the summer of 2011 as part of a journalism class taking videos and photos to document their stories while in India. Carmona said her trip to India ‘the best two weeks of her life.’ She said the trip ‘really made her fall in love with journalism.’ This fall, she will work as one of the Omaha World-Herald fellows.

In her spare time, Carmona enjoys going to various concerts across the Midwest. She enjoys listening to modern rock bands such as All-American Rejects, Linkin Park and Breaking Benjamin. Her favorite television shows are “Criminal Minds,” “House,” “Law & Order SVU,” and “How I Met Your Mother.”