It’s been a rocky July in the town of Norfolk, Nebraska, all because of a little float in the Fourth-of-July parade. The float’s imagery depicting President Obama’s future library as an outhouse sparked outrage and drew national derision. Last week, city officials met with members of the NAACP. A representative from the federal Justice Department also arrived in town to observe.
The fallout has thrust Norfolk its own discussion about race.  Bobby Caina Calvan of The Heartland Project reports for NET News.  http://bit.ly/1qL57ji

It’s been a rocky July in the town of Norfolk, Nebraska, all because of a little float in the Fourth-of-July parade. The float’s imagery depicting President Obama’s future library as an outhouse sparked outrage and drew national derision. Last week, city officials met with members of the NAACP. A representative from the federal Justice Department also arrived in town to observe.

The fallout has thrust Norfolk its own discussion about race.  Bobby Caina Calvan of The Heartland Project reports for NET News.  http://bit.ly/1qL57ji

We just finished a training with Judd Slivka and Steve Rice from the Missouri School of Journalism to use our smartphones and tablets as reporting tools. We got to play with Steller - an app that makes little online photo and video books.

Want to see what we tried? Here’s Grant Gerlock’s story on sweet corn and Jackie Sojico’s story about crab spiders. It’s a new thing for us so let us know what you think! And let us know if you’re already using Steller!

Virginia and Vanderbilt are competing for college baseball’s coveted championship at the College World Series in Omaha. Around TD Ameritrade Park, you’ll see the colors of each school proudly on display – black and gold for the Commodores, and orange and blue for the Cavaliers from Virginia.  However, baseball remains predominantly white.  Bobby Caina Calvan of The Heartland Project reports on how baseball is dealing with diversity issues in this story for NET News.  http://bit.ly/1l7eyot