Job Shadow – Midwest Family Broadcasting

By: Kailey Collar

Journalism is a broad career field with jobs such as writing for a newspaper or having a radio talk show. After spending quite a bit of time listening to and observing writers for different newspapers, I wanted to experience another aspect of Journalism: broadcasting. While in a building designated for broadcasting, there are different studio rooms throughout and they all are accustomed to broadcast on different radio stations. In the same hallway, studios can range from broadcasting pop music, to sports, to oldies. This exact scene is what I got to see when I got the opportunity to spend a few hours at the Midwest Family Broadcasting building.

In his studio, Dan Kasper has sports accessories galore. He runs “The Morning Locker Room” on Sports Talk 105.1, which runs from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. This four hour show didn’t happen overnight, however. Kasper’s sports broadcasting career started out with an every other day two-minute segment, which turned into a 10-minute segment five days a week, which turned into half an hour, to an hour, to three hours,  and now he has his own four hour show, five days a week. What’s Kasper’s advice on job seeking?

I had the privilege of being in-studio with Kasper while he was on the air and the experience was fascinating. Whenever there was a commercial break from the show, that didn’t necessarily mean “down-time” for the broadcasters. During commercials, often times Kasper had to go into other studios to give a sports report. Although some parts of the morning are hectic, what isn’t hectic is the show itself. It feels “just like a regular conversation” as I mentioned when Kasper gave me the opportunity to talk on the air.

Kasper began his college career at UW-Barron County where he then transferred to UW-Wood County, and then finished off his schooling at UW-Eau Claire. His major wasn’t Broadcasting; it was Kinesiology and he minored in History. Before becoming a sports broadcaster, Kasper did not take part in any internships, but he worked as the sports director at the Wisconsin Rapids YMCA. Now, Kasper gets to do what he loves five days a week and experiences opportunities he never thought would be possible. He’s written a book about the Packers and has met a few famous sports figures, including people he idolized growing up.

Before my job shadow, I had no idea what broadcasting was like, but now I’ve fallen in love with the profession and I hope to become a radio broadcaster someday. Kasper showed me how laid back, fun, and exhilarating being a sports broadcaster is, and his passion for sports and his career made this job shadow an amazing experience I will never forget.

Dan Kasper

Photographed is Dan Kasper as he broadcasts his sports talk show “The Morning Locker Room”.

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Catherine Emmaunelle Job Shadow

By Emily Geving

I decided to job shadow Eau Claire city councilwoman Catherine Emmanuelle for this assignment. The first time I recall hearing about Ms. Emmanuelle was last October when I saw on social media that the Eau Claire city council had voted against her breastfeeding her son on the dais.

When Ms. Emmanuelle was pregnant with her child, she informed council president Kerry Kincaid that she had planned to breastfeed her child during council meetings. Kincaid told her no, and also did not allow for a public audience to be held at City Hall for Emmanuelle to discuss her situation with the community. 

In a 7 to 1 vote, with three council members abstaining including Emmanuelle, the council passed a resolution barring infants and toddlers from the council dais during council meetings, arguing that it would break meeting decorum. 

Kerry Kincaid explained her rationale on the vote in a response to a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union, writing the “council decided we could not maintain an effective meeting protocol without restricting access to the dais.” 

Emmanuelle had a decision to make: breastfeed her son in the public setting area during council meetings, or be at her seat and leave her son hungry. She initially opted for the first option, but found it to be a completely ineffective way to participate in meetings. “Anybody that has asserted that I was given accommodations, that wasn’t true,” Emmanuelle said. From the public seating area, Emmanuelle wasn’t able to make motions, alter amendments, or engage in debate. 

According to Wisconsin State Statute 253.16, she has the right to breastfeed at her seat. The statute states: “A mother may breastfeed her child in any public or private location where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be. In such a location, no person may prohibit a mother from breastfeeding her child, direct a mother to move to another location to breastfeed her child, direct a mother to cover her child or breast while breastfeeding, or otherwise restrict a mother from breastfeeding.” Emmanuelle believes this decision is gender-based discrimination and has been working with her lawyer. 

If that doesn’t give you a picture of her character, I’ll continue. In 2011, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire as a non-traditional student earning degrees in Women’s Studies and Economics. A feminist economics course set her on a path that led to her double major. She explained that on the front side, achievement gaps existed prominently in women and people of color. On the back side, she explored the structures that allowed achievement gaps to exist and persist. 

On Eau Claire City Council, Emmanuelle finds it important to be an advocate. Even seemingly small policies have value in her eyes. Pouring concrete for a sidewalk means empowering people to navigate places, like work or school. It also inspires exercise in forms of walking and biking. She believes it’s important to be a public servant for all people in the community, even citizens whose views she doesn’t agree with. She always tries to connect citizens to community resources to help their case, even if she personally doesn’t agree with it. “Tonight I talked with some citizens after the meeting about an issue that they really care about and I disagree with their position on it,” Emmanuelle said. However, she assured them that anything she would do anything she could to help connect them with information. “Government is about bringing people together despite differing opinions.” 

I found my time observing and having a dialogue with Catherine Emmanuelle to be a positive experience because as an aspiring advocate, Emmanuelle embodies what it is to advocate for others, and for yourself. catherine emmanuelle


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Minnesota Wild- State of Hockey

By Karissa Plath

In the basement of the Minnesota Wild headquarters in Saint Paul, Minnesota, it is a one-women-show running the State of Hockey brand. After Anne Anderson took control of the brand, the numbers and business have sky-rocketed. The State of Hockey brand aims to capture the passion of hockey in Minnesota from mites to professional hockey.

Anderson’s daily job responsibilities very from hour to hour, day to day, week to week. These duties depend on the State of Hockey’s busy season; between September through March. During these months, Anderson is production, event and retail focused. Anderson has also developed a television series called “Dream.State.” which follows the journey of a high school hockey team to the Minnesota State Tournament whose goal is to rewrite history. In the hockey off-season, Anderson focuses her efforts on planning for the upcoming year by getting sponsorships, developing programing, retail line and activation for the next year.


Anne Anderson plans for the upcoming Boys State High School Hockey Tournament on March 7-10th at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

When I went to shadow Anderson at her office, she was constantly busy. Whether it was creating and signing contracts, approving retail designs, running social media or creating relationships with possible vendors. The specific weekend I went, the Minnesota State Girls Hockey Tournament was happening at the adjoined building, the Xcel Energy Center. In the afternoon, Anderson and I went to the tournament to record videos for the State of Hockey social media. Social media is a crucial part of running a large brand. It is important to gain a following base because then it will enhance the brand and expand it. This is one of Anderson’s daily tasks as she keeps track of all the hockey games happening across the state of Minnesota and updates social media accordingly.

After the afternoon of social media and talking to sponsors, Anderson and I took inventory of the retail at the warehouse. The inventory is sold online as well as in the Xcel Energy Center at the Hockey Lodge. The State of Hockey is a very sought-after clothing line; therefore, it is in high demand and always needs to be attended to.

“The sports industry is really about relationship building and then executing. And one of the things that I’m not good at that I wish someone would have told me to be really focused on in your career, is being detailed and organized,” Anderson said.

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Job Shadow: Dean Kallenbach of Wisconsin Public Radio

By: Jonathan Fortier

I have always been interested in broadcast journalism as a career. My favorite type of broadcast journalism is radio, and specifically, public radio. For my job shadow, I decided to contact Dean Kallenbach of Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) in order to gain professional insight to the industry. Kallenbach is the senior regional manager of WPR, in Eau Claire.

I arrived at the WPR building around 8:45 a.m. and was immediately welcomed by Kallenbach. He gave me a tour of the building, introduced me to the staff, and a brief overview of the daily operations.

Kallenbach invited me into his office, at which time I conducted the first part of my interview. I have always known Kallenbach as the advisor to the Blugold Radio Sunday organization, but this interview opened my eyes to just how important his job is. In addition to finding talented broadcasters and helping them advance in the industry, Kallenbach is responsible for overseeing 33 different WPR stations across Wisconsin. Each station focuses on local news, and often find ways to locally connect a national story.

While I was there, I had the opportunity to sit in on the show, “The West Side”, hosted by Rich Kremer. This is a call-in show that focuses on issues specific to western Wisconsin. The show featured an interview with Sheriff Dennis Smith and Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald. Kremer and his guests discussed active shooter training across western Wisconsin. This is an interesting topic in the country now, and it was interesting to hear the callers discuss it with the show. During the Show, I learned how a call-in program is set up. One of the office staff answers the phone and then takes down their name and what they would like to talk about. Then the caller is placed on hold and Kremer can decide which caller’s thought fits the conversation best.

After the Show, I went to Kallenbach’s office to finish my interview. We discussed his recommendations for beginning broadcasters. Kallenbach thinks that internships are the most important part of gaining experience. In fact, the Eau Claire WPR office has an annual summer internship that is given out to one lucky student. This student gets to work closely with Kallenbach and his staff 40 hours a week while getting paid.

Overall, I learned a lot from Kallenbach about the radio broadcasting industry. His valuable insight has further compelled me to continue my pursuit of a career in radio.


This is a clip of my interview With Dean Kallenbach where he discusses his job and education background.

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Job Shadow- Volume One

By: Natalie Leonardelli

When most people think of journalism, they may envision a busy newsroom packed with editors frantically typing away at their keyboards, a scene of a recent fire filled with various reporters searching for victims to interview, or a politician being bombarded after a scandal. At Volume One, they take a different approach. With rustic brick walls, assorted plant species, and a comfortable sitting area, it could be mistaken for someone’s home. And home, coincidentally, is at the root of what they strive for.

Sitting in a small room filled with an abundance of books and old cameras, Lauren Fisher, the associate editor at Volume One, and I discussed our personal journalistic endeavors. “What advice do you have for someone entering this career?” “In regards to news, emerging journalist should be aware of biases, and eliminate them in their writing. Reporters have a responsibility to be good, unbiased, representative writers,“ she said. Graduating from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, her journalistic roots extend from her high school career. Unhappy with her high school’s newspaper, she began her own publication. She continued her ventures into college, where she joined the school’s newspaper, obtaining positions, such as layout editor and editor in chief. In her professional career, she managed a photo studio at Walmart, worked at Leader-Telegram in advertising, and is now the associate editor at Volume One.


Lauren Fisher compiling an excel list of local laundromats for an upcoming article. ©Natalie Leonardelli 2018

“Since I’ve been here, Volume One has been expanding itself more in order to provide more for the community,” Fisher said. Reporting culture and entertainment in the local area is only a fragment of their work in the Chippewa Valley. From instituting the Vanguard awards, which recognize members who have made an impact in the area, to opening a gallery to showcase local art, Volume One keeps the community at the core of everything they do. Nearly every cover of the magazine is a work of art produced by a local artist. Several articles within the magazine are submissions from the community. Numerous pages are dedicated to events happening in the community, ranging from food and drink to art and recreation. In the process of finding stories to write about, it’s all about connections. Leads, for the most part, are provided from community members. Whether a new business plans to open, or a famous singer has an upcoming performance, Volume One always lets residents know. “It [Volume One] gives voice to and recognizes artistic endeavors, leadership endeavors, community involvement; it encourages people to grow where they’re planted.” After observing the day-to-day functions and being able to see how a real publication operates, I definitely grew more in journalistic knowledge and capability.

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Job Shadow – The Record Review

By: Katelynn Schorer

When thinking about a job shadow assignment, I thought why not go back to my hometown newspaper that I’ve known for as long as I can remember. The newspaper that I grew up with would be a great place to job shadow and see what actually when on behind closed doors. Each person there has a specific genre that they prefer to write about. They cover most of central Wisconsin: Abbotsford, Athens, Colby, Edgar, Marathon, and more. The Record-Review comes out every Wednesday, that being said deadlines are an important aspect for these journalists.

Peter Weinschenk

Peter Weinschenk from The Record – Review, a journalist working on the next big headline for the paper. © 2018 Katelynn Schorer

Peter Weinschenk & Kevin O’Brien were nice enough to let me come back home and help with the paper coming out on the 28th of February.

Weinschenk has worked at TP Printing for the past 37 years and has won three editorial awards in the process. After winning those awards, he believes that just went to show that his writing was only improving over the years.  He was very open about his experience about coming into the field, expressing that he wasn’t one of those journalists that wanted to be apart of his schools’ newspaper. Soon realized that he had such an artistic and creative way of writing and at The Record Review he’s been able to have that.

While Weinschenk worked on contacting people about his upcoming story and O’Brien worked on his piece, they let me work on what’s called the “History’s Corner” of the paper. Which was very cool, because I got to go through old newspapers and pick out events that were considered news back the 1980’s-90’s. Weinschenk was able to take some time to show me around TP Printing, showing me all of the old newspapers and also the printing press. They are one of the only newspaper in the Central Wisconsin area that doesn’t use digital printing and uses actual ink. After working on the History’s Corner and taking a look around the building and working for awhile, I was able to sit down and have an interview with Weinschenk. He gave me a lot of insight and advice about making sure to not overlook the newspaper and that has so much to offer to yourself and the community.  “You got to be in a position to actually do good for people, and I think people appreciate the work you do for them otherwise they wouldn’t take the paper,” Weinschenk expressed before wrapping the interview up.

I was very lucky that I was not only able to spend time with one person but two, learning from two different people was very beneficial. It was a neat experience to see all the work that goes into the newspaper that I grew up reading weekly. Don’t overlook the newspapers, they’re capable of bringing you information and people in the community together.

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In most schools, students are obligated to take one foreign language course. Some colleges, like the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, require at least two consecutive classes of foreign language that go with their majors. In the case of German, odds are your teacher will be Johannes Stroschänk. How can one describe Johannes Strohschänk in five sentences or less? Stroschänk was born in Stuttgart, Germany before moving to the United States as a student. While in the United States, he got his Master’s Degree in Columbia, South Carolina. He has been teaching for, in his words, half a century, since the age of 20. He is happily married, has two adult daughters, and two grandchildren. Currently, he works at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC) where he teaches three German classes per semester, team teaches with a fellow Professor, and provides individual study for students struggling in class.
The typical day for Strohschänk starts with a healthy meal of natural cereal and green tea before leaving for work. Once he arrives at the University, he rereads his prepared syllabus and decides whether or not something should be added. Strohschänk tries to remain as punctual as he can, usually arriving to his classroom five to ten minutes ahead of schedule. Upon walking into his classroom, he patiently waits for the hour to strike while making conversation with his students, such as asking how their day is, how they are feeling, etc. Once it is officially the time for class to start, he breaks into a large grin and greets everyone with, “Guten Tag!” (Which means “good day” in German). Teachers do have lives outside of the classroom, it is logical some may be curious about how they unwind and prepare for school. When asked this question, Strohschänk replied that after grading assignments, he plays chess, listens to music, reads, talks on the phone or cooks with his wife.
All of his students seem very fond of him and pay close attention to him as he teaches. Sophia Spittlemeister, a freshman at UWEC and student of Stroschänk, has commented that “he is a very energetic professor and I really enjoy his class because he genuinely cares about my success in learning the German language.”
When asked whether or not he had advice for people who want to become teachers, Strohschänk had a quick response. He stated that a person needs to listen, they have to like to talk and be patient with their students. Not all students are going to grasp the material right away, a teacher needs to give them time. When he faces the rare occasions when his patience is wearing thin, he remembers a very important saying of his wife’s, “Students will make mistakes; let them! It will help them learn!” After being asked what he would do if he was not a teacher or if he would like to be anything other than a teacher, Strohschänk seemed surprised before shaking his head, saying that he “would never want to do anything else in life!”


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