Job Shadow: Morning News Anchor Tyler Mickelson

By Grace Clemens

A morning news Anchor must be vivacious, confident and a people person and that is a perfect description of reporter, Tyler Mickelson. After years of job changes and moving across the country, Mickelson finally sits in the news anchor chairs at WEAU 13. He is joined on the set of Hello Wisconsin by his co- anchor and partner Courtney Everett. Being a news reporter has always been a dream of mine but never one that I ever thought would be possible. I am so thankful that I was able to see Tylers day to day workload and how he brings such energy to everything that he does for his audience. Tyler was able to give me a clear and honest view into the life of a reporter. He was able to show me the perks of being on television every morning but also informed me that as a reporter you need to be confident in your work because even if you give your best report the audience will not always receive very well. Tyler stated that reporters need the reassure themselves daily that they are doing their duty as a reporter, and that is to inform the audience of news worthy events regardless of the backlash that they may receive for it.

In the maze of the WEAU 13 building Tyler starts off his night by being welcomed by producers and directors who are hard at working beginning to package stories together for the morning show. Here he is able to look back at stories that were written by the 5 o’clock news and decipher if that information will still be current for his audience by morning. The morning crew of WEAU 13 is dedicated to giving their audience the relevant news to keep them updated while also giving them a fresh morning start and exciting news events to look forward to.

Tylers broadcast journalism career started way back in Southwest Minnesota State University where he graduated with a degree in Speech Communication. From there he moved to Great Falls, Montana to follow his dream of being a news reporter. Since his work in Montana, Tyler has anchored for KIMT-TV in Mason City, Iowa and is now officially settled into Eau Claire with his wife and two sons. Being raised on a tobacco farm north of Madison, Wisconsin didn’t leave much room for free time but Tyler was still able to develop a love for sports. By playing football all throughout high school and even into college, Tyler is able to cover sports, specifically the Minnesota Wild hockey team, with such eagerness and joy which brings a smile to everyone’s face so early in the morning.

I am very thankful for this job shadow assignment. To be able to sit in a news studio while they are airing live was a sixty minute adrenaline rush. This opportunity has opened my eyes to a whole other side of reporting that I have never experienced first hand.



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Job Shadow with Andrew Dowd

When given the assignment to shadow a profession of my choice, I knew I wanted to take the opportunity to see through the eyes of a reporter. I became declared as a journalism major last spring and was excited to finally see what I was really signing myself up for. After emailing and calling a variety of journalists, Andrew Dowd of the Leader-Telegram generously offered to let me shadow him on Monday and Tuesday of this week.

I’ve always admired journalism but had never been in a real newsroom, so I was unsure of what I’d be walking into before taking my first step into the Leader-Telegram Monday afternoon. I was relieved when Dowd welcomed me through a door into a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. One of his coworkers giggled to a video of cats on Facebook while others debated on whether donuts should be brought to the office on Wednesday or Friday. Half of the large office space was empty with open desks, giving me an idea of what the Leader-Telegram’s staff had once been back when printed press was at a much higher demand.

Andrew Dowd and I sat by his spacious desk while he talked to me about his experiences in the journalism field. He’s been a Wisconsin resident his entire life, studying journalism at UW-Eau Claire after growing up outside of Madison. After writing for The Spectator for two years and graduating from UW-Eau Claire in 2004, Dowd has stayed in Eau Claire and been working as a reporter for the Leader-Telegram for nearly 13 years. He spent his first five years covering the county government, followed by five years covering city government. He’s now back working in county government in addition to being in charge of the Leader-Telegram’s quarterly Business Leader magazine.


Andrew Dowd working on his next story for the Leader-Telegram. ©Kinsey Johnson 2018

Dowd’s biggest piece of advice for me was to join The Spectator’s staff at UW-Eau Claire. Passion rose in his voice when he talked about different articles he had written for them in the past and he encouraged me to take the opportunity to do the same. After viewing his work and the work of his coworkers, I too think it would be a really great learning experience for me to join The Spectator and continue to expand my experience with writing and reporting.

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Catherine Emmaunelle Job Shadow

soundcloud By Emily Geving

I decided to job shadow Eau Claire City Councilwoman Catherine Emmanuelle for this assignment. Emmanuelle was appointed to City Council in 2012 and officially elected in 2013. She is the first Latinx to serve on the Council.

Emmanuelle, then 31, graduated the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire cum laude in 2011 with dual degrees in women’s studies and economics. A non-traditional student, she had a young daughter at the time and felt the need to go back to school.

When I mused on how different her disciplines were, Emmanuelle laughed and corrected, “And how very alike!”

She spoke of her feminist economics course and how studying both disciplines can impact marginalized groups: You learn about achievement gaps and the structures in place that allow these gaps to exist and persist.

She felt that the opportunity to create real change could be found in public service, and so she ran for City Council.

On City Council, Emmanuelle is a member of several boards: The Economic Policy Advising Committee, Affirmative Action, Sustainability Advising Committee, and Visit Eau Claire that she meets with each month.

Official City Council meetings take place Mondays and Tuesdays on the first and third weeks of each month at City Hall. Monday is a public hearing, and Tuesday is the voting day.

When I asked Emmanuelle about some of her proudest accomplishments on Council, she points to seemingly simple resolutions she voted yes on; like implementing a sidewalk or a lamppost.

These things, Emmanuelle said, are incredibly important to social advancement. Having a path to walk or ride a bike, being able to see clearly and navigate safely is important in getting people to work or school. This, in turn, contributes to the health and success of individuals and communities.

Other Council accomplishments Emmanuelle cited were leading the efforts to study the Paris Agreement and implement those environmental practices in Eau Claire.

She pioneered Books on the Bus, which placed a bookshelf of free books on every public bus in the city.

Emmanuelle believes in being an advocate for all individuals she serves, even those she disagrees with.

After the February 27th Council meeting, a member of the community approached Emmanuelle and voiced a strong opinion about an issue that would be voted on the next day. Emmanuelle listened intently, and her facial expression seemed to say, “I hear you.”

When Emmanuelle and I met moments later, she told me that though she disagreed with the person’s opinion, it was her job as a public servant to be an advocate.

She said she assured the person that she would assist them however she could. “Anything I could do to help them collect and connect with information, I would do anything in my power to,” she said to me.

I found Catherine Emmanuelle to be a fascinating person to accompany for this assignment. She expresses compassion to the people she serves and works intently to find solutions to community problems. Because of this assignment, I now know a friendly face on the Council and know that I have representation in my city that will advocate for me.


catherine emmanuelleCatherine Emmanuelle and her son, Nico, after the February 27th City Council meeting.© Emily Geving 2018 Continue reading

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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 – 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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Job Shadow Project

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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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