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UW-Eau Claire Journalism Student
Receives National Broadcast Scholarship
MAILED: Nov. 27, 2001
EAU CLAIRE — The Broadcast Education Association has awarded a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student a $1,250 scholarship for the 2002-03 school year.
Junior Lisa Klinkner, a journalism major from Appleton, received one of two Broadcasters' Foundation Helen J. Sioussat scholarships.
"I was shocked and excited," Klinkner said, noting that because it was a national scholarship she didn't think she had a chance. "It makes you feel like your hard work is paying off."
Klinkner has been gaining journalistic experience as a university student. She volunteered to assist WUEC, the university radio station, by gathering and writing news stories, and eventually became a newscaster herself. Her experiences at WUEC helped her win first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Milwaukee Press Club. Klinkner is also president of UW-Eau Claire's chapter of SPJ.
"Radio was fun, but challenging to do," Klinkner said. "I would write a story and give it to Henry (Henry Lippold, professor emeritus of communication and journalism) to look at, and he would say 'no, no, no,' and I would go back and change it. But that's how you improve, and I'm so grateful for the experience and his guidance now. He's so excited about everything. That excitement carried over."
Klinkner is currently employed at WQOW TV-18, working in news and production as a weekend director, producer and occasionally as a fill-in-reporter.
"I think my broadcast experiences and job at Channel 18 helped me get this scholarship," Klinkner said.
Also important, according to Klinkner, were the recommendations she received for the scholarship from Mike Rindo, in his former position as station manager at Channel 18; Kevin Singer, lecturer of communication and journalism; and Lippold.
"I'm extremely pleased, but not surprised that Lisa Klinkner won a Broadcast Education Scholarship," said Lippold. "She is deserving. Ms. Klinkner is an honor student, works very hard on improving her broadcast journalism skills and seizes opportunities. It was easy to recommend Lisa Klinkner for a BEA scholarship."
The BEA is a nonprofit academic organization with a commitment to broadcast and electronic media education. More than 1,300 professors, students, media professionals and 250 university and college member institutions are involved. Members share diverse interests involving all aspects of telecommunications and electronic media.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Nov. 27, 2001