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Journal welcomes summer intern

The journalism bug came early for the new River Falls Journal and Hudson Star-Observer intern, Rebecca Rudolph. As a child, Rudolph started a family newspaper.

Rudolph said that she would write stories about her family, mom, Julie; dad, Wade; and 20-year old little brother, Patrick, who is a Criminal Justice major at UW-Eau Claire. She would then send the "newspaper" to her cousins.

Although she first entered UW-River Falls as a communication studies major with dreams of working in the film industry, Rudolph quickly realized that journalism was a more "reliable" source of work.

The 21-year-old, spring 2013 UWRF graduate, then changed her major to journalism with a minor in political science.

The Wausau native, who graduated from D.C. Everest in 2009, said journalism was a good fit for her because she enjoys hearing stories and hearing what's going on.

"That's what really hooked me into the industry," she added.

Rudolph said: "I like the idea of telling people's story."

She also feels that journalism is a forum of communication and enjoys allowing people to hear both sides of an issue.

While in college, Rudolph, did numerous internships including working at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, a sister paper to both the Journal and Star-Observer.

She has also interned at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club, fall 2012; Wisconsin Public Radio, summer 2012; Maverick Media and Sacred Heart Hospital, summer 2011.

While interning this summer, Rudolph, hopes to learn how different newsrooms work, as well as get more hard news experience.

In the future she would like to be an editor in a small community newspaper, otherwise she would like to do event planning since "it keeps you on your toes."

Rudolph, who lives in River Falls, had her first article about her high school band trip to Washington, D.C. published when she was a sophomore in high school.

While in high school, she also participated in forensics, oral history project and band.

In her spare time, Rudolph, enjoys meeting new people, and traveling. She would like to visit all 50 states and Russia.

Rudolph commented that what she likes about River Falls is that it is a "small town with cute little shops on Main Street, but only a 15 minute drive to Hudson for things like WalMart and another 15 minutes to an even bigger city."

She particularly likes Junior's Bar and Grill, mainly because her boyfriend, Troy Witt, is friends with the bartenders and it always has a different crowd of people, good food, and live music

Rudolph will be at the Journal and Observer offices throughout the summer.

"Anything that is a good story let me know and we'll try to work something out," Rudolph said. She can be reached at or call 715-426-1048.

Jillian Dexheimer

Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.