2022 Rasmussen Fellowship

Applications are being accepted for this summer’s Donovan E. Rasmussen Broadcast Journalism Fellowship.

The fellowship is named in honor of Donovan E. Rasmussen (1922-2009), who in 2006 funded an endowment with the UW-River Falls Foundation to be used by the journalism program.

Donovan E. Rasmussen

Donovan E. Rasmussen poses outside the studios of WPCA, a low-power FM radio station in Amery, Wisconsin. His endowment originally funded an internship at the station.

Each summer, the six-week fellowship will support one UWRF undergraduate majoring in journalism to report and produce a 30-minute broadcast documentary (complete with audio and script) about a public affairs issue of concern to residents of western Wisconsin. The documentary will be broadcast on radio station WRFW and made available online at uwrfjournalism.org. The student journalist will receive a stipend of $2,000 and may be reimbursed for up to $500 in expenses as allowed under university policy. The stipend will be paid in two installments: half after the third week and the remainder upon faculty mentor acknowledgement of successful completion of the fellowship.

The student will work with a faculty mentor, who must agree to be available for consultation and collaboration during the term of the fellowship. The faculty mentor will receive $500 toward expenses related to their research, creative or scholarship activity.

To qualify for the fellowship, the student must be:

To apply, the student must submit the following as one PDF file:

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 15. The completed application must be submitted as a single PDF file to Andris Straumanis, director of the journalism program, via email at andris.straumanis@uwrf.edu.

Faculty of the Department of Communication and Media Studies will review applications and notify applicants of results no later than 5 p.m. Friday, April 22.

For further information, contact Associate Professor Andris Straumanis, andris.straumanis@uwrf.edu.

Previous fellows

2021: The inaugural Rasmussen Fellow was Brooke Shepherd, a double major in journalism and animal science, who produced a 30-minute broadcast documentary about obesity in western Wisconsin. The story earned her first place in the news series and documentary category in the annual WBA Student Awards for Excellence.