About Me

Who I am

My name is Rachel Wente. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from Drake University in Spring 2021. I majored in Digital Media Production and a minor in Rhetoric, Media, and Social Change. Additionally, I graduated summa cum laude and with University Honors.

What I care about

One of my priorities is to ensure that I know who my client is and what matters to them. With my degree, I want to be able to showcase the best of a company, concept, or person in a way that means something to them. Furthermore, I want to help them either through having them realize it on their own, or through my work with them. The world is just a large community, and I want to embody that spirit.

Involvement with video production

My journey with video production started in my sophomore year of high school. Janesville’s public library participated in the ‘Teen Video Challenge,’ a way to advertise the summer reading program. We collaborated with the local PEG station (Public-Education-Government), JATV Media Services. After the production completed, I was asked to be an intern there.

I worked at JATV for 3.5 years. While I was there, I recorded, edited, and produced videos for the community. Some of my favorite videos were ones where I went to an event hosted by a non-profit and produced videos showcasing the event. These programs include the YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, or a Comic-Con-esque event at the library.

Here’s where you can read more about my history with video production.

My experience so far…

I have experience with marketing and marketing material. I was in charge of publicity and social media for some organizations at Drake, including the Honors Student Council, and Drake Broadcasting System. 

Myself with coworkers at the State Fair in preparation for Star 102.5's State Fair Scramble
My coworkers and I before the Star 102.5 State Fair Scramble

During Summer 2019, I worked in Promotions and Marketing at the Des Moines Radio Group.  In this position, I worked at remote events in setting up equipment and interacting with listeners, as well as a bit of work behind-the-scenes for large events. Some of those events were the KIOA Car Giveaway, More 104.1 Christmas in July, Star 102.5 State Fair Scramble). 

During Summer 2020, I worked as the Social Media Intern at the Beaverdale Farmers Market. I was responsible for creating weekly Facebook and Instagram posts advertising our Vendors of the Week, providing updates on market events, and informing patrons of policies. Even with the pandemic, the market had one of its most successful seasons. Most weeks we had over 1,000 visitors.

All of these experiences have given me opportunities to learn more about the communities that I live in. I’ve truly enjoyed being able to learn about the different needs of different people and how to best work with them to ensure that people are receiving the services that they deserve.