News and Social Media Bureau

The News Bureau is a team of student workers who research, write and distribute news releases for Luther College. The Social Media Bureau researches, writes and plans for posts to the college's various social media platforms. Both groups work out of the Media Relations office in Dahl Centennial Union Suite 213.

Chloe Baumgartner 2022

News Bureau

    I am a first-year student planning to major in either elementary education, with an endorsement in math, or math with a minor in secondary education. I am currently a member of the women's soccer team which takes up the majority of my time. Working in Media Relations has helped me to improve my writing skills and get accustomed to doing office duties such as answering the phone or sending multiple emails. It has also opened my eyes to how many events are held on campus. I am super excited to use these new skills in my future jobs, but for the time being I'm just excited to do this job which I thoroughly enjoy.

    Jenna Gengler 2022

    News Bureau

      I'm a business management major and a music minor. On campus, I am involved in choir and the campus radio station. Working in Media Relations has given me the opportunity to work on my communications skills and many other skills that I believe will help me in my future endeavors. I enjoy working in the News Bureau because it has allowed me the opportunity to be a part of the Luther community in a way that I don't think I would have been otherwise. It has also given me the chance to be so much more aware of all of the different things going on around campus. I'm excited to see where this job will take me.

      Erin Halverson 2019

      Social Media Bureau

        I’m a communications major and international studies minor. At Luther, I’m on the Women’s Tennis team and a member of the Tau Delta Gamma sorority and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Working in the Social Media Bureau has allowed me to further develop my communication skills whether it be drafting a post for social media, emailing Luther faculty about various campus events, or collaborating with other students on social media projects. I love that this job not only connects me to the Luther community, but also gives me the chance to be creative and promote my ideas.

        Kari Jacobson 2021

        News Bureau

          I am an English major and a secondary education and music minor. On campus, I am involved in Aurora and Symphony Orchestra. I enjoy my job in Media Relations because of the opportunities it provides me to become more versatile in various genres of writing. Encouraging the feeling of community on campus by writing about its members and events is an exciting endeavor for me. Along with my studies in linguistics and Latin, I am gaining a classical liberal arts education in rhetoric and composition by writing for the News Bureau. Apart from my academic pursuits, I enjoy hiking and exploring the local culture of Decorah with friends. The distinctive seasons are a treat to a California resident.

          Ben Keller 2020

          Social Media Bureau

            I am an accounting major and management minor. I am currently a member of the Men's Soccer team. Working for the Social Media Bureau has helped me improve my communication skills, and to be more aware of whom I am trying to get content across to. This has also helped improve my time management skills, having to plan and keep my projects organized and timely. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to be able to further my education through the Social Media Bureau.

            Amber Sorenson 2020

            Social Media Bureau

              I'm a communication studies major here at Luther, and I am also involved in varsity band and Love Your Melon. In addition to this job, I am one of Luther’s student bloggers for the Admissions Department. My job in social media has helped me in a multitude of ways, from being aware of most of the events and performances happening on campus to improving my professional communication skills for my future career. I continue to learn how to write in the conversational style that is crucial for social media, rather than the event-planner style that I tend to gravitate towards. The things I am learning through this job will directly influence my success in the workplace after Luther–as I hope to continue to work in social media in some capacity, preferably for a non-profit organization. When I actually find some free time in my schedule, you can find me traveling the world or hanging out with friends. 

              Abby Trewin 2022

              News Bureau

                I am a first-year Luther student, double-majoring in music performance and either economics, accounting, or management. I am one of three section leaders in the Alto I section of Aurora, and I currently hold the second chair position in the Violin I section of Philharmonia Orchestra. Additionally, I participate in College Ministries and Luther PRIDE. My work in Media Relations has advanced my understanding as a student as well as an employee. I am honored to work for people that value my efforts and trust my skills as a developing professional. As a news bureau writer, I discover the many ways that Luther students, faculty and alumni contribute to society. I notice that individuals associated with Luther have been able to reach far beyond the grounds of campus while staying connected to the core values of the institution. Therefore, I further understand the value of my education at Luther because my work keeps me informed about the awesome things Luther people can do!

                Susie Wold 2020

                News Bureau

                  I am junior majoring in environmental studies. I am a member of PRIDE and a facilitator for the new National Alliance on Mental Illness peer support group on campus. My job in the Media Relations office has helped strengthen my writing abilities as well as introduced me to office work. Along with learning skills such as answering the phone, writing in different styles and researching effectively, this position has made me more aware of all the events taking place on campus. The knowledge and skills I will take away from here can be applied to and will help me navigate any field of work.