Hi, I’m Brenna Paukert.
Hello, and welcome to my portfolio site! My name is Brenna Paukert, a young multimedia production professional. I graduated from Drake University in 2016 and currently live and work in the busy city of Des Moines!
I’m currently employed at Wright Service Corp. in West Des Moines. Wright Service Corp. is the parent company of six different subsidiary companies across the country, consisting of just about 3,500 employees. I work in the Marketing and Communications department doing multimedia production. My main focus is video production for all six companies. Internal training videos for our online learning management system take up most of my time, but I occasionally get to produce more creative, fun videos for our websites and social media! I get to travel all across the country, meet our diverse employees, and tell the stories of many individuals. It’s been such a learning experience, and I feel as if I’ve grown a lot since starting with the company.
I grew up in a tiny town in Iowa called Duncombe. I went to school in the nearby town, Webster City, and found my passion for journalism in a high school classed called WCTV. The class put together a weekly news show that was fully student-run, and it opened my eyes to the world of news and story-telling. Since then, I’ve been hooked.
I chose Drake because of the school’s journalism department and it’s relationships with news stations in the area. I wanted amazing internship experiences throughout my college career, and Drake would make that possible.
In my time at Drake I got those experiences. Spring semester of my sophomore year, I interned at KCCI-TV in Des Moines and had the time of my life. I learned so much about the journalism field and TV news, and I met incredible people. The experience only solidified my passion for journalism and confirmed my decision to go into TV news.
The summer of 2015, I interned at We Are Iowa – Local 5 News in Des Moines. This experience was different, but important. I learned more about the world of journalism. I even got the opportunity to put together my own package for the evening news!
Spring semester of my senior year, I did a leadership internship with the General Manager of KCCI-TV, Brian Sather. I spent 10-15 hours each week experiencing what it’s like to be in his position of leadership. I got to sit in and participate in meetings with different departments, and I learned so much! Over the course of the semester I was involved in multiple projects for the station, including the creation of an Iowa Caucus Review. Speaking with employees of KCCI and also with viewers in the area, I compiled feedback for the station. Through the final report I created, KCCI gained an understanding on what to do better next time and what to keep around because of it’s success. It was an amazing learning experience that will undoubtedly shape my future career, regardless of where I end up.
On campus at Drake, I stayed very busy. I was the president of the Women’s Club Soccer team, played the trumpet in marching band, jazz band, and concert band, and I worked as a student manager at the recreation centers. I also worked for Creative Services in Drake’s athletic department, shooting athletic events and creating promotional videos.
Each Spring, I was very involved in the Drake Relays broadcast run by Drake Broadcasting Systems. I held multiple roles for the production over the years. I began as a field reporter where I was on the track the days-of the events. I interviewed athletes after their races “as-live” for the production. My second year, I was a line producer and reporter. As a line producer, I lead a group of 5 other students and created pre-produced packages to be played the weekend of the event. My final year, I was the pre-produced producer and a director. As a pre-produced producer, I oversaw a handful of groups of students that created the pre-produced packages. I coordinated the groups, their stories, and their deadlines. The weekend of the Relays, I was a director. I ran the control board during the races, making sure to keep footage smooth and chronological. The Drake Relays are the best time of the year, I loved being so involved during the weekend.
I was also very involved with the LEAD program at Drake. The Leadership Education and Development program is fairly new at Drake, but it’s growing each day. I was the student assistant for the program, and I worked very closely with Professor Tom Westbrook. We worked to develop, improve, and support the program at Drake. As the LEAD Student Assistant, I also held the position of President of the Student Leadership Advisory Panel (SLAP). SLAP is a group of students that meets weekly to be the liaison between LEAD students and faculty. We planned events for LEAD students, and worked directly with faculty to share students’ thoughts and concerns. I really enjoyed the leadership experience I got as I worked with a program I’m so passionate about.
As you explore my site you will find my resume, lists of experiences, clips of my work, and links to other things related to me. Please enjoy your visit and contact me with any questions or comments. Thanks for stopping by!