Professor Barbara Fleming Volbrecht

Instructor, Digital Media and Performing Arts

Courses Taught
DGMD 1964 Broadcast Practicum
DGMD 2335 Script and Continuity
DGMD 2445 Broadcast News Writing, Reporting and Editing
DGMD 4345 Advanced Script Writing
DGMD 4615 Radio Programming
DGMD 4460 Radio Reporting/Performance
JOUR 1100: Digital Journalism I: Journalism Bootcamp
JOUR 1550: Digital Journalism II: Reporting and News Design

Education
M.S. degree in management, Cardinal Stritch University
B.S. degree in radio and TV broadcasting with a minor in journalism, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Why Marquette?
Have you ever walked into an environment and felt completely at ease, like you belong there? That’s about the best way I can describe why I’m here. It’s a welcoming environment with friendly faculty, staff and students. It also has excellent broadcasting facilities, and students can handle the equipment their first semester here. Freshmen can be on the air or behind-the-scenes at the student-run radio and TV stations. They get a chance to see if this is a career they’d truly enjoy. 

Professional Activities:
Fall, 2016: Weekly Studio Reader and Audio Editor for Audio & Braille Literacy Enhancement (ABLE)
Penfield Children's Center article, Helping Children Develop Active Listening Skills

Certifications
March, 2016: Podcasting—Telling Stories in Sound Certificate
July, 2015: College Media Adviser Certification

Awards

Awards for Marquette Student Media
In the 2015-2016 academic year, Marquette University Student Media (the Marquette Wire), won the most video and audio journalism awards ever—17 in total—from a variety of entities, including: Society of Professional Journalists. Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association, Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and Milwaukee Press Club. These were in addition to other journalist writing and photography awards, including: Best Student Magazine, Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper, Break News, General News, Sports Reporting, In-Depth Reporting, Editorial Writing, Sports Photography, and several other awards. I had the privilege of overseeing the Marquette Wire during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years in an interim Student Media Director role.

Additional Recent Awards Won
2015 Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) Student Award for Excellence, 1st place, Sports Play-by-Play, Michael Beiermeister and Michael Cianciolo, Marquette University Television (MUTV)

2015 Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA), Student Awards for Excellence, 2nd place, Sports Story (TV), Michael Cianciolo, Marquette University Television (MUTV)

2015 Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA), Student Awards for Excellence, 3rd place Promo/PSA/Commercials (TV), Brian Georgeson, Marquette University Television (MUTV)

2014 Wisconsin Newspapers Association (WNA) Foundation Collegiate Competition First Award, General Excellence, The Marquette Tribune 2014 Milwaukee Press Club (MPC) Gold, Visual Journalism, Daniel Alfonze, The Marquette Journal

2014 Milwaukee Press Club (MPC), Silver, Best News Story Single or Ongoing (Video), Brian Georgeson and Kate O'Neill, Marquette University Television (MUTV)

2014 Milwaukee Press Club (MPC), Silver, Best Program, Documentary or Special (Video), Marquette University Television (MUTV)

2014 Milwaukee Press Club (MPC), Gold Best Sports Story (Video), Mike Cianciolo, Marquette University Television (MUTV)

2014, Milwaukee Press Club (MPC), Silver Best Sports Story (Video), Grant Becker, Marquette University Television (MUTV)

2013 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award Winner, The Marquette Tribune Staff

WUWM Awards
As the news director at WUWM, I led a staff of five full-time news reporters and anchors. Under my management, the staff has won the largest number of awards ever—25 in total. These awards came from: Associated Press, Radio/Television News Directors Association, Northwestern Broadcast News Association, Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association and Milwaukee Press Club.

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA) Award of Merit: Series “Privacy on the line” (Barb Fleming, Ann-Elise Henzl, Marti Mikkelson, Marge Pitrof and Dan Sprehe.)

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA) First Place: General Reporting “Male eating disorders” (Barb Fleming)

Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) First Place: Best Mini Documentary/Series “Prisons: dollars and souls” (Bob Bach, Barb Fleming, Ann-Elise Henzl, Marti Mikkelson, and Marge Pitrof.)

Associated Press (AP) First Place: Series “Prisons: Dollars and souls” (Bob Bach, Barb Fleming, Ann-Elise Henzl, Marti Mikkelson, and Marge Pitrof.)

1998: Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA) First Place: General Reporting “Inner vision” (Barb Fleming)

Milwaukee Press Club First Place: Best Documentary or Series “Milwaukee Public Schools: Daily challenges” (Bob Bach, Barb Fleming, Ann-Elise Henzl, Lisa Labuz and Marge Pitrof.)

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA) Award of Merit: Series “Milwaukee Public Schools: Daily challenges” (Bob Bach, Barb Fleming, Ann-Elise Henzl, Lisa Labuz and Marge Pitrof.)

Associated Press (AP) First Place: Series “Walk a mile” (Bob Bach, Barb Fleming, Ann-Elise Henzl, Lisa Labuz and Marge Pitrof.)

Associated Press (AP) First Place: Documentary “Aging in Milwaukee: Listening to voices often ignored” (Bob Bach, Barb Fleming, Ann-Elise Henzl, Lisa Labuz and Marge Pitrof.)

Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) Merit Award: Feature Length Documentary “Aging in Milwaukee: Listening to voices often ignored” (Bob Bach, Barb Fleming, Ann-Elise Henzl, Lisa Labuz and Marge Pitrof.)

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA) Merit Award: Documentary “Aging in Milwaukee: Listening to voices often ignored” (Bob Bach, Barb Fleming, Ann-Elise Henzl, Lisa Labuz and Marge Pitrof.)

Milwaukee Press Club Honorable Mention: Best Documentary or Series “Aging in Milwaukee: Listening to voices often ignored” (Bob Bach, Barb Fleming, Ann-Elise Henzl, Lisa Labuz and Marge Pitrof.

Professional Affiliations
Broadcast Education Association
CBI (Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc.)
Milwaukee Press Club

Professional Experience
News Director, WUWM - Milwaukee, WI
Reporter/Anchor, WTMJ - Milwaukee, WI
Reporter/Anchor, WISN - Milwaukee, WI
Morning News and DJ, WQFM (now WJZI) - Milwaukee, WI
News, Traffic and DJ, WOKY/WMIL - Milwaukee, WI
Traffic Reporter, Metro Networks - Milwaukee, WI
Morning News and DJ, WBZN (now V-100) - Milwaukee, WI
Morning Drive News, WZTR (now WRIT) - Milwaukee, WI
News Director, WWWC - Wilkesboro, NC
Talk Show Host/Reporter, WKRS - Waukegan, IL
Reporter, WSPT - Stevens Point, WI

Panels
Panelist at the Broadcast Education Association in Las Vegas. Discussed “Learning Sportscasting by Doing: The Students’ Perspectives” as part of a panel focusing on “Creating Practical Sports Casting Experiences for Students.” Shared student sports casting opportunities at MUTV and MU Radio, which range from anchoring sports and sport-talk shows to play-by-play and color for basketball, soccer and volleyball.

Panelist at the Broadcast Education Association meeting in Las Vegas. Discussed the ‘Perennial Production Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them.’ Shared some of the MUTV Client Production Department experiences, and focused on a video the students produced for the United States Mint.

Committees
Chair, Resources and Personnel Development Committee August 2003-2006
Chair, McNeill Committee October 2003-Present
Advisory Member, Board for Student Media August 2000-2016