New editor taking the reins at the Times

By Trudy Balcom with Audrey Posten

Audrey Posten, 22, of Patch Grove, Wis., has been hired as the new editor of the North Iowa Times.

Posten is an area native who attended River Ridge High School. She is the daughter of Brent and Nancy Posten and has one brother, Derek, who attends River Ridge. Brent is manager of Spahn & Rose Lumber, and Nancy is employed at the Gundersen Eye Clinic in Prairie du Chien.

She recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in journalism and history.

Posten was honored with a Bronze Award from the Milwaukee Press Club for the Best Collegiate Written News Story, for a piece about college women’s participation in the 2012 presidential election, written for the University of Milwaukee Post.

“Not only was it an issue that was close to my heart, but I spent a whole semester working on it, conducting at least 20 interviews, creating both a print and audio story and taking tons of photos. So it was a challenge, but it was really rewarding, and I hope it gave people a real-person perspective on politics, rather than that of just the politician,” she explained.

She also covered community events and village board meetings for Patch.com, a Village of Whitefish Bay, Wis., news website.

Posten said she first thought about becoming a reporter in eighth grade, and she thought she would become a sports reporter. She admits that she selected UW-Milwaukee, in part, to get a little closer to her favorite baseball team, the Milwaukee Brewers. She is from a family of passionate Brewers fans. “It’s the one thing we all get together and do—go to Brewer’s games,” she said.

“By the time I started taking serious journalism classes in my sophomore year, I realized there were more important things going on in the world besides sports, so I wanted to write about all kinds of general news stories,” she said. Her favorite book is “All the President’s Men.”

But she can still tell you the stats on any Brewer’s player.

In her free time, Posten enjoys taking the family’s black Labs out for a walk and spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys reading and watching documentaries, and she enjoys learning about Civil War history. “I know it sounds kind of nerdy,” she added.

Part of journalism’s value, she understands, is that it creates the first rough draft of history.

“Journalism is important because it brings people together over common events and issues—it reflects our culture and values, our trials and tribulations, our happy moments. Plus it informs people, or at least tries to inform people. That’s why people should care about the North Iowa Times—it brings the community together, provides informative news content and gives people the chance to learn something about a neighbor or community member they might have never known. I saw this quote the other day from Bill Nye that said, ‘Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.’ I think that’s really applicable to journalism. It’s a journalists’ job to bring out some of those things people don’t know.”

Posten has been serving as an intern at the Courier Press this summer and training at the North Iowa Times for the past several weeks. She will take the helm as editor for the July 31 issue.

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