Sarah Ritter

Augustana College MJMC Intern & Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fellow

I will graduate in 2015 as a Multimedia Journalism and Mass Communication major. Through the MJMC program, I have been able to develop a diverse set of skills which are applicable in the quickly changing journalism field. It has been exciting to learn how to find and write relevant news stories, as well as utilize the newest technology to capture and edit visual stories through photography and video. Being a part of Augustana's journalism program and working for the school newspaper, the Observer, has introduced me to a work field where I could combine my love of writing with my interest in learning how to use new mediums to share stories and express ideas.  This internship will allow me to write and edit news stories for the radio, and experience new audio recording and editing software. I began my news internship with WVIK last month, and I have already been able to write two news stories. My goal after graduation is to find a position with NPR. I believe that working with WVIK will be a good step on the way to that goal, as it will teach me to produce high quality, accurate news. I am truly grateful to the Hanson Family Foundation for giving me this opportunity.

Credit East Moline

The mayor of East Moline wants employees of the Rock Island Arsenal to be able to run for local government. Tonight, the city council will consider switching to non-partisan elections, which would allow federal employees to run for office. 

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A local hospital is trying to prevent the flu from spreading in the Quad Cities this fall, by targeting elementary schools. Starting today, Genesis will give flu vaccines to 9,000 children, for its 10th annual Flu-Free Quad Cities Campaign.

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Hundreds of local students are competing for a good cause this month. Tonight, 16 high schools will kick-off the 31st annual Student Hunger Drive for the Quad Cities. 

Pedestrians and bike riders may want to avoid Centennial Bridge this week. Monday at 8 am through Friday at 3 pm, sidewalks will be closed on the bridge, connecting Davenport and Rock Island.

WVIK Staff

While Americans typically eat a diet vastly different than that of people in the rest of the world, one thing is the same: food brings us together. That's the idea behind the new exhibit, "Hungry Planet" at the Putnam Museum in Davenport. 

WVIK Staff

"Nobody has a rink like this around here." That's according to the crew at the I-Wireless Center in Moline today, as they began building the ice rink for the Quad City Mallards' upcoming season. 

Stephen Tollenaer

A second person has joined the race for Rock Island mayor. Thursday alderman Stephen Tollenaer  announced he's a candidate for the election next spring.

Now serving his third term on the city council from the 4th ward, Tollenaer says he wants to continue the current effort of trying to bring more retail businesses to the city. And he calls the recent failure of the Walmart project "unfortunate."

Rock Island spent a lot of money preparing the site for Walmart, but he will keep working to find other possible businesses for what used to be Watchtower Plaza.

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As it prepares to start a new season, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra has decided to keep working with its music director and conductor. This week, the QCSO extended the contract for Mark Russell Smith, through the 2020 season.

Smith is currently serving his ninth season with the symphony. The Board of Trustees president, Sue Honsey, says in a statement, "Although not a local resident, he has become a recognizable face in the Quad Cities community over the past eight years."

Augustana College

At this weekend's homecoming game, Augustana College will honor former record-breaking student athletes. Saturday, the college will induct six new members into the "Tribe of Vikings Hall of Fame." 

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An Iowa organization wants every disabled voter in the state to feel confident about voting this fall. On Friday, ID Action will hold a Voter Training session for Quad Cities residents with disabilities. 

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