Hello, I’m Jessica Wenck. I’m a multimedia journalist and University of Iowa grad with a degree in journalism. I have experience with breaking news, news conferences, and live shots. I have also anchored. Here are some examples of my student work that I have shot and edited myself. Thank you for watching


The sky might actually be falling as a crane being carried on a semi hit the underside of the the eighth street bridge over the southbound lanes of I 380 in Cedar Rapids Thursday. This caused a problem for those driving under the bridge as debris filled the lanes. Some pieces that were found in the road weighed more than five pounds. Investigators say that they have not heard any reports of vehicles damaged from the fallen debris. The cost of fixing the bridge will be over one hundred thousand dollars.


Food for the Soul

Anchor Lead:

Food known for having a little extra feeling has one new location in Iowa City that some say have “mastered” the southern cooking style. Jessica Wenck takes us inside the soul food restaurant – – local newcomer, L&J Kitchen BBQ House. (:12)


Gregory Marcus-“When I’m in the mood for BBQ, I’ll come here.” (:02)

VO:The L&J Kitchen BBQ House is a family run restaurant new to the Iowa City area and customers are already favoring the home-style flavor. (:06)

SOT:Steve Marcus-

“I walked in here and I felt like family (:02)


“ You know when you come into our restaurant it doesn’t just become a restaurant, it becomes your home, it’s like I say, you come through my door. Welcome home.”

“We do everything from scratch. Potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, corn bread.”


But not all the cooking is done in the kitchen, Jerry takes his southern style cooking outside too.”

SOT:“We cook everything outside on the grills. Up under cherry wood, applewood, lump charcoal, regular charcoal. To give our food our unique taste.”

SOT:“It’s really unique what I do. Most people in Iowa won’t take time to do this. It’s a lot of work. You gotta have a lot of energy for this kind of stuff.

SOT:We got some competition out here. But we a family restaurant and we’re not corporate. And that’s what makes a difference. You can feel the love, there’s a lot of love in this house.”

STAND UP:“Most people wouldn’t expect to find authentic barbeque in Iowa City, but now you know you can find it right here at L&J’s . Jessica Wenck, reporting, DITV.

Minority Experience

Anchor Lead: The University of Iowa admissions and the Center for diversity and enrichment have collaborated in their recruitment for minority students. Jessica Wenck talked with the director of the center for her perspective.


SOT: “Well the center for diversity and enrichment, we serve three groups of students, first gen, low income, and under represented students. Providing support and guidance for our students.”

VO: The Center for Diversity and Enrichment plays a major role in how involved minorities are with the university. Putting on annual events like the Thanksgiving Feast, a social opportunity where currently enrolled students are able to interact with other minorities and meet new people.

SOT: What we’ve done, and all of it is intentional, because the University of iowa, they are serious when they say that they want to bring diversity to the University of Iowa. We were fortunate to receive some additional funding for under-represented students. So we partnered with the admissions office. We increased the mailings that we sent out to students, post cards.”

VO: As a way to recruit future students to the university, the center also hosts the multicultural event where students from across the nation to visit the university and see the benefits of being a minority at Iowa.

SOT: It is a rich mix of culture and social difference that comes together to make an exciting learning environment at this university.

VO: Apart of this Fall’s increase is freshman Celina Carr.

STANDUP: This Fall at the University of Iowa the minority rates have seen a high increase in minority students. Totaling 11%, with the majority being Latino, African Americans and Asians.

SOT: “Umm, well the diversity rates not that high here. But it doesn’t really affect me too much because I feel like I can still find my place here. I just came here mostly for my studies, that’s what I focused on.”

SOT“I’ve been here for 21 years, having an office like this makes a difference in students lives.”

SOT“I met a lot of freshman minorities and first generation students the first week of school. If you put yourself in that environment it helps you to meet other people on campus who are minorities that are in the same position as you.”

SOT“ Are we gonna go in leaps in bounds? No. But we will grow, I just can’t see the enrollment declining.”

SOT“It makes you kind of feel like you have a home here.”

VO: And a home environment is exactly what the center hopes to create for the students while attending the university. I’m Jessica Wenck, Daily Iowan TV.


Anchor Lead:

University of Iowa Greek houses do their part to support the soldiers by holding a dodge ball tournament to raise money for the United Service Organization. Daily Iowan’s Jessica Wenck gives an inside look at the student’s philanthropy work. :12

VO:The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta and sorority of Kappa Kappa Gamma came together Sunday afternoon to compete against each other in a game of dodge ball. :08

SOT:Ben Lee-

“We just come out here, play dodge ball. It’s a good way to work out some aggression, I guess. Raise money for a good cause.” :07

VO:The tournament held a separate league for men and women, each team paying fifty dollars to raise money for the United Service organization. The organization is a non-profit that helps soldiers overseas and their families. :10

SOT:Ben Lee-

“It’s just a really good cause and time there’s people overseas fighting for our country, it’s something worth supporting.” :07

SOT:Andrew Wood-

“We did dodge ball because we felt that it was orginial to what other fraternities had been doing on campus. We felt like if we hadn’t done dodge ball it would have been a different avenue. And we felt like it was pretty universal, everybody was pretty comfortable with dodge ball.” :14

VO:After the tournament, the winning teams collected trophies for their participation and support of the cause. :05