Louise Tonneson Rodriguez

Master's Student

Degrees: B.A., Journalism, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Career Goals: I’m following a new path in journalism after taking a break from my career to raise my daughters. I plan to use the experience I gained in the Master’s program—zeroing in on unique news angles, analyzing data, delivering strong pitches, capturing good images, and writing compelling stories—to work as a writer or editor for an online NGO or nonprofit publication. My areas of interest include cultural anthropology, progressive and social justice issues, education, art history, pop culture, film preservation—and I’m a serious news junkie overall.

Media Experience: Production intern at KUT's The Texas Standard daily radio news program.

Internet copyeditor for EAS Sports Nutrition, Science Writer at the National Snow & Ice Data Center (part of NOAA).

Editor and writer for the Nuclear Review, Writer for Elements.

Freelance copyeditor for educational publisher Libraries Unlimited. 

Reporting intern at Montego Bay, Jamaica’s Western Mirror.

Intern at Radio City News.

Freelance Reporter for the University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Daily.

Favorite Aspects of the Master’s Program: The instructors. Expectations for Master’s students are high at the J-School, but the professors, who carry with them years of professional journalism experience, constantly encourage students along the way to produce their best work. In the end, students are rewarded by seeing their stories and images published in local or national outlets.