Hello, my name is Shirin Ahmadpour. I am currently studying at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I am also a part of Barrett, the Honors College where I am on track to receive my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree within four years. I aspire to be the public relations director for the Walt Disney Company. However, my main vision is to give and serve in any and all ways as I can. Through active communicative efforts, I hope to work specifically for the outreach and charitable departments of major companies and organizations. I am excited to carry my experience in the work force as a social media manager, journalist and promotions specialist; my cultural experience that I have received through traveling to eight different countries and from having roots in the Philippines and Iran; and my experience in artistic expression that has been developed through years of dance, theatre and music. With a diverse background and open and optimistic attitude I feel confident in my abilities to learn and create change. I hope to be an asset in any area of work and be a useful link to fresh ideas.
Hi, I’m Sammi Davis, a broadcast journalism student and an honors student at The Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University. I’m expected to graduate in May 2015 with a dual bachelors and masters degree in journalism and mass communication. I’m currently an intern for know99, which is an Emmy award winning public television station based in Phoenix. There I get to use my videography and reporting skills to create 3-minute educational packages. I also just finished filming a documentary on a high school class that trains service dogs. I’m interested in producing and am currently in a newscast producing class. This summer I’m hoping to get an internship for a morning show, working behind the scenes. My goal is to direct or produce national morning talk shows or reality TV shows.
My name is Emily Fritcke, I am a full time student at Arizona State University. I plan to graduate in the Spring of 2015 with degrees in both English Literature and History as well as minor in Arabic Studies and a certificate in the study of Religion and Conflict.
For the past two years I have been immersed in the study of history and social studies education in Pakistan. Through my research I have become passionate about education equality and peace studies. This semester I will be beginning my Honors Thesis in which I will focus my research on how history education can be developed in order to promote peace through a comparative study of the history curriculums of both Pakistan and the United States.
In the past I have worked as the youngest congressional campaign staff member in Arizona during the 2012 election cycle and I have served as a teaching assistant within Barrett, the Honors College at ASU. I am currently a communications and marketing assistant for the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict where I accomplish administrative tasks, event promotions, fundraising, and up-keep of the Center’s two Twitter accounts. My long term goals include attending graduate school, pursuing careers in academia and public service, and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro!
My name is Aimee Cash, and I am currently pursuing a Bachelors in Digital Journalism, as well as a Masters of Mass Communication at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication of Arizona State University.
All my life I have loved music of all sorts, and I will admit to being somewhat of a “hipster” when it comes to my music tastes. They’re eclectic and unique, like I imagine myself to be. With my passion for music, and my knowledge of digital journalism, I am taking the best of both worlds and analyzing the impact of social media and technology on the music industry. After all, haven’t we all hit a point in our lives where we get tired of hearing a song, but are not quite sure what the next step is? That’s when we all turn to the social aspect of it.
My ultimate desire is to be able to share music across cultures, across countries, across continents, and to be able to inform the public about the opportunities to experience the world through music.
I have interned with the Cronkite Journal, where I covered everything from events, to profiles, features, and awards. I have a passion for preventing visual and written works, as well as works of artistry for the ears.
With all of these skills- written, visual, and audial, I suppose you could say that I am a triple threat as an informer, and I hope to keep it that way by staying at the top of my game.
My name is Fernando Aguilar and I am a Social Communicator working for Quetzalcoatl Consulting Group in El Salvador. I am leading communications strategies to promote the cultivation of the cocoa plant, which is the base for chocolate. My objective is to bring economic prosperity to the municipality of Izalco involving various sectors of society. During my Humphrey year I expect to excel my knowledge about communications strategies aimed at broad audiences using traditional and new communications platforms. What makes me different is that I have a real passion about helping the people in my country. At a personal level I can share that I love philosophy, languages, sports and arts. I am always looking into learning new things and share experiences with people.
I am a junior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Barrett, The Honors where I am earning my Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Master’s degree in Mass Communication. I have had multiple internships in various mediums of communications: radio, television and online. However, my passion lies in broadcasting, whether it is on television or the internet. I hope to one day work as a producer on a talk show. I have had the opportunity to take classes like advanced TV reporting, advanced online media and media research methods. These classes have helped to make me a well-rounded journalist. I am also interested in learning new languages. I have taken Spanish classes as well as a Portuguese class. I am currently enrolled in an intermediate Portuguese course and hope to one day use my language skills and travel to Brazil.
Hello, my name is Domenico Giuseppe Nicosia. I am a first-generation American with deep roots in southern Italy.
Though I was born and raised in Arizona, much of what I think and do can be attributed to various Italian traditions and culture. As a result I was raised surrounded by saint days, feasts and overbearing parenting. The food, the phrases and the values were constants in my life, but I never questioned or explored their significance. Thus, much of my college career has been dedicated to learning the meaning behind my heritage.
I have combined my interest in the Italian culture with my journalistic studies to form the basis for my master’s degree research — a study comparing news practices between American news outlets and Italian media. I am also pursuing a minor in the language.
I believe that it is important for society to learn about other cultures and languages in order to breed understanding and respect. This mentality is crucial to my journalism career as I will interview a host of different people with diverse backgrounds.
My professional experience at various internships including the Arizona Republic has exposed me this. Discovering commonalities between people is one of the most important ways to make an interviewee comfortable to elicit natural and genuine responses, which allows the reporter to convey honest and more accurate viewpoints.
My name is Caitlin and I am an investigative storyteller based in Phoenix. I will graduate in May from the Walter Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University with concurrent bachelor’s and master’s degrees in digital journalism. In June, I will be the first David Boardman Investigative Reporting Intern at the Seattle Times.
I am a reporter and editor interested in the place where accountability journalism meets issues of gender. I love reporting and creating longform stories, written and visual. I have extensive experience reporting daily and special projects for both print and digital. I’ve also reported longform stories from behind a camera.
At Cronkite, I am the Executive Editor of the State Press and State Press Magazine. I oversee a staff of 90 who produce our award-winning websites and print publications.
I have worked as an investigative television reporter and producer for Cronkite NewsWatch and a digital reporter covering Arizona military and veterans affairs for the wire service Cronkite News as my capstone assignments. I reported on female veterans and veteran communities for News21, an investigative reporting project on post-9/11 veterans by the Knight Foundation and Carnegie Corp. I have also reported from Indian lands in both Canada and Mexico and interned for The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune and The Arizona Republic.
Outside of the journalism, I like guacamole, memoirs, Adobe programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Tony Stark. And, I’m a Saints and Yankees fan.
Hi I’m Sophia Mayberry a junior at Arizona State University The Walter Cronkite school of journalism and mass communications and Barrett, the honors college my emphasis is public relations and I’m getting a certificate in special event management. I have a passion for events because I am creative, caring and detail oriented.
My name is Tayllor, and I’m a public relations student enrolled at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I’m expecting to graduate in December 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication, with an emphasis in public relations, and a master’s degree in mass communication.
I am currently the director of communications for an honors organization at ASU, a media relations intern for Visit Phoenix, and an honors student with a 4.00 GPA, a maximum course load and two additional jobs.
I have a love for research and writing, skills that I have applied as a freelance reporter, student leader, intern, and while completing a 60-page thesis for my concurrent degrees. I also gained valuable experience in the tourism field as a semester-long participant of the Disney College Program in Orlando, Florida, where I learned about leadership and communication from a multi-billion dollar company.
I’m active in my community, working with a variety of service organizations in the downtown Phoenix area over the years to improve the lives of those around me. I genuinely enjoy the company of people, and learn the most when interacting with individuals from all walks of life. I thrive in a challenging environment, and I’m always looking for an opportunity to learn something new.
My goal is to continue working with a variety of public relations firms, large and small, in order to become a well-rounded public relations practitioner. I intend to pursue a career in public relations internationally, most likely with a tourism focus.
Hello. My name is Rhonda Jaipaul-O’Garro and I am from the Caribbean twin-islands of Trinidad & Tobago. I am a marketing & communication professional with over 12 years experience in higher education. Currently, I work as Marketing & Communications Manager at The University of the West Indies – the largest university in the English-speaking Caribbean serving 16 islands.
I have a keen interest in social media and online communication. In fact, it is my doctoral research focus as I pursue a PhD in Business Administration. In my Humphrey year I’d like to learn how to leverage new media tools like social media for strategic communication and the advancement of education, particularly higher education in the Caribbean region. I have proclaimed 2013-14 my year of transformation, self-discovery and development, and so an important part of that process is understanding who I am as a leader and unearthing my true leadership potential.
I love the outdoors and I am a huge sports fan as well. Two things on my bucket list that I’d like to do while here in the US are 1. drive a monster truck and 2. go hunting and finally have permission to shoot something.
Connect with me : http://about.me/rjaipaul
I am a world-traveler whose pen hopes to capture the beauty of cultural diversity in news reporting. I have traveled to Japan, Kuwait, Argentina, France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria and noticed the power of transcontinental communication using social media. My heart yearns to observe parts of the world largely left unseen and misunderstood. I speak Arabic and studied Islam while in Kuwait. I interact with refugees in the Phoenix-metropolitan area hailing from the Middle East, Asia and Africa. This knowledge is coupled with my experience designing websites, taking photos, producing documentaries and applying social platforms to create a well-rounded learning experience for my global audience. I am a pioneer leading a movement that uses progressive means to share across state, country and continental lines to foster a global community of knowledgeable and peaceful inhabitants.
My name is Fernando Aguilar and I am a Social Communicator working for Quetzalcoatl Consulting Group in El Salvador. I am leading a communications strategy to promote the cultivation of the cocoa plant, which is the base for chocolate. Our objective is to bring economic prosperity to the municipality of Izalco involving various sectors of society. During my Humphrey year I expect to excel my knowledge about communications strategies aimed at broad audiences. What makes me different is that I have a real passion about helping the people in my country and, at a personal level, I love languages and always learning new things sharing experiences.
I’m from Brazil. I’m a journalist and I used to work in news media, but I decided to use my communications skills to uphold human rights. For the last eight years I’ve been working in nonprofit organizations that help at-risk children, especially that live or work on the street.
As communications coordinator, I develop communications strategies in online and print media and handle public relations activities. I also design and fundraising projects and enhance relations with stakeholders from different sectors. I have participated of many processeses of social mobilization and policymaking as well.
I love what I do. Communications is my space to come true dreams and make difference. I like thinking outside of the box, being creative, and engaging people in social issues.
In my Humphrey Fellow Year I wan to improve my communications and leadership skills in order to strengthen nonprofit organizations and advocate for children human rights.
My name is Steven Kapoloma. I come from Malawi, the warm heart of Africa.
I am the Chief Communication Officer for the Malawi Revenue Authority – a tax administration agency like the Internal Revenue Service. For the past ten years, I have helped my government tell stories about the benefit of paying taxes as part of national efforts to increase domestic finances.
I see myself as a change agent. My passion is to see Malawi stop relying on foreign aid to achieve its development agenda. Currently, almost 40 percent of the national budget comes from foreign aid.
In my Humphrey year, I want to improve my leadership skills in driving communication campaigns, engaging employees and telling stories through social media.
That is why, I desire to connect with communication professionals working at IRS, US Treasury or PR experts specializing in financial services industry. Any ideas you might have to get me connected to these communication experts would really be helpful.
My outdoor life includes watching soccer and dancing and I hope to meet my favorite musicians Snoop Lion and Sellina Gomes.
My name is Maja Cakarun, and I come from Croatia, a small European Mediterranean country. I work as a Head of PR Division in a public company Zagreb City Holding, which provides public services. Prior to that, I was working in a Government agency which deals with EU programs and projects, as a communication officer and project manager. My interest is work in a public sector because I feel it is the best way to serve the community and to give back. I passionately believe in servant leadership. I see myself as an active and enthusiastic person. In that sense, I feel that the worst thing for me would be routine and monotony. That is one of the reasons why I love PR – it makes you expand your boundaries and explore your creativity. My goal during this Humphrey year is to improve my skills as communication professional, especially in the field of public campaigns and usage of social media. Also, I would like to discover my leadership ability and potential.
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Greetings from Bangladesh! I am Wahida Ifat, I am a non-profit professional, I work for an International public health research organisation, icddr,b . I tell stories of researchers and scientists, of my organisaiton to the audience of Bangladesh and globally.
Previously I worked for another Bangladeshi non-profit organisation, BRAC. I was part of a team which reached out 200,000 underprivileged teenagers across the country. I developed life skills based educational booklets for them, covering issues, no one discusses with them, such as reproductive health,HIV/AIDS and more. I take pride that through my work I was able to contribute to make a positive change in their life.
I want to expand my skills and knowledge in public relations and social media, during my Humphrey year. I like to travel and also like music a lot.
My name is Hina Ali. I am from Pakistan. I have been working as a journalist for last eight years. I have the honour to work with Pakistan’s only Oscar winning documentary filmmaker who also happens to be a woman.
My job title is ‘producer’ but I like to describe myself as a storyteller. We have over 30 news channels feeding live 24/7. We are probably the only nation in the world which is so obsessed with news.
News cover issues like violence, poverty and lack of education but it does not show the human reality behind these issues. I make documentaries to show that human struggle. My stories are about average people who keep world’s machinery going; my stories are about you and me.
My name is Javaria Tareen.I am a journalist from Balochistan(state),Pakistan.A girl who dreamed to become a media specialist since at the age of 6.I started my career 8 years back as a Disk Jockey (radio) and later I joined print and electronic media as a feature writer/reporter .Since then I am covering gender and child protection issues.In 2010 I joined Balochistan University Information Technology and Engineering Sciences (BUITEMS) as a Public Relations Officer.I am also working as a human rights activist in Balochistan where I am helping victimized women and children’s .Thank you !!!!
Hello, my name is Harmony Huskinson and I am studying journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. I am enrolled in a dual master’s bachelor’s program, which is a part of Barrett, the Honors College. In my three years here I have worked for several parts of student media, including The State Press, our school newspaper, and my current position as assistant editor at State Press Magazine. I have interned at the Phoenix Magazine and am currently a community reporting intern in Mesa at The Arizona Republic. Whenever I can, I write stores about pop culture and nerd communities. I know nerd may sound weird, but really it’s my passion for these seldom-covered cultures that drives my love of journalism. For the past two years I have focused a beat around these communities and continually try to learn about the subject, which is surprisingly vast.
It is my opinion that the general public should know more about nerd culture; it’s art, it’s literature, it’s science, it’s technology, it’s fantasy, it’s everything people have ever cared about or held meaning for. However, I also have plenty of experience in more mainstream beats such as business, education and science. So, if you ever need a reporter who can delve into these subcultures and share their stories, or just need someone dedicated and truly interested in the world, I can do the job.
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I am a senior at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication graduating in Spring 2013, earning both my bachelor and master’s degree in public relations in just four years.
A lover of writing, reading and history, I’ll also be graduating with a minor in history with an emphasis on European culture/communication.
I have an insatiable craving to learn that fuels my passion for people, travel, food, music and fashion. In fact, once I graduate, my goal is to practice public relations globally in the travel, luxury and lifestyle industry – something I didn’t know until interning for the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau last year.
I want to explore and change the world, and hope to do so through telling my future clients’ stories.
My dad always told me that communications was the key to success in all aspects of life. Without it, the world’s corporations would crumble and marriages would fall apart. So I chose to major in it. Getting my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four years from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University has been an exhaustive whirlwind of information, but if I weren’t truly committed to it I wouldn’t be in my final semester before a rapidly approaching May graduation date. I want to help people realize what my dad did: that communication will make us happier and more successful, while also allowing us to be ourselves, in the workplace. My experience working for APS (the largest Arizona public utility) in internal communication has been extremely rewarding. Conducting satisfaction surveys and writing articles focusing on the people of our business are small ways I’m impacting how employees view their jobs (that take up much of their daily lives)! When I’m not helping that cause, I’m dabbling in many other things important to me, such as improving human rights through supporting organizations recognizing equal marriage opportunity or the quality of life of refugees. By the end of 2013, I’d like to take my skills to perhaps in sports or the nonprofit world to continue making an organization’s most important public feel respected in what they do.
I decided to attend journalism school because I’m curious. I’m curious about people, about what they do, about what they mean to other people. As a journalist, I want to connect people; I want people to understand each other and relate to my writing like two friends discuss life over coffee.
As an individual, I devote my time to analyzing and participating in all things pop culture and nerd culture. This does not mean ignoring more complex issues for something simple and entertaining. This does not mean valuing television or video games or comic books over religious, political and social issues. My passion for pop culture stems from pop culture’s seamless integration into these everyday challenges of life. My goal, as a journalist and as a human being is to tell the story of those impassioned by these stories — nerds. As a result, the larger public will better understand these nerd populations — Trekkies, Otaku, Harry Potter fans — as people with valuable perspectives.
I consider these stories about nerds to add to society’s wider perspective. My coverage of cosplayers and comic book shops is not my own simple embrace of characters like Batman or genres like anime. I uncover the most truth about life from the realm of the imagined.
It is my opinion that the general public should know more about nerd culture; it’s art, it’s literature, it’s science, it’s technology, it’s fantasy, it’s the epitome of the human spirit, for better or worse.
So, while some journalists will do amazing, necessary work covering the election, dodging bombs during war coverage, or investigating corporate finances, I will be at comic book conventions, covering the community that deserves a voice.