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. This is also my year of transformation, self-discovery and development, and 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.
My first passion was reading. As I child, I was the crazy kindergartener sitting in the corner trying to sound out words during research rather than play ball. The only assignments I remember from fourth grade are the short creative stories I had to write. I still have them at my parents house. I still think they were a work of genius.
Now, reading is my escape and writing is what I do.
I think that there are many people in the same boat as I am, people who love wonderful stories, but perhaps do not always set aside the time to sit down with a new book from the library or Kindle or whatever and enjoy. If it were conveniently presented though, we would soak up every word, devour each chapter.
The concept of fusing the world of journalism and the arts truly isn’t new, but I agree that right now, there is a chance to revolutionize the concept. There are so many avenues it can be taken. Like the Minneapolis Star revamping the concept of serials in the newspaper of old. It worked. People loved it. It is proof that people will take a second look at the paper if it is art infused.
While sure, a newspaper in my hands is nice, I can get it free online. What is harder to get for free is a beautifully written novella, a series of poems or perhaps even a photo essay.
I could see the Arizona Republic building relationships with local artists. What a mutually beneficial relationship! The artists get their work into the public eye, and earn more money than they would self-publishing on the web, and the paper brings in more readers and advertising. Win-win.
That is a paper I would pay for.
Hi, my name is Gerald Bourguet and I’m a print journalist at ASU with a passion for sports and music. The most important thing to know about me is that I love to write: I’m good at it, I do it every day and I believe quality writing opens the door for discussion of the news. I’m originally from Albuquerque, NM, and yes, in case you were wondering, it is a part of the United States. I grew up playing and watching basketball, so I know the game inside and out. I’ve published numerous articles of sports analysis for multiple websites in addition to maintaining my own personal NBA blog. I’ll soon be writing a sports column for the Downtown Devil and I’m also in the process of creating a music website reviewing rock albums backed by a literature review of rock music history and its criticism. I’m skilled in social media, I enjoy interacting with people by sharing topical sports and music stories and I’m actively seeking employment for a writing position covering professional or college basketball.
My Name is Taati Niilenge. I am a reporter at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation. I report on various issues in my region and has developed special interest in disadvantaged women and children. During my seven years of employment as a journalist, I have discovered that many people in my country lack computer kills. Many people try to make a living by selling arts and crafts, but they do not succeed because they cannot market themselves. Our region is often visited by tourists who do not know about these products . My goal after completing the Humphrey program will be to help them in gaining computer skills, especially online and social media. It will also help them to have a voice like the rest of the world, and to participate in information sharing. I have so far attended classes that will help them to reach this goal and I am eager to learn more.
I’m Andreza Andrade from Brazil, I’m a journalist with focus in environment causes and Indigenous rights issues. For several years, I have been working in a Socio Environment Organization as a communication advisor. Throughout of my 10 years living and working as journalist in Amazon Rainforest I have gotten an unique experience in work with Indigenous People and understand in the first hand what are the needs for that important region. Currently, I’m improving my multi media skills in order to be a specialist in New Media. I strong believe that my knowledge and skills will help me achieve my mission that is to help maintain the integrity of the Amazon Rainforest, as well to help the empowerment and recognition of the traditional cultures that live there, such as the Indigenous People.
Hi (insert name) – I’m Jessica Von Schell, a recent graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism andMass Communication at Arizona State University, it’s a pleasure to meet you. My background is primarily in public relations and organizational communications.
Through five professional internships and a variety of academic courses I have mastered the art of communications writing and my body of work has supported the successful development of online web content, social media strategies and public relations campaigns for companies like the Phoenix Suns and the Flinn Foundation.
I am passionate about animals, hiking and anything public relations related! I am positive that my breadth of experience can support your organization’s mission and vision and produce metric-driven results. If you are ever looking for apublic relations or communications specialist, please do not hesitate to contact me. Here is my business card.[cid:ii_1352d37c52f9a5d8]
My name is Jessica Choi and I am a student at Arizona State University pursuing a degree in journalism and mass communication, with an emphasis in public relations. I am sufficient in using content management systems such as WordPress and can effectively communicate through a variety of social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter. I also have a background in film and media studies, which include movie promotion and marketing as well as special event planning, management and execution. My goal is to get an M.B.A. from the University of Washington’s School of Business and to someday either become a top public relations executive at a major movie studio or to own and operate a public relations firm in Los Angeles.
I’ve learned from my time at ASU that I have a genuine passion for writing, problem solving and learning. When I graduate in May 2013 from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Barrett, the Honors College, I want to practice public relations in the fashion industry. I belong in PR because I am patient, yet ambitious, trend setting, yet adaptable, a listener, yet a networker and I have an imagination to work creatively. My background includes working as the head social media producer for a women’s health and lifestyle company and representing the Fiesta Bowl organization as a Queen and Court member. Both of these positions have prepared me for taking on large responsibilities, working with all kinds of people and speaking effectively. I am always seeking more experience to learn more about public relations while also exploring what I can offer to the field.
I’m Justin Beatty and I am a 20-year-old student pursuing a masters in journalism. I love documentary film and I love storytelling. I spent 3 months of my junior year producing a documentary as part of one of my college classes. It nearly killed me, but it was the most rewarding experience of my life. Having that under my belt, my goal is to get a M.A. in social documentation from UC Santa Cruz in its competitive SocDoc program. I want to combine my experience in video production and my journalism background to examine and critique society through the stories of real people.
Hello, My name is Kelsea Wasung. I am pursuing my master’s and bachelor’s degrees in journalism with an emphasis in broadcast at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I am currently a producer for NewsWatch, Cronkite’s award-winning student broadcast. I have interned with Fox 5 San Diego and Know99, a government-run television station in Phoenix that focuses on stories about youth and education. The stories I filmed for Know99 aired every night. I was invited to Germany last summer where I met with media and government officials to discuss the differences between German and U.S. journalism. My goal as a journalist is to make a positive difference by reporting on issues that have the potential to change lives for the better. I am also interested in business reporting to help keep corporations honest and help people make informed decisions about their finances. I want to help restore trust in journalists by participating in truthful, accurate, clear, transparent, objective, and meaningful reporting.
My name is Goran Rizaov, and I am a business journalist with more than 6 years of experience in the finest daily newspaper in Macedonia. The years of practical work have made me think of making good journalism as of making love. You just forget about the fear of death while you’re doing it.
Currently I’m going through a Professional Development Year fellowship at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. The school’s outstanding professors and students are helping me learn advanced Computer Assisted reporting, data analysis, and Online media skills. I believe this knowledge will help me make a recognized contribution in the efforts to make my country and the whole region of South East Europe a more decent place for it’s citizens.
I strongly believe that not a single elected official or influential company has the right for wrongdoing in order to get higher profits or stay on power. That’s why I try to use all available platforms to tell stories that scratch the surface and dig deeper in every important matter for society. I prefer to tell the people what they need to know instead of what they want to know.