My first extended trip abroad was to AddisAbaba, Ethiopia as part of a fellowship at Unity College to teach journalism basics to undergraduate juniors, seniors and adults at night. As Isat on the plane bracing for the 20-hour flight, I couldn't help but be eagerfor the new things I was about to experience culturally. I was alsoexcited to think about all of the things in America I was leaving behind.
Lately it seemed one couldn't escape news of celebrityadoptions, Madonna’s latest religious obsession, J-Lo on constant radiorotation, or political sensationalism in presidential elections, whetherit was in radio, television, or movies. However I soon foundout that I was sadly mistaken if I thought I was going to free myself fromeverything "American" the first Friday that I went out to anightclub. I was surprised to hear all of the aforementioned topics incasual conversation.
Yet as the summer wore on, my original dismay wasreplaced by fondness as homesickness set in. It was trulyimpressive to see how the youth in Ethiopia knew so many details, word for wordof American music, entertainment, politics, and social behavior. Theywould ask questions almost incessantly about what was new and newsworthy,and I found a way to connect with people because of the commonground.
The question of "what is hot rightnow?" will always be asked, and as I found out, just about anywhere in theworld. Having lived in Philadelphia, Boston, New York and SanFrancisco have helped me to look for new social trends that affect the way welive. The newest changes in how we connect digitally have made thiseven more important, no matter what field you work in.
I am interested in a position with yourcompany because it would allow me the opportunity to help generate contentbased on this premise. I think I wouldbe a good fit for your staff because I could combine my journalism researchskills, with cultural issues and trends that would be beneficial to yourcompany.