Voice Essay

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<p style=”text-indent:0in;line-height:200%”><b>Question 1</b></p>
<p style=”margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent: 0in;line-height:200%”>I am a journalism major and feminism minor student from Japan at the University of Colorado Boulder. It took me a lot of courage to start an Independent Study this semester.</p>
<p style=”margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent: 42.0pt;line-height:200%”>For this Independent Study, I am writing a knowledge-based journalism article about female entrepreneurs in Boulder, CO, especially how Boulder has an extremely high rate of female entrepreneurs. I had been thinking of the project throughout last winter break, but I was skeptical about my ability to carry on this Independent Study. However, I wanted to do something special in my senior year, and Boulder has fostered me for two years with the &lsquo;Give First&rsquo; spirit, so I wanted to give back the community with my journalistic skill. I am interning at a local newspaper called Boulder Weekly, so I decided to work on feminism issue in the Boulder&rsquo;s entrepreneurial community. To gain a better understanding of the topic, I asked several Women&rsquo;s and Gender Study professors for supervision only to be directed to journalism professors. Therefore, I went to several journalism professors and eventually, Dr. Kodas accepted my request. I did not even know what the focus of the article is because I had to research the matter first.</p>
<p style=”margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent: 42.0pt;line-height:200%”>I attended business meetups and visited professors to ask for resources. I interviewed every female entrepreneur who accepted my request and read books about entrepreneurship. At first, it was very difficult for me to introduce myself and send emails to business people due to lack of experience. I could not get any interview appointments, but gradually through networking, I started getting interviews. At one point, Dr. Kodas told me to narrow down the research further. Therefore, I began to reach out interviewees, seeking for diverse samples selectively. Later, when I started writing an article, I became very skeptical of the journalistic objectivity because I believe there&rsquo;s no real objectivity. Therefore, I tried to employ the style of feminism research papers, which is more self-critical and empathetic.</p>
<p style=”margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent: 42.0pt;line-height:200%”>As a result, the Independent Study teaches me how to conduct an investigative journalism by myself. I remember I was too fearful even to reach out to professors. As I network with people and ask for favors, I shed off the hesitance I used to have. I pitched, researched, interviewed and analyzed the information to narrow down the topic. On the contrary to the trend of following popular topics, I conducted the study locally specifically to add fresh knowledge to the community. I learned to communicate effectively and clarify my objectives. I eventually realized that professors turned me down because they could not comprehend my research objective. I explained to each entrepreneur what I specifically wanted to ask. My future goal is to be a journalist who understands and writes about the community&rsquo;s interest. The Independent Study gave me an in-depth reporting skill to engage in this profession and confidence to carry on a complicated project to reach my future goal.</p>
<p style=”margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent: 0in;line-height:200%”><b>Question 2</b></p>
<p style=”text-indent:0in;line-height:200%”>To collect the online advertisement revenue, US news organizations desperately try to increase the viewership rate due to the consumer flow to the online news. Consequently, they emphasize on shallow attractions. The meaningless contents use up the consumers&rsquo; time and energy and curves down the public trust. I am deeply concerned that the erosion of journalism, the basis of democracy, undermines the societal health, and eager to find a solution to get back the public trust.</p>
<p style=”margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent: 42.0pt;line-height:200%”>From experience of staying in different countries, I learned that people have different realities. Among the various perspectives, it is important to be transparent about the intention of writings to sustain the journalistic neutrality. I always try to be responsible for not only what I write but also how I write.</p>
<p style=”margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent: 42.0pt;line-height:200%”>In an era of globalization, journalists must work in groups to include multiple perspectives in investigating an issue. I knew the importance to compensate with others&rsquo; communication style in foreign cultures. In addition to that, from the experience of the Independent Study, I acquired skills to conduct an investigating journalism from scratch.</p>
<p style=”margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: 200%”>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; To make consumers engage in a long-form reporting, we must sustain the attentions by adding human aspects. I have an empathetic worldview because I experienced the different status in each country. The empathy allows me to see human aspects, the core of storytelling. I am also passionate about combining various media such as 360-degree camera and photography to enhance the power of storytelling. In particular, when news organizations are lacking the revenue to keep a pool of talents, journalists must be multi-taskers who use multiple media to convey the information in the most efficient way. I learned how to use each medium effectively through Digital Journalism course, in which I combined the audio, photos and videos into my projects.</p>
<p style=”text-indent:42.0pt;line-height:200%”>My goal as a journalist is to report on women&rsquo;s issues globally using multiple media and contribute to change in the world. My feminist perspective allows me to subvert the masculinity norm of presenting oneself as the authority and to willingly acknowledge the possibility of my bias. I believe my humble attitude to truth seeking can regain the public trust in journalism.</p>
<p style=”text-indent:42.0pt;line-height:200%”>The American national newspaper puts less emphasis on global news compared to Japanese newspapers. The industry may assume American norm is universal and overlook the whole argument. I believe I can widen the viewpoint of the American news industry by adding a fresh perspective.</p>
<p style=”text-indent:42.0pt;line-height:200%”>It is crucial to develop the journalistic skills to hold the core value of journalism even in this difficult era. The school education is not enough to equip me with the application of journalism in the real world. I am eager to learn how to cooperate with other professionals and to create an in-depth, multimedia content for the public interest through the hands-on training and the real-world experience in VOICE. In turn, I can enrich VOICE by deconstructing the ethnocentrism.</p>

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