I am a journalism grad student at UW-Madison with a special interest in humanitarian news. I lived in Kyrgyzstan from 2008-2010, where I taught English as a Peace Corps Volunteer – if you’re ever interested in hearing more about Kyrgyzstan, I love reminiscing! I’ll seize any opportunity to travel, try new food, enter a 5k, or orchestrate a reunion with friends and family. In spite of warnings that the future of journalism is “uncertain,” nothing makes more sense to me than declaring myself a journalist.
Human Interest Beat:
As a concerned global citizen, I find myself struggling to digest daily reports of conflict, intolerance, and repression that saturate the news. While I continue to bear witness to such humanitarian issues, ways to play a constructive role are not always clear.
In an effort to engage with the media, this blog exists to explore alternative perspectives, facilitate discussion, feature solution-oriented stories, and recognize sound journalistic practices. Writing is my vehicle for social change and I invite you to join me in raising awareness to inspire compassion and action.
I want to devote attention to the rights of LGBT people, because this is still very much a human rights issues in the U.S. It’s easy to get caught up in humanitarian issues that exist in other countries, but there is room for introspection as well.
In the spirit of raising cultural awareness, I would also like to share stories of my time spent in Kyrgyzstan. For me, essay writing is a fun way to digest cross-cultural experiences that have influenced my global perspective. More importantly, it’s a chance for me to pay those nuggets of cultural insight forward in a way that is both positive and relatable. Feel free to offer your feedback and interject with rich travel anecdotes of your own.
Here’s a link to the blog I kept while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer: http://erinluabroad.blogspot.com/