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Passang Norbu

Hi, I am Passang Norbu. I was born in 1982 in a small town called Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Although raised in Bhutan, I graduated in Commerce from India and joined the National Newspaper Organization ‘Kuensel’ in 2006.

I served as the paper’s correspondent for southern Bhutan, covering politics, economics, youth and sports. I enjoyed traveling and meeting different people while producing articles about the issues and impacts of development and writing profiles about the rural populace and its vanishing traditional practices.

I believe that how well a democracy succeeds depends on how well the media succeeds in Bhutan.

Read Passang Norbu’s thoughts on bridging the digital divide.

Tetona Dunlap

My name is Tetona Dunlap and I am first-year graduate student at the University of Montana’s School of Journalism. I am studying reporting, but have a background in photojournalism. I worked at the Kansas City Star in Kansas City, Mo. for three years as a staff photographer.

Previous to the Star, I freelanced for the Washington Post after completing a summer internship. I received my bachelor’s degree in journalism from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. I am originally from the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming and I am a member of the Eastern Shoshone tribe.

Read Tetona Dunlap’s reflections on the bells and whistles of journalism.

Gillette Vaira

I’m Gillette Vaira, a broadcast journalism graduate student at the University of Montana. Originally from Lambert, Mont., I graduated from Montana State University Billings in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and a minor in International Studies. I have interned with KULR-8 Television and the March of Dimes in Billings, Mont., as well as the National 4-H Council in Washington, D.C. I have reported for Montana Public Radio and National Native News, and I aspire to work as a television news reporter at a national broadcast news network.

Read Gillette Vaira’s thoughts on Cronkite 2.0.

Anne Clausen

My name is Anne Clausen and I am an exchange student from Denmark. I have a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and have studied law for one semester at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. I am now working towards a master’s degree in journalism, doing part of my second year of studies at the University of Montana. I love traveling and have travelled and lived in Canada, France, India and Australia, but I must say, so far, Missoula, Mont., is one of my favorite spots in the world.

Read Anne Clausen’s lessons on how to make journalism a conversation.

Cody Bloomsburg

I’m Cody Bloomsburg, a first-year grad student at the University of Montana. I’m from Lewiston, Idaho and was writing for the Idaho State Journal in Pocatello, Idaho, before coming to Missoula this fall. If this whole journalism gig doesn’t pan out I’ll go back to hanging Sheetrock. If I wear out my shoulders doing that, I’ll just shave my knuckles and go into hand modeling.

Read Cody Bloomsburg’s reflections on how to inform and engage the public.

Brandy Kiger

My name is Brandy Kiger, and I am a first year graduate student at the University of Montana studying photojournalism. Originally from North Carolina, I made the move to Montana in August of 2009. I have both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English from Western Carolina University and a year of teaching high school to my credit. I am passionate about photography and writing and hope to make a career of the two once I am done with school.

Read why Brandy Kiger thinks that audiences are too apathetic.

Neil LaRubbio

My name is Neil LaRubbio. Lifestyle transitions have been so sudden and dramatic that I’ve been left quite gruff around the edges. Three years ago, I taught English to private school children. Then I started plumbing and fighting forest fires. These were both completely different worlds from summering on a 23-foot sailboat with a portable latrine and a cracked hull. Until this autumn when graduate studies began, my battered journals and half-sewn fiction told all the tales. Now, I am streamlined. Wife, dog and journalism.

Read Neil LaRubbio’s take on journalism as an intimate discourse.

Carmen Irish

I’m Carmen Irish and I am a first-year graduate working toward my master’s degree in journalism at the University of Montana in Missoula. Since entering into the program, I have been surrounded by many great people who daily reaffirm my drive and passion for stories. We seem to share an excitement for storytelling. I believe it to be both an honor and privilege to share the stories of people that otherwise might not be heard. I strongly believe in its ability to increase social awareness, and for this reason I am pursuing higher education within the field of journalism.

Read Carmen Irish’s reflections on communicating through networks.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Carla Irish permalink
    November 23, 2009 2:46 pm

    I love this site. I voted for Obama and am still very glad I did. Great photos and great idea!

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