I believe that Sharing America is an impressive news outlet whose inclusivity and goal of diversity I deeply admire. Since graduating with a journalism degree, it has been my goal to use my writing for subjects that I feel strongly and passionately about, and I believe this job could offer me that opportunity.
As per the job listing, one story that I believe aligns with my definition of diversity would be coverage on St. Louis's unofficial Chinatown, or the incredible diverse community at the intersection of Olive Boulevard and 170. This community not only houses a large portion of St. Louis's Chinese population, but also reflects Jamaican, Ugandan, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese influences. Within the past year, University City officials have been in discussion with Novus Development to build a Costco-anchored development center in this area, possible displacing not only staple businesses and restaurants in this area, but could also displace the families that own and run these businesses. Another interested aspect of this story is the history of St. Louis's Chinese population already being displaced once, with the building of Busch Stadium. I think this is a history of the stadium that many people don't know about.
For me, a very important part of diversity includes the narrative of LQBTQ+ individuals. A friend of mine recently shared their experience of trying to get hired as an openly transgendered and non-binary individual in the education field. Their story had a happy ending of being hired at a school where they are accepted and encouraged to share their identity with the children. I believe narrating not only the struggle of transgendered individuals entering fields like these, but also the success and insight that having these individuals in these fields can provide for the teaching environment, would be worth further exploration.
I can be reached at 618-948-5541 or [email protected]
Thank you for your consideration,