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Jessie Rowan: Journalism in Costa Rica

Jessie Rowan: Journalism in Costa Rica


(light acoustic guitar music) – I just really like photographing people’s real life, and like to share that with other people. That’s why I chose journalism
in the first place, because I love knowing other cultures and other people and, like, how they live. So my project was specifically on type 1 diabetes in Costa Rica, and the reason I chose it is because I grew up going with my family to Costa Rica every summer, and my brother actually
has type 1 diabetes. He’s had it since he was five. Being in Costa Rica growing up we were always just shocked at how there isn’t much health supplies around. And so I did wonder, because one time my brother really needed more test strips while we were there, and we actually had to drive, like, four or five hours to get them. So I, thankfully, got in contact via Facebook with this type 1 diabetic who’s the same age as
me, Paula Chinchilla. And she is the head of the organization, the only organization in
Costa Rica on type 1 diabetes. I met up with her community
of type 1 diabetics. They’re all from different
areas of the country, so there were rich, there were poor. Through her I connected
with all these other people. They seemed to open up to me more because I know, in a sense, what they’re going through
because of my brother. Whereas I think if I didn’t know about it and I just researched it online it would be completely different. So, yes I will continue
and I hope to continue to go back there and cover this issue. Beforehand I was like, “Oh
maybe I’ll go into advertising.” Maybe just use journalism in that way, but now having traveled, and having reported abroad, I really do want to go
that route in journalism. (acoustic guitar music)

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