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Naomi Mihara

Bournemouth University, UK

I have developed a deep interest in exploring ways of facilitating social change and communicating ideas, especially in relation to environmental problems and social justice. I am currently studying for an MA in Multimedia Journalism at Bournemouth University, prior to which I worked in the humanitarian and media sectors. I spent a year working in the Philippines and Thailand as a media and communications officer for an intergovernmental organisation, working primarily on the emergency response to Typhoon Haiyan. I also worked on a humanitarian communications project which involved developing ways of getting information to typhoon affected communities. Before this I was an assistant correspondent for several years in the London bureau of Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan's largest newspaper. I graduated from University College London with a Bachelor's in Anthropology in 2008. Following completion of my postgraduate studies I hope to work again in journalism or for an NGO, to focus on my passion of enhancing understanding of social and environmental issues in the developing world. I believe that media, in particular journalism, has the potential to increase people's awareness of and engagement with global problems as well as empower them to work toward solutions, but that it can equally be a negative force within society. I'm interested in looking at how to harness that potential for the common good.