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COLUMN: Hello from the new reporter

Hi there, my name is Ethan Seaborn and I am excited to announce that I am one of the new summer interns for the Airdrie City View and Rocky View Weekly.

Considering my interest in politics, sports, travel, and people, journalism has provided me the opportunity to explore avenues I never thought I would.

Hi there, my name is Ethan Seaborn and I am excited to announce that I am one of the new summer interns for the Airdrie City View and Rocky View Weekly. I am looking forward to sharing the important stories that encompass the vibrant communities within this region for the next five months.

My family moved from Ontario to Lethbridge, Alta. when I was two years old. I am the youngest of five children, which made for a wild but fulfilling childhood. Growing up in Lethbridge, I was able to explore my interests and make meaningful lifelong connections that have influenced the person I am today.

I remember the first time I became interested in storytelling. I was 10 years old, sitting around the Christmas tree with my family, ready to open gifts. I found a present with my name under the tree and tore the wrapping paper off. Inside was a new video camera. I immediately opened the box and began filming the events of the day.

That early passion to tell stories and capture events has not left me. My parents, family, and friends encouraged me to explore my creative side throughout my life. By adulthood, this creativity sparked an interest to explore the world of journalism.

Prior to attending Mount Royal University for a degree in Journalism and Digital Media, I went to school for Early Childhood Education. I worked with children for roughly seven years and loved the creative, youthful, and energetic nature they presented. But as I continued through my career as an early childhood educator, I began to feel like my life needed a change.

I began exploring options for different programs at multiple universities. I stumbled upon the journalism at Mount Royal University and felt an instant connection to what the school was offering. 

I moved up to Calgary the following year – right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a stressful and difficult time given the circumstances, but I was determined to make it work. Three years later, I am preparing to head into my final year of school, ready to explore more of the world and share important stories that impact everyday people. 

As I look at my future self and where I want to be, I hope to combine my love of travel and storytelling to bring awareness to important global issues. I have travelled throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and Mexico, finding it a fulfilling way to learn about the lives of those outside my circle and push me out of my comfort zone.

I am thrilled to have the chance to learn more about Airdrie, Rocky View County, and the other communities I’ll be reporting on throughout the summer. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share your stories and explore my passions. 

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