Reporter: Purevsuren Munkhuu
Eleonora Nowel: 54 years old, job is Boston Public Library.
Natalie Nowel: 16 years old, school is Boston Latin, class is 11.
Hello, good evening
Eleonora: Hi, thank you
What are some of the news events you and your family have talked about in the past month?
Eleonora:We talk about Gadhafi who was killed October 20,2011. Me and my son Vitaly discussed.
What are two or three of the most important news events that have happened during your life?
Eleonora: Perestroika in 1985 was the most important news event that happened in my life. It change life so much, we began to hear news, which was forbidden before, and read forbidden books. Another happy event happened in 1992, when Boris Eltsyn made a new law, that people can go to other countries if they want to. That year we left to go to America.
Tell about a time when you remember your parents talking about a news event?
Natalie: September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Politics in America are really interesting and complicated.
Eleonora: When I was 16, my grandma told me about Revolution in 1917, how people suffered.
What do you think about journalism?
Eleonora: Journalism is the most interesting important job. It is about telling people true events, what happens and where. Sometimes it is dangerous.
In your opinion, what are the strengths and weaknesses of journalism in Boston? In the USA?
Natalie: Strengths: democracy, lots of sources. Weakness: controlled by Bush not during war.
What effects does journalism have on voting patterns in Boston and in the USA?
Natalie: The way news tells us about candidates affects who we vote for.Journalism is very important for letting us know about the world outside of the home, what goes on around US. It gives us opinions.
What made you decide to host a Mongolian student?
Eleonora: My daughter Natalie went to Mongolia this summer. When she came back, she was so happy and excited. Natalie told me how unbelievably friendly Mongolian kids are. ” You can’t imagine how friendly Mongolian kids are” she repeated over and over. So, when the opportunity came, I asked to be a host family for a Mongolian student.
What do you think about Mongolian students before you met us and now? Is there any difference?
Eleonora: I never met Mongolia people before. I had no idea what they like, or how they behave. Now, after a group of Mongolian students visited Boston, I know so much about Mongolia and its people. I enjoyed so much talking with students. It makes me so happy to see how goodhearted Mongolian students are and well behaved.
Please, feel free to tell something in additional?
Eleonora: I’m so glad that my daughter Natalie visited Mongolia, and I’m so glad that group of Mongolian students came to Boston, I wish I’ll visit Mongolia too. I want to see desert Gobi, sacred lake Sharga Nur, and I would live in ger with family, and try camel’s milk.
Thank you very much. Good luck.
Natalie: Thank you.
1. Hello, Please Introduce about you and your family?
My family is my mother and I. We are hard working individuals. We spend our days working hard to achieve our goals. My mother achieves her goal to provide for me to have a stable living. I work to achieve my goal by going to school everyday to get the education that I need to fulfill my goal of going to college one day.
2. To know journalism, are there any tips you can tell me about as I am trying to learn about news media in the United States?
A tip I can tell you is read magazines. My favorite magazine is TIME. I enjoy reading the world news and it also gives news that is happening in the U.S. Also, watching the news is very helpful to enhance your skill in journalism, learning about the world.
3. How do you get the news now?
I get the news by watching the news channel every morning. I read TIME magazines to learn about the things that are happening the world, to be globally aware. Also, I sometimes hear the radio whenever I am in the car.
4. Were there any news events that happened in your life time?
The biggest news event that happened in my lifetime is the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Also, referred to as 9/11. I was about 6 years old when the nation was struck. I was very young to know what had happened. As years went by, I was able to understand more about the attack as I grew older and learned about it in school.
5. Were there any news events that you and your family had talked about in the past month?
A news event my mother and I talked about in the past month was the earthquake/tsunami that struck Japan. I know that it happened in March, but it was a tragic event that I would never forget. Japan is my favorite country that I would love to explore one day. That fact that this had to happen, it brought back memories about the day that I saw what happened to the nation.
6. Can you tell me, in your opinion; are the strengths and weaknesses of journalism in Boston? In the USA?
Reading and analyzing the Metro newspaper is a great source to know about journalism in Boston. It gives the news about things that are happening in Boston. A weakness I would say is not keeping up with the world around you. Not being aware of what is happening in your daily life, it would be hard for you to not write about the things that happened. And for the U.S., is reading TIME Magazine. Like I said before, being globally aware will enhance your knowledge about what is happening in the world today to analyze the events that occurred. A weakness would be not reading TIME and not know what is happening in your world.
7. Please tell me about things that I do not know about the news media in Boston?
The news media in Boston is always on point with the things that are occurring in Boston. For example, FOX 25. I enjoy watching FOX 25 because I get the news about the day that occurred.
8. Are there any well-rounded colleges/universities in Boston that major in journalism?
There are plenty universities to choose from that major in Journalism. There are Emerson, Northeastern, Boston University, UMASS Boston, Boston College. There are a lot out there. You just got to choose which college is best for you.
9. Which journalism piece do you like most?
TIME hands down I enjoy reading it ever since I took AP English Language and Composition and began reading it ever since school started and it is awesome. You should try TIME Magazine Asia.
On October 22, 2011, a group of Mongolian Leadership students came to a land of democracy. On October 24, 2011, we visited WBUR Radio Station in Boston, MA. NPR has 3 radio station, WBUR radio station is one of these. The first news was announced in 1970. Now there are about 100-125 people are working, and this radio station is worked by people’s charity. And also some company sponsors them, but they never advertise about this company.
It works about 24 hours. In 6 hours 5 activities runs which are most useful and interesting, In other time other activity or news runs. Most Mongolian says that this radio station is same as Mongolian, But there is only one in Mongolia. What I am trying to say is That America is already developed country. The Mongolian radio station’s money totally comes from government , but in the usa only 1% comes from the government. Almost all American have 3 radio and 95% of people have TV, It says that how people are getting news is getting much better than before. Most American people spend their time getting news.
By Erdenesuvd Batjargal
Mongolia is “a very exotic place,” she said my host mother, Marcia Hannon.
Talking about what made her and her family decide to host a Mongolian student, she said, “We have heard about Chinggis Khaan since we were little.
“Some day we would like to go there. We thought it would be fun to meet someone from Mongolia.”
She went on to describe some family traditions.
“In autumn, our family loves to go to an apple orchard to pick lots of fresh apples and get cider and donuts,” she said.
“For many weeks, we have lots of apple sauce, pies and apple crisp.
“In the winter, we make lots of Christmas cookies and give most of them to friends and family as presents.
“We always have end-of-school-year performances to attend in the spring. In the summer we travel.”
She said that when she was a teenager hergot news from the newspapers (printed , not on a computer) or the television nightly news .
“Now we get the news from the newspapers , internet , radio, magazines and sometimes TV,” she said.
Citing important news events that happened during her lifetime, she mentioned the assassination of President Kennedy .
“I was 7 years old playing with my friend when I heard about it,” she recalled.
“Another event was 9/11 and the destruction of the world Trade center. I had just dropped Isabel off at school,” she said, referring to my host student.
“My father talked about the Vietnam war occasionally and how foolish the war was.”
In the past month, events the family has discussed include the killing of Khadafy, and Occupy Boston, she said.
To learn more about journalism, my host mother suggested that I “try to read and listen to as many different news organizations as possible and pay attention to how they are financially supported.
“The news is more superficial now,’ she said, “so I would read some articles. Then read a book .”
By Undram Jadamba
To be a good journalist, one should be persistent, said Zenaida Butler, my host mother.
“Always work hard and never give up,” she said. “Follow your dreams.”
She followed that advice, got her education and achieved her highest goal, which was to become a nurse.
My host father, Bill Butler, is a computer programmer. He said he grew up in a small town in New York state.
“I spent most of my time working on a dairy farm,” he said. “I have two brothers and two sisters. “
To succeed in journalism, I will need to work hard, he said.
“Have a passion to understand the world around you and develop the skills to be able to tell others of what you know, “ he said, wishing me good luck.
My host student Britney said she plans to go on to college and that she is interested in global news. She also said it is important for journalists to separate facts from opinion.
” When you’re writing articles, don’t write by your opinion, ” she advised. “Be truthful.”
By Oyuntulkhuur Battulga
Niamh Flaherty, my host student, attends Boston Latin and took part in the visit to Mongolia last summer.
“My English teacher had us do a journalism course online, and she said there was a trip to Mongolia so I signed up for it,” she said.
Now, Niamh said, she knows more than her friends do about Mongolia, but she is still learning.
“I know that Mongolians like Mutton A LOT,” she said. “I know that most people are Buddhists there. I know that when you are hiking and there is a pile of rocks, you add to the pile and walk around it three times for good luck and a safe trip.
“Mongolia is very pretty in the countryside.
“I think Ulaanbaatar is different than Boston. The driving in Mongolia is much crazier than driving in Boston.”
Talking about Mongolian education, Niamh said schools have 11 grades.
“If you are very smart in Mongolia, you can study two years in one year and graduate earlier,” she said.
“In Mongolia you learn more within 11 years. In America you learn the same in more time (12 years).”
Commenting on important news events in this country, Niamh said she remembers was the 911 attack, which happened when she was in the first grade.
Most recently, she said, her father was talking about power lines going out in Western Massachusetts because of a storm.
Watching the news on television and reading newspapers are good ways to learn how journalism works in this country, she said.
“Reading news about other countries helps you become a better journalist,” she said. “Also, traveling can widen your knowledge of journalism.”
Thanks to Helen Smith, executive director of the New England Scholastic Press Association, for working with the Mongolian students on article writing and interview techniques. The following articles are interviews conducted by the Mongolian students of their host families, edited by Helen Smith. Great job all!
Thanks to Teen Voices for hosting the Mongolian students on Tuesday afternoon! They loved their visit to this organization which publishes a magazine by and for teenage girls.
The Mongolians arrived in Boston on Saturday night and have already had orientation and their first night with their host families. This morning they visited WBUR, Boston’s NPR radio station, and this afternoon they are hearing from journalism professors at Emerson College. They are very excited to be here! Watch for blog articles from them soon reporting on their visits.