In my Own Words…my Experience as a USG Alumnus

By Samuel Endale Mengesha,

Program  Director Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC)

I was delighted to be selected to participate in the 2012 U.S. General Election Program for Journalists, which was sponsored by the Foreign Press Center. More than 50 foreign journalists from all over the world participated in the embedded program to cover the historic election between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

The fierce competition between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney was breathtaking. During the program, I was assigned to the beautiful state called Florida, the land famous for Disney. There, I worked with the WMFE 90.7 radio staff in Orlando to cover every development of the election live via Fana Broadcasting Corporate, many times staying up past midnight!

In the WMFE 90.7 newsroom, I learned a lot about the radio business, including their coverage style, their work ethic and the like. The staff and crew were like a family to me and supported me along the way. I gathered a lot of techniques and best practices that I’m using in my work even today. They also had an inquisitive interest to know about me and my country and how we do radio business as well.  They were not only teachers, but wanted to learn from me too.

The real drama and the breathtaking experience in the U.S. election cycle was election night before the final result. The FM 90.7 manager Mark Simpson and I reported live via Skype to an audience in Addis at the U.S. Embassy who were eager to know the results!

I met with First Lady Michele Obama while she campaigned for her husband. In America during election every candidate and campaigner is like an ordinary person who can either be admired or criticized by the media. In the end I saw the winner and the loser of the election – in addition to their respective supporters – accept the results, shake hands in respect, and wish each other good luck.

I had the experience of a lifetime and learned a lot from the U.S. elections and from my fellow foreign journalist friends from all over the world.  Thanks to the U.S.  for creating this opportunity to have this experience which I will remember forever. It’s really unforgettable!

የአሜሪካ የልምድ ልውውጥ ፕሮግራም ትውስታዬ

ሳሙኤል እንዳለ

የፕሮግራም ዳይሬክተር-ፋና ብሮድካስቲንግ ኮርፖሬት

በአሜሪካ ፕሬስ ማዕከል (American Press Center) የገንዘብ ድጋፍ ለጋዜጠኞች በተዘጋጀው እ.ኤ.አ የ2012 አጠቃላይ የምርጫ ፕሮግራም ለጋዜጠኞች (General Election Program for Journalists) ላይ ለመሳተፍ ዕድል በማግኘቴ ተደስቻለሁ፡፡ ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማና ሚት ሮምኒ ለፕሬዚደንትነት ያደረጉትን ታሪካዊ የምረጡኝ ዘመቻ ለመዘገብ ከመላው ዓለም የተውጣጡ ከ50 በላይ ጋዜጠኞች በፕሮግራሙ ተሳታፊ ነበሩ፡፡

ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማና ሚት ሮምኒ ያደረጉት የምረጡኝ ውድድር እጅግ አጓጊ ነበር፡፡ በምርጫው ወቅት እኔ ውብ በሆነችውና በዲዝኒ በምትታወቀው ፍሎሪዳ ግዛት ነበር የተመደብኩት፡፡ እዚያ  የኦርላንዶ ደብልዩ ኤም ኤፍ ኢ 90.7 (WMFE 90.7) ሬድዩ ጣቢያ ባልደረባ ከሆነው ጋዜጠኛ ጋር በመሆን እያንዳንዱን ከምርጫ ጋር የተያያዘ አዲስ ክስተት በቀጥታ ለሬድዮ ፋና አስተላልፍ ነበር፡፡ እንዳንዴም እስከ እኩለሌሊት እናመሽ ነበር፡፡

በደብልዩ ኤም ኤፍ ኢ 90.7 (WMFE 90.7) የዜና ክፍል ባደረኩት ቆይታ፤ ስለሬድዮ ቢዝነስ፣ ስለዘገባ አይነቶች፣ ስለሥራ ሥነ-ምግባርና በመሳሰሉት ጉዳዮች ዙሪያ ሰፊ ትምህርት ቀስሚያለሁ፡፡ በእነሱም በኩል ስለእኔና ስለ ሀገሬ እንዲሁም በኢትዮጵያ የሬድዮ ቢዝነስ እንዴት እንደሚሰራ የማውቅ ከፍተኛ ፍላጎት ነበር፡፡ አስተማሪ ብቻ ሳይሆኑ ከኔም ለመማር ፍልጎት ነበራቸው፡፡

በአሜሪካ የምርጫ ሂደት እጅግ አጓጊውና አስደናቂው የመጨረሻ ውጤት ከመገለጹ በፈት ያለው የምርጫ ምሽት ነው፡፡ እኔና የ90.7 ሬድዮ ጣቢያ ማኔጀር ማርክ ሲምሰን የምርጫውን ውጤት አዲስ አበባ ከሚገኘው የአሜሪካ ኤምባሲ ሆኖ በጉጉት ለሚጠብቀው አድማጭ በስካይፒ አማካንነት በቀጥታ አስተላልፈናል፡፡ ፡፡

ቀዳማይ እመቤት ሚሸል ኦባማን ለባለቤታቸው ቅስቀሳ በሚድረጉበት ወቅት የማግኘት ዕድል አጋጥሞኛል፡፡በአሜሪካ በምርጫ ወቅት እያንዳንዱ ዕጩ ተወዳዳሪ እንደማንኛውም ተራ ዜጋ በመገናኛ ብዙሃን ይሞገሳል ወይም ይተቻል፡፡ በመጨረሻም የምርጫው አሸናፊውንና ተሸናፊውን መመልከት ችያለሁ፡፡ እንዲሁም ደጋፊዎች ውጤቱን በጸጋ ሲቀበሉ፣ በመከባበር እጅ ሲጨባበጡ ፣አንዱ ለሌላው መልካም ዕድል ሲመኝ ተመልክቻለሁ፡፡

ከአሜሪካ ምርጫ መልካም የህይወት ተመክሮ አግኝቻለሁ፤ከተለያዩ የዓለም ክፍሎች ከመጡ የሙያ አቻዎቼም ብዙ ተምሪያለሁ፡፡ ይህን ለዘልዓለም የማስታውሰውን መልካም ዕድል ለፈጠረልኝ አሜሪካም ምስጋና አቀርባለሁ፡፡ በእውነት የማይረሳ ትዝታ ነው፡፡

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