I received this email on 17 January 2011. I have decided, with Dinara’s permission, to publish it in full because I find it uplifting. Dinara Dultaeva was a 2010 festival volunteer who came to Perugia from Tashkent in Uzbekistan. She will return to the festival this year.
I believe you remember me as an Uzbekistani volunteer at the International Journalism Festival last year. I was delighted to read your mention about me on the Festival’s web-page story “On a personal note”.
I should admit that volunteering at the IJF10 became inspiring experience for me and later that year I was accepted to Cardiff University Journalism School. I am doing my master’s degree here with the financial support of Foreign and Commonwealth Office as I won Chevening Scholarship from the British Council. I am very grateful to the Festival, where I’ve got encouragement and passion to pursue a professional career in international journalism, meeting leading experts in the field and taking part in organizational process.
I was wondering if I can take part in the Festival this year? I can be volunteer again and I can also make a presentation about my experience with the Festival and how it changed my life. I can take part in some of the panels on social media, blogging (as I am active blogger now), tabloidization of press in the UK (my recent coursework in Cardiff), coverage of royalty in the UK (another coursework) or some other topic on this year’s agenda.
I will be happy to be of any help and meet your wonderful team again.
Looking forward to hear from you.
Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies