Lorie Ann Cascaro
Lorie Ann Cascaro
Hong Kong Baptist University
MA in International Journalism Studies
Senior Copy Editor for Hinrich Foundation Manila
Class of 2015
“The scholarship is an opportunity for me to advance my career in journalism and take part of a bigger cause in promoting peace through sustainable global trade.”
Read my story here
My first thought when I learned I was awarded this scholarship
When I learned that I got the scholarship to study Master of Arts in International Journalism Studies at HKBU, I reaffirmed my commitment to become a proficient journalist and a servant of the people.
Why I’m interested in trade
I adhere to the idea that the economy dictates the political and cultural structures of a society. Therefore, the transformation of the world relies on the shift of economic perspective.
The international experiences I’m most looking forward to
The experiences I’m looking forward to include learning about how journalism is being practiced in different countries, especially in Asia and how the ASEAN economic integration will affect the dynamics of global trade or if it ever will.
What I’ll bring to my dorm to remind me of home
I only brought a journal from home where I will continue to write my reflections during such a new phase of living abroad.
My favorite hobbies and other interests
I’m passionate about music and books. In fact, I brought my ukelele in Hong Kong to master playing it and to start making friends through music. Being able to read all the books in the university library for free is one of the perks for being a student again.
My proudest achievement so far in life
Being awarded with a scholarship to study abroad in a course that I desire the most has been my long-time dream. I’m proud that I’ve been living that dream now.
The largest obstacle I’ve overcome so far in life
The largest obstacle I’ve overcome so far is being able to finish college by my own efforts. During my last two years in college, I was able to get a hundred percent discount in tuition while I was earning a full salary in a call center. It was tough, but I survived it.
My future goals and aspirations
My future goals include working as an international journalist covering Asia. I’ve always wanted to become an instrument in helping people make informed decisions through my skills and passion in journalism.
How I plan to give back and help others
Dedicating my time, talent and skills in performing duties that bring greater impacts and affecting as many societies as possible.
By being aware and well-educated, people can be empowered to make informed decisions that will lead them to a better quality of living. This, I believe is the foundation of peace, when there is economic justice among all sectors of the society. I want to take part in the process of achieving peace. And journalism is my tool. Thus , being a part of the master’s program in international journalism studies in Hong Kong Baptist University is a means to achieve this goal. By employing all the skills that I can learn and enhance in the program, I can be more effective in my profession and create a bigger impact on the lives of the people.
Story about Lorie Cascaro
I easily talk to strangers and befriend them. For instance, I met an Indian guy, who owns an international software company based in the United States, at the Sky Train station in Bangkok last year. After 15 minutes of conversation, we became friends. Now, we are exchanging emails, discussing about world politics and events.
With so many friends I met during my travels, I had realized that I have my way to people’s trust. Gaining people’s trust is my best asset for journalism. In my four years as a journalist, I had gathered contacts from different sectors that gave me an advantage in presenting different sides of a story.
I’m always interested in stories of people from different walks of life. I am a good listener to anyone who wants to share their experiences to me. How people get on with their lives despite poverty and injustice moves me that every time I heard this kind of stories, I wanted to write about them.
I saw the need for media to inform the public about how the administration has continuously deprived the basic sectors of their rights to education, health and other social services. Allowing different voices on issues to be heard, the media has a significant role in shaping public opinions and causing social change.
That’s why I decided to take up a master’s degree in international journalism studies. Thanks to Hinrich Foundation, I got a chance to study in Hong Kong Baptist University, which is the pioneering school of journalism in Hong Kong. My experiences in doing academic tasks and helping the foundation in its activities here will be valuable in my personal and career growth as a journalist.
I love working as a journalist because I get to know many people and visit different places every now and then. Office routines sometimes bore me. That’s why during holidays, I might be somewhere else mountain climbing, cycling or surfing at the beach.