Erin Boe is an aspiring journalist. She is currently a student in Langara College’s journalism program. Her experience includes being a RView youth reporter with The Richmond Review for several years and the beat reporter for the City of Richmond for her class in the fall of 2014. She interned at The Richmond Review newspaper in April-May 2015, before the paper shut down that July . She is 22 years old and has high-functioning autism.
“Don’t get me wrong,” says Erin. “I appear like any normal young adult. My case is so mild, it’s borderline, in my opinion. Many people don’t even realize I’m autistic until I tell them. In fact, being autistic—and being a youth journalist—has opened doors that I never would have discovered.”
She is revealing this fact in her blog because she wants to be honest and upfront with her audience.
Not only does she like to write, she enjoyed singing in the Vancouver’s Sing City Show Choir. She also loves reading Japanese manga and watching anime and surfing the internet. In September 2014, she joined the Langara kendo club.
Her dream career is to be a print journalist working at the Richmond Review, the place where her journalism career began. However, her back-up plan is to work public relations with the BC Easter Seals society as a way of giving back to the organization responsible for many wonderful memories. A second backup plan is to work public relations with the Rick Hansen Foundation.
Erin hopes that through this blog, originally started as a class assignment (Introduction to Online Journalism), she can use it as a portfolio for future job prospectives. She is looking forward to growing as a journalist, and to getting to know her audience.