My name is Toma Volozhanina, and I am a Russian student of International Affairs and Communications at John Cabot University in Rome. Traveling is my great passion, second only to my love of writing. A combination of these things is something that makes every day worth living. I believe that every place is unique, and I always try to reckon why. The purpose of this travel blog created for COM 221, Spring 2017 class with professor Christopher Livesay , is to discover what makes people in the cities I’ve visited happy. Every post is focused on a particular city. I roam the streets, look around, discover cultural features and then identify ingredients which, in my opinion, have to be in mix if happiness is to put down roots and blossom. The fact that I have grown up and continue to live in a multicultural environment has taught me to appreciate and respect the amazing heterogeneity of our world, being on the constant lookout for rare cultural features, exclusive details and striking phenomena.
Logline: Happiness Destinations Podcast discovers the reasons behind the Parisians’ delight and gets you to feel the pulse of the City of Dreams, providing a live interview, a review and an editorial.
Treatment: Happiness Destinations Podcast consists of three segments. First, the podcast features a live interview with Zoé, a random Parisian chosen on the street, asking her to explain what makes her happy. Secondly, its special guest, Viktor Sobra Delseny, a JCU student who has apartments in Paris, reviews Foire du Trône, traditional spring funfair that brightens everyday reality of the locals and fosters families’ unity. Finally, the podcast discusses valuable implications of a new photo exhibition ‘Fatherhood without cliches’ organized by Institute Suedois, highlighting its role in tackling social stereotypes regarding ‘home husbands’.
The deliberate use of music stimulates imagination and creates necessary atmosphere.
Logline: A press kit created by an influential blogger co-organizing Well Over Fifty Festival to promote Jeffrey D. Sachs’ lecture on declining American happiness taking place within this festival in Budva and get coverage by The New York Times.
Treatment: This press kit starts with a cover letter written by an influential blogger co-organizing Well Over Fifty Festival and is addressed to The New York Times Foreign Affairs’ editor. It aims to promote Jeffrey D. Sachs’ lecture on declining American happiness at Hotel Slovenska Plaža in Budva, Montenegro. A press release serves as a helpful summary of the event, a background information and additional information sheets provide a deeper insight into the topic while an explanation paper discusses the aims and the strategies applied.