My name is Jaret Holden, and I am pursuing a major in science and agricultural journalism, with a minor in business and political science at MU. I grew up in the little town of Birch Tree, Missouri, about three hours south of Columbia. The town epitomizes the meaning of the old saying, “blink and you’ll miss it,” with its size, but is, interestingly enough, the hometown of two former Missouri governors.
I was raised on a beef cattle farm and learned the value of hard work from an early age. This was cultivated in high school when I joined FFA. When I first started, I was a shy freshman but grew to become a chapter officer, an area officer and eventually the Area XIII State Vice President for the Missouri FFA Association.
My parents were both teachers, so through them I developed a passion for writing early on. My emphasis in journalism does lean toward broadcasting, however, and has for several years. I started my own internet radio station when I was 17, and reached listeners in nearly every country. I became the youngest sportscaster in Missouri history when I was hired to cover high school basketball games for the Ozark Radio Network. This was such a neat opportunity for me to grow as a professional and network with peers around the state.
I am excited to be writing for Corner Post this semester, because it will give me more insight into a medium I haven’t truly explored. All journalistic mediums are important to study, so journalists can maintain a level of objective credibility when conveying the news. I hope to develop more fully as a writer and gain experience that will help guide me in whatever pursuits that my future holds.