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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

[News/Press Article] Daegu's Social Media Foreign Press



I've been holding out on some good news until I could update the post with pictures, but now I am totally ready to say that...

I have been selected to work with Daegu's Social Media Citizen and Foreign Press!


The position is through Daegu's Metropolitan Government, and I am very excited to be involved. This is the press release from their posting, found here. An added bonus? My best friend, Rui, was selected as well! 


On Saturday, they invited us to Daegu's City Hall for a Welcoming Ceremony. Most of it was in Korean, luckily they had a translator available for Asif, the other foreigner, and I. 


They presented us with a letter of commission, stating what we were selected to do and signed by the mayor of Daegu. Here is Rui accepting his!


Just like graduation day, I am trying to multi-task - shake hands and accept the letter at the same time. Only this is Korea, so you add a little bow in on top of everything. It went more smoothly than I expected! Haha.


Then we watched a video about Daegu's goals and progress thus far. It was interesting to hear about the ways Daegu was setting itself apart as a global city, as I had seen many of the featured events already, such as the International Opera Festival and International Body Painting Festival. It also talked about the transportation hub in Daegu, and the ease of access around the country - which I had realized long ago, it was one of the primary reasons I decided to more to Daegu all those months ago - February 2010! I was sad to see the IAAF games featured, since my visit to the US made the timing of the games impossible for me to really appreciate fully! Overall it made me excited for the next year of events.


This is the translator going over key points with Asif.


Links to the pages I will be working with: Facebook and Blogspot


This is the man who runs a company contracted by Daegu to run their social media currently. I wish I could have actually had his speech translated word-for-word, as I think it would have been very enlightening.


Everyone around the desk, there were an array of cameras at this event!


Outside of City Hall, Rui and I posed for a quick picture.


I will be sure to update my blog when my posts are featured on Global Daegu's Blog and Facebook page. Looking forward to a new channel to inform other foreigners about all Daegu has to offer!

For more pictures of the Ceremony, check out this site: link.

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