Justin Trombetti

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Expectations

In all honesty, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the beat that we were assigned this year. It was outside my realm of experience and finding a story to tell that would resonate seemed in and of itself to be a somewhat daunting task.

My initial expectation was that there would be a lot of low-hanging fruit, so to speak. That is, a lot of obvious commentary and discussion on the headline-worthy topics that dominate the media today. What I found, though, was quite the opposite.

The beat gave me the opportunity to think about life from a completely different lens and step into the shoes of a subculture that I understand well, but can’t fully empathize with considering my background.

I was never under the impression that the label Hispanic meant that one was grouped into a cohort of intensely similar values or beliefs, but working on the beat really highlighted the philosophical and practical points of diversity within the community. A recurring theme of my interviews was that there’s a constant assumption of homogeneity that can often be invalidating in its own right.

Career Understanding

From a career standpoint, I cemented my belief that journalism is no longer a serious professional pursuit as it once was for me. While it had nothing to do with the beat itself, what I once found invigorating and interesting about the profession became more monotonous than anything.

While I understand that the element of school adds an extra layer to unpack in this conversation, it’s a realization I’ve been coming to for some time, especially in the past several years that I’ve been diving further into marketing.

I love breaking rules with my content and more importantly I love analysis and opinion; beat reporting has a lot less flexibility in these areas. That’s for good reason of course, but I just don’t find that kind of writing enjoyable the way I used to.

Social Awareness

This beat gave me an interesting political perspective. It’s pretty commonly understood at this point that we are living in a very divisive political climate. It would be ignorant to assume this isn’t a struggle in many areas of the world, but still, its recent exacerbation makes it easier to see the problem as uniquely American, or most prevalent within our majority culture.

Especially when digging into things like the term Latinx, I started to see a lot of that same division among American subcultures, as well as internationally. It’s easy to fall into the trap where, because you’re focusing on a single group or school of thought, you start to think one-dimensionally about it. Working on this beat kicked me out of that mentality quite a bit.

ABOUT ME:

Writing has always been at the center of my professional and personal pursuits (as well as a stellar outlet for my sarcastic proclivities). While it was limited to a long-standing creative interest in my earlier years, I found ways to slowly start integrating my passion into a variety of endeavors; I dipped my toes into music journalism, political op-eds, and eventually marketing content and copywriting.

Eventually, the lattermost undertaking stuck and I found myself diving into the digital marketing realm as a full-time career. Further, I ended up knee deep in the beauty industry twice in a row, and haven’t gone back since.

I am soon to be graduating with a Communication B.S. at the University of Utah (the obvious extension of my poli-sci A.S.) and look forward to never cranking out an essay at the 11th hour ever again.

In my personal life, I devote insane amounts of time to travel and music. I’m in an independent band from Utah called Larusso that tours semi-regularly around the western United States, and am constantly second-guessing my song mixes during production.