Destination Chicago

Welcome to my rebooted travel blog!

If you’re joining me for the first time, welcome. Please read my “About Me” section and check out my previous posts all about my awesome study abroad experience in Helsinki, Finland and the Nordic countries.

I originally created this blog right before I left for my study abroad in January 2015. At the time, a friend and colleague of mine was working with several students who were heading abroad to create travel blogs to generate content for our website and travel magazine at Truman State. I was happy to take part in the project, as I wanted to learn more about blogging; it would also make a great addition to my portfolio, and it was a good excuse to keep a detailed and creative account of what I did during my time in Finland.

I enjoyed writing my blog immensely, partly because I now have all the posts to look back on for my own sake, and also because I created something that I can proudly show to future employers. Perhaps most importantly, it was a great way to share my experiences and reflections not only with my family and friends, but with everyone. It’s my hope that my writing made a positive impact on those who read it, and that my readers found what I wrote valuable. I put a lot into building the Finn Journalist brand, and I’ve decided to keep it going in order to chronicle my ongoing adventures.

I arrived back in my home state of Missouri at the beginning of June. After a fun-filled and relaxing few weeks enjoying some quality time with my family and friends at home, it’s time to move on to my next big adventure– a summer internship with a TV production company.


Travel Film Productions is helmed by an old family friend, Tricia Fusilero, who generously offered to have me as an intern this summer near Chicago, IL. At university I study journalism, and I’m particularly interested in broadcast media, which includes mainly television, radio, and digital video. These forms of media obviously involve researching, interviewing, and writing skills. Beyond that, I very much enjoy the technical side of broadcast media– filming and editing and post production. At Travel Film Productions I’ll be given the chance to exercise all these skills and doubtless develop new ones as well. Like nearly every student my age, I’m still learning and figuring out what exactly I would like to pursue after graduation, but I’m leaning towards something to do with video production at this point. This experience should give me a good idea as to whether this might be the kind of company I’d like to work for in the future.


The company produces a travel show called “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly,” which reaches over 90% of  American households on PBS. My specific duties during the month I’ll be here will include overhauling the show’s YouTube channel to attract more subscribers, assisting with post-production and a PSA shoot for State Farm, and filming and editing a series of “travel tip” videos as well as a series of product reviews. Beyond that, I should be able to observe and/or assist in almost any aspect of the daily operations of Travel Film Productions.

I couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come! At the time of this writing I’ve been working for three days, and already I’ve finished filming two videos, and should be finished producing them soon. Everyone has been very pleasant and welcoming and the days have been flying by. Stay tuned for updates as I continue to dig deeper into my internship!

Of course, it’s not all work and no play– I’ve gotten to visit the downtown several times and I’m looking forward to Independence Day weekend coming soon. Who knows…maybe a post all about Chicago sightseeing is in this blog’s future!

Thanks for reading. I hope you’ll continue to follow me here on the Finn Journalist!


About Jonah McKeown
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