Jennifer Shotwell
Hosting Francosonic radio on WRIR 97.3 FM

Hosting Francosonic radio on WRIR 97.3 FM

What’s in a name?

Since my last name is Shotwell, I believe my family's ancestors had remarkably good aim.

I live up to the tradition, because I focus on finding just the right words to maximize the impact of my writing, speaking,
and promotional multimedia work. My target audience’s interests and motivations come first.

Here are some of my own passions and pet projects:

- Broadcasting and presenting (on my radio show , for voice overs, and in training others)
- Playing lead roles in “Lettice & Lovage” and in a 48 Hour Film Festival short (viewable upon request)
- Speaking, interpreting, and translating French
- Decorating cakes as a creative outlet and to get my sugar fix. Life is short - lick the beaters!

Surrounded by the inspiring children's stories my students created and I edited, hours before sharing 100 books with children in Haiti.

Surrounded by the inspiring children's stories my students created and I edited, hours before sharing 100 books with children in Haiti.

Languages as a "secret code"

As a former French teacher and lifelong learner, I compare learning a second language to cracking a secret code. Once you know the code, it can help you create deep connections with people in ways that Google Translate just can’t. If you swore off language learning in high school or college, I say give it another go! It's incredibly gratifying, given the right context and commitment.

Fluency in French has helped me develop enduring friendships in Europe, Haiti, and Africa. My Little French Books project led to incredible opportunities for my students and for me, both locally and internationally. Through this project I worked with various humanitarian organizations, which taught me more about non-profits' needs and the concept of social entrepreneurship as a force for good in the world. Language acquisition may not be the key to saving humanity, but it certainly builds bridges!