Welcome to my blog about media, storytelling, and my new life as journalist in New York. Until a few months ago, I was an economic consultant in San Francisco. Now, I'm an M.S. student at Columbia Journalism School, where I'm also Speakers Director for the Society of Professional Journalists and a Scholar at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation.
This blog is largely a space for reflections on journalism -- its evolution, its many-splendid layers, its place in media writ large -- though my interests in economics, politics, and technology will also stray in. I'll tell personal stories and more than a few dumb jokes as well. For all my friends and family back on the Best Coast, this blog might be a good way to learn what I'm up to here on the Beast Coast. And, for the most part, I'll draft posts on my phone during my daily subway commute on the 1 train.
Since I regularly pitch and write stories anyway, I worry that writing a personal blog may end up spreading me even thinner. Honestly though, I actually think it will free me to write more. As I've become more aware of having an audience, I've also become more hesitant to write for fear of that work falling short of my expectations.
Perfectionism can be poisonous to writing, so I'm opening up this space to allow for knowingly imperfect writing. These are blog posts. They will mostly be short, off-the-cuff, and based in personal opinion. I mention this point because I hold my stories for Medium and elsewhere to a higher editorial standard. Those stories are published content, with all the weight and standards associated with publication. This blog is personal opinion -- hastily written, casually researched, and sparingly edited. Imagine each post as written on my phone during my half-hour 1 train commute from SoHo to 116th Street. That won't always be the case of course, but hopefully the word counts, if nothing else, will reflect that framing.
Thanks for coming along for the ride.