I’ve never performed a spoken word poem about journalism in front of journalists before.
Until last weekend.
As a journalist, I believe in the power of storytelling, but I often question whether we produce and effectively measure the impact we aspire to achieve.
Last week I learned I was one of twelve U.S. fellows to be invited to participate in the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford. The news was overwhelming. As I listened to Jim Bettinger over the phone, my face could do nothing but smile. My mind flooded with joy, my heart brimmed with gratitude. Ever […]
Yesterday reminded me of where I was two weeks ago. Burrowed into the corner of my window seat on a cross-country flight watching “You’ve Got Mail.” Yes. The Nora Ephron nineties rom-com starring Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks and AOL dial-up. I was particularly sappy that week so I couldn’t resist. As I was watching the […]
It’s been in the back of my mind for awhile, but I decided to give a five-minute rant lightning talk at this year’s ONA conference about one of my pet peeves in video journalism. The slides don’t offer much context, but my preso was called “Death of the Talking Head.” For those who aren’t familiar with the phrase, “talking heads” […]
It’s something you usually hear from your mom or dad. A phrase loaded with expectation and subtle encouragement, reminding you of where you came from and where you hope to go. “Make me proud,” they’d say. And despite your inner doubts, you would always try. I heard those words at this year’s ONA conference. It […]