For me, the correspondence between jounalism and fiction is strong, because reality is like the most intricately constructed fiction imaginable. With this heightened self-awareness, modern journalism inherits from fiction an engaging, narrative form.

I have selected four stories that I think provide an accurate cross-section of my reporting interests and of my world. The first is about the efforts of migrant workers in Florida to unionize. Their organizers made a plea to students at New College in '99 for solidarity. They also demonstrated against Mt. Olive and Taco Bell.

Next, I present my first-hand experience of being on an airplane on the morning of September 11, 2001. The New College student publication was good enough to publish my account even though I had already graduated. Needless to say, it is a day I will never forget.

To introduce a little levity into the mix, I have included my Halloween article about a local parapsychologist. I have always been intrigued by the unknown. Dr. Andrew Nichols provides some insight into the spectral realm, though he doubts any connection to the afterlife. He also recommends haunts in-and-around G-ville.

Finally, the Machine Intelligence Lab at UF is in the process of developing Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs): six-inch and smaller airplanes that could have potential applications to everything from biological agent detection to urban reconnaissance, to surveillance. A potential thesis topic for me.


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