Deciding that graduate studies in literature was a bit esoteric, I went for the practical route to professional poverty: journalism. At least an internal sense of sastifaction allows my pride to prevail over the fact that my roomate will be making three times my salary when we're both done with graduate school.
Living in Paris, with its crossroads mix of cultures from old French colonies in Arabic northern Africa, sub-Sahara Africa, the Middle East and Asia, cemented my hopes of one day becoming a foreign correspondent so that I may share with readers a sense of another culture.
Though technology is now really changing the very definition of news and how it is presented, I still view news in an old-fashioned sense, I suppose: I'm a writer and prefer good writing, and I like as much depth as possible. Anything less is insufficient and leaves people uninformed in my view. And I think many newspapers today have ceded their one attribute -- depth and exposition -- in an effort to keep up graphically. Hopefully the internet will give newspapers a chance to merge these competing priorities.
A few links to some of my favorite media outlets:
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