Saturday, January 24, 2009

Checking the Journalist's Ego

Being in D.C. for the Inauguration last weekend was a gratifying experience, personally and professionally. It was exciting to see my home of five years transformed into a destination for over a million people. Despite being the seat of power for one of the world's richest and strongest countries, the place is sometimes a bit sleepy-eyed. It really came alive this past weekend though.

Professionally, it was a chance for exercising those writing muscles. I churned out a number of pieces and sent them along to editors at NYU, and they wound up being published in a number of places. At the same time, it was a reminder to check the journalistic ego. Often, the finding of stories is not about a journalist's great instinct, but just the luck of the journalist placing herself where the story is happening. We are but chroniclers.

Being in the right place at the right time resulted in the following appearances for my pieces:

  • The Orange County Register: Cold, crowds and lack of cash dampen inaugural tourism
  • The Monetization of Obama [SLIDESHOW]
  • The New Black (an online magazine): Second Thoughts on Obama's Inauguration
  • Epoch Times: Second Thoughts [PDF]
  • WNYC: Inauguration Prep
  • Pavement Pieces: Various articles
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