why i’m moving to Budapest

I In a few weeks, I will be packing two suitcases, boarding a plane, and moving to Budapest. Here's why: I want to be able to speak to my grandfather. He's 92 years old, and I've never learned enough Hungarian to hold a real conversation with him. So, I'll be enrolled in a one-year intensive …

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“objects have lives. they are witness to things.”

There's an episode of This American Life that I've listened to three times now. It originally aired in 2001, but the first time I heard it was as I was driving to meet friends for dinner, probably in 2012. I was so engrossed by the story that I sat in my car in the restaurant's …

one year later

A year ago, a graduate student at the University of Missouri began a hunger strike. He told me about it. I broke the story. Soon it was national news. Anniversaries are a time when people reflect. I could write that post, reflecting on what it was like to report on a man who stopped eating. What it was …

juxtaposition

"In her 1977 collection of essays, 'On Photography,' Susan Sontag identified a feeling of helpless voyeurism that comes over us as we look at photographs of people in the midst of conflict. She also wrote about how repeatedly seeing such images could anesthetize the vision and deaden the conscience. Sontag understood photographs of conflict to …

scribbles//shame

Just returned from the NICAR Conference in Atlanta (or the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, for those of you who have normal lives and aren't data nerds). It was wonderful. I learned more in a weekend than I could in a month. I got to meet (and drink with!) some incredible journalists. New friendships abounded, old …