Nick Judd interviewing New York State Assemblyman Carl Heastie in the Bronx, 2008.
Journalism was my first career. From 2009 to 2013 I was a reporter and editor at techPresident, a website about technology and politics. There, I led a team of editors, staff writers, and freelancers as we covered the 2010 and 2012 federal elections, Occupy Wall Street, and the growing power of Silicon Valley around the world. From 2007 to 2009 I worked at newspapers in Jersey City and the Bronx. I won numerous awards for my coverage of breaking news, state and city politics, and local government.
When I started graduate school in 2013, I saw myself as taking an extended hiatus from the field. I wanted time away from the industry to absorb new ideas, new methods, and new ways of knowing. Scholars who study journalism have noted that the industry instills a strong sense of professional identity. For many people, that sense of self does not go away, even as the press pass expires and the notebooks gather dust. I am one of those people. I still think of myself as on an extended hiatus — an erstwhile journalist, not a former one.
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Michael Scherer, Please Remember We've Argued Over NSA Spying Since Before Millennials Were a Thing. TechPresident. June 13, 2013.
Ender's Game: The Problem With "The End of History" In Technology Debates. TechPresident. April 29, 2013.
The Guns and Gun Data Debate, Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love the End of Privacy. TechPresident. Jan. 11, 2013.
Meet the newest tech start-up: the Obama campaign. Yahoo News. April 6, 2012.
The fast-paced frenzy of a low-tech Supreme Court. Yahoo News. June 27, 2012.