Let’s Change the Narrative About Mass Shootings in America

We need to do something about gun violence. This week, a student opened fire in a high school outside of Portland, Oregon, killing one student and injuring a teacher. It would be shocking enough if the Oregon tragedy was an isolated outburst of violence, but it isn’t. It’s the fourth multiple shooting in the UnitedContinue reading “Let’s Change the Narrative About Mass Shootings in America”

The Secret of the Masters

For regular readers of this blog, what I’m about to write is going to seem strange. Last week, I wrote about not feeling qualified to give writing advice. Today, I’m going to give some writing advice. Let’s roll with it. How do you get to be really good at something? Not just average; more thanContinue reading “The Secret of the Masters”

The Journalist I Could’ve Been

I haven’t set foot in a newsroom in years. These days, I research my foreign policy articles at Starbucks while sipping on chai. I studied Journalism and Political Science in college and served for a time as the Opinion Editor of the campus newspaper — not exactly on the front lines of breaking news. IContinue reading “The Journalist I Could’ve Been”

Speed and the Inverted Pyramid

My fingers are not happy with me. I’m racing against time and turkey to finish a week’s worth of freelance articles by Wednesday night. In pursuit of my goal, I’ve written four articles in the past two days — and I’m already working on the fifth. Normally, I wouldn’t rush a project, but with the holidayContinue reading “Speed and the Inverted Pyramid”

Is the NSA Spying on Me?

I was just starting to write freelance articles on foreign affairs and conflict areas when the full scope of the NSA’s domestic spying program came to light. We learned that the government is tapping into smartphone data, breaking online encryption and gathering data from emails, phone calls and financial transactions. The NSA effectively has allContinue reading “Is the NSA Spying on Me?”

Fears of a First-Time Freelancer

The last few days have been tense. I’ve been checking my email and PayPal account obsessively. You see, last week I wrote a freelance article for a new website and after a few days of not hearing from the editor, I was starting to worry that I wasn’t going to get paid. For every storyContinue reading “Fears of a First-Time Freelancer”

Stop the Presses: Is This The End of the Daily Newspaper?

This fall, New Orleans will become the largest American city without a daily newspaper. After 175 years, the venerable Times-Picayune will lay off a portion of its staff, move to a web-focused news model and print only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. It marks the end of an era. Over the last decade, economic andContinue reading “Stop the Presses: Is This The End of the Daily Newspaper?”

Navajo Entrepreneurs Struggle to Rebound from Recession

Wind whips along U.S. Route 160, a two-lane rural highway that stretches like an obsidian necklace across the sandstone hills and valleys of the Navajo Nation. Sand blows from one dusty shoulder to the other in long trails that twist and wriggle like ethereal snakes. A row of plywood booths is strung out from theContinue reading “Navajo Entrepreneurs Struggle to Rebound from Recession”

Leupp’s Famous Onion Rings

You can see Leupp from miles around, where it’s perched on a small plateau overlooking the high desert. Surrounding the town are dozens of small houses, each spread over several acres. Cows look up from grazing on small patches of yellowed wild grass to watch my car speed down the rough, two lane road leadingContinue reading “Leupp’s Famous Onion Rings”