Onward to NPR

Posted Monday, February 7, 2011 at 9:48 p.m. by Chris Amico in Self-Indulgence about jobs and journalism

I've been holding off writing this post. It is, for a number of reasons, a hard one to write. Maybe it shouldn't be--but it is.

Wednesday is my last day at the NewsHour. Two years and a week ago I moved across the country with a backpack for a job I was recruited for in a tweet. Since then, I've worked on projects than reshaped how I think about journalism and changed the way I call myself a journalist.

There were other, smaller projects along the way, many of which simply taught me to learn from failure and keep good notes.

I'll be carrying all of that with me when I start at NPR next week, where I'll be helping build a platform for reporters around the country covering public policy at the state level. That project is Impact of Government.

Two years ago I couldn't set up a web server or build a RESTful API or do much of anything in javascript. I wasn't much of a CAR guy in the traditional sense (I'm probably still not). I had a vague sense that I liked programming in the context of journalism, but I mostly thought of coding as my wood carving (something relaxing and mostly harmless) after long days freelancing in the emptying newsrooms of the Bay Area. Then someone hired me as a carpenter.

This is all a long way of saying thanks to everyone at the NewsHour. I'll do my best to live up to what I've learned.


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