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.
- Patchwork Nation got me thinking about local-national collaborations and frameworks for reporting.
- The Annotated State of the Union brought context to a saturated story and leveraged the NewsHour's core competency.
- That oil ticker taught me to value simple solutions and embrace uncertainty.
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.
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.