I’ve been lagging on the whole blog thing. In fact, sometimes I forget that it’s OK to share my latest life events with you guys. And for those who don’t know me, well, perhaps this outlet will let you make acquaintance with my more personal side. Here’s hoping that this post starts a trend of more to come. Now, before I dive into what’s been going on, I do want to discuss something serious.
Like many of my University of Oregon peers, I was deeply saddened when I heard about Professor Tom Wheeler’s passing. I deeply regret that I never took one of his classes, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have an impact on me. Everyone in Allen Hall knew Tom in some way, shape, or form. For me, Professor Wheeler frequently made guest appearances in other classes that I took. That was just the kind of person he was. It seemed to me that he wanted to share knowledge with every student who walked into the School of Journalism. And wow, did his personality shine.
All I can say is that I always found his guest lectures gripping. Even though music wasn’t really my thing, I was very fond of his anecdotes about music journalism. Today, I own a record player, and I’m starting to collect different albums. Tom had a way of planting seeds, so you could try something new. Again, I’m saddened that I didn’t get to know Professor Wheeler better, but I felt that it was appropriate to emphasize that his influence was felt everywhere. You will be missed, Tom.
Thanks to the support from Professor Wheeler and others, I continue to tell stories today. I’m sure most of my peers will agree with me when I say that journalism is rarely easy. And yes, it’s been quite a journey.
A lot can change in two years. It seems like yesterday I was celebrating graduation with my friends at the University of Oregon. Since then, I had the wonderful opportunity of completing the Snowden Internship in Baker City, Oregon. Personally, I think Jayson Jacoby and I were a perfect match as editor and reporter. Today, the Baker City Herald leads the way in showing what local journalism is all about.
That internship led to a full-time position at The Observer, and while that was a valuable experience, I eventually made my way back to my old stomping ground in Beaverton, Oregon. And yes, it’s true, I joined the dark side of the marketing world at Kai USA. But that’s OK. I still got to tell stories about the knife industry through copywriting. And it sure paid off, because starting this year, I have an even more exciting opportunity.
The Kai Group owns Kai FACT Magazine, a travel and lifestyle publication based in Japan. My coworkers and I thought this was a perfect match with my background in journalism. And what do you know? I get to combine my passion for travel writing and the knife industry through Kai FACT. Full disclosure: it’s not journalism in its absolute purest form (it’s partly advertising). But in the end, storytelling is the forefront of this new endeavor, and I plan to give it my all. I’ll be sure to upload stories to this website as they’re released.
Phew. That’s a brief look at what’s been happening. What sort of content should I keep on this blog? Feel free to comment with any ideas of what you’d like to see. Personally, I’d like to profile journalists who have influenced me. But these wouldn’t be puff pieces. This series would take a critical look at the successes and failures of journalists who are overlooked. Some of them are even a little controversial. Let me know what you think. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you again next time.