The daily press

One of the schools I graduated from, the University of Oregon, ran a piece this morning about my ACS award. Getting interviewed by two student journalists reminded me about what it was like when I was studying journalism, carefully writing questions, screwing up my courage to do an interview, stumbling through the Q&A, piecing together a story.  Now, on the receiving end, I can better appreciate the shortfalls of short-form daily journalism, the bits and pieces selected and quotes shortened to fit, all the stuff that I’ve heard complaints about from just about anyone who’s had a news story written about them. The students here did a fine job; but my need to tell a fuller, more nuanced, more complete story was the main reason I was attracted to writing books rather than daily newspaper stories.