I came to MU to be a journalist. I came to Missouri to grow up.
Writing and reading is what I do and love. Since elementary school it’s been my distinction and safe haven. As I grew older, I found that other people’s stories were more important than mine. So I moved to journalism, which brought me halfway across the country to Missouri.
This year I’m the deputy editor of Columbia’s Vox Magazine, focusing specifically on feature stories. I’m here to put together a team of reporters to tell yours.
The idea of becoming a professional journalist in what some call a “flyover state” is antithetical to those who don’t know journalism. They ask me why I chose Columbia, Missouri, over the Columbia University in New York or Northwestern University in Chicago.
It wasn’t because I’m a “country boy.” I’ve been informed that Missouri is not, in fact, the South by locals. Google tells me it’s the South and the Midwest. The city of Columbia feels both apart from and the center of that discussion.
Read the full story at Vox Magazine.