Whether it was my work in newspapers and magazines; my college teaching experiences; my time advising media; my administration of websites and social media; or my time as a journalism instructor and adviser at Eastern Illinois University, I aspire to immerse myself and others in the craft of meaningful, ethical communication. My hope is that we can do the best possible journalism, so people can make the best possible decisions — to the benefit of all.
My endeavors have shown me two unwavering truths:
- Good journalism is more necessary than ever before, as some media have abdicated their fundamental responsibility of truth-telling for the greater good.
- Both adults and young people who do journalism are changed, uplifted, and propelled to be better versions of themselves and ultimately create a better version of our world.
This is the gospel of journalism, and this is the goal to which I strive.