In an earlier life, I worked as a qualitative researcher and ethnographer for 15 years. So those research training and interviewing skills serve me well now as a journalist.
Over the years, I have been a blogger for The New York Times, a columnist for the South China Morning Post, a TedX speaker, and an author.
And oh, about that last thing – one of the reviews for my book, Everything you wanted to know about freelance journalism (but didn’t know whom to ask), called it “a bible for freelance writers everywhere.”
However, I have not let any of this interfere with my education. Mark Twain would approve.