I’ve recently come to the realization that ever since I was a child, I have been pursuing a path that has led me to an umbrella of Anthropology, Journalism, And Ethics. I would always point out to my father when he was knowingly or unknowingly telling the opposite of the truth (I got in trouble once for calling him a liar, but I didn’t know how to sugar coat it). I would always ask “why”? I’d study people. I’d be the devil’s advocate. I’d look at a situation from different perspectives. Wonder what influenced it. Wonder if there were other stories just like it.
I mention anthropology as an influence with only one anthropology course under my belt. I mention journalism with no journalism classes. Having read no books on how to be a journalist. Ethics and I are more familiar with each other. I think viewing ethics with an anthropological view can be something special.
Here’s an interview with Ted Conover. He is a journalist who majored in anthropology during undergrad. He draws from his knowledge of ethnographic research and delves into his subject matter with a viewpoint of a journalist and anthropologist.
As I said, I don’t know much about what I’m passionate about. I just know that I want to know more. I just know that if I do not expose myself to and learn more about this interest, I will never know what my ultimate purpose is. I’ve always wondered what my craft was. What was my song, my instrument, my dance? Hopefully I find answers.
- The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
- New New Journalism by Tom Wolfe
- Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing by Ted Conover
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
- The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
- In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction edited by Lee Gutkind
- Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writer’s Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University
- Journalism and ethics in a blogging world (believeanyway.wordpress.com)
- Newsroom Diversity: A Casualty of Journalism’s Financial Crisis (tolufalae.wordpress.com)
- Journalism is an Act, Not a Profession (salem-news.com)