Anthropology + Journalism + Justice. Story of my life.

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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.

It’s gotten me looking more into Creative Nonfiction, New NewJournalism, Nonfiction Novel.

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.

To Read:

  • 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
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