During the last 12 months, I published over 500 stories (plus produced 11 podcasts) on tech, innovation, startups, and education in the Chicago area.
It’s been a crazy year.
Moving at the pace of digital journalism has been a challenge, but mostly offers endless opportunities. When you’re working at a site looking to establish itself in a traditional journalism market like Chicago, you have to be quick, nimble, and most of all experimental. What’s the freshest angle? Who can you cover that’s being ignored by everyone else? How can you tell a story beyond a 500-word profile?
We’re still figuring it out, but every month we tell fascinating and tough stories that I believe will be truly important to understanding how Chicago’s innovation ecosystem was formed, built, perhaps almost lost, and ultimately grown.
I feel like I’ve improved significantly as a writer and reporter, but also realized how much work goes into building a beat, cultivating sources, and taking extra efforts to find perspectives that round out the public conversation. There’s so much more to be done. And I’m thankful to have a place that lets me find ways to experiment and better my storytelling.
Here’s a look at some of my favorite stories from the past year (click title for link)