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06 April, 2015

Am I a reporter?

I was recently asked by a new colleague about my past reporting experiences. 

Here is a brief reply to the question: "Am I a reporter?"

In the words of Michael Cooke, I am a "Fully-trained" journalist.

In the words of John Cruickshank, "I have the best eye in the newsroom."

I completed my journalism studies in 1990 at Eastern Illinois University in the US. 

When I was a student photo reporter, I worked as a photo stringer for UPI and AP. The wire services even gave me an LD photo transmitter to file photos while I was a student. 
My pictures appeared in newspapers across the U.S.

Those were my first reporting experiences. I also wrote for the school paper and was the editor for a magazine before graduating with a degree in journalism.  

My first job was as a graphics reporter for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. I was promoted to an editor job after six months after producing the prototype of a new magazine aimed at 20-somethings.

Since then, I have worked as a visual editor, newsroom manager and led teams of investigative reporters and visual journalists in several newsrooms in Chicago. 

I was editing the front page when I left the Chicago Sun-Times in 2005. 

I have produced documentaries in Egypt, I have interviewed 30 editors-in-chief over the last several years for the "Breaking The News" project.

I have written the book on mobile journalism, authored journalism curriculum and taught at the Medill School of Journalism as a practicing professional. 

I designed the mobile training and workflows for one the largest broadcasters in the world. I also trained their reporters in Moscow, Bishkek, Tbilisi, and Prague.

To my mind, there has not been a time since 1986 when I was not reporting in one form or another.