Aug 29

“The best parts of you, the parts that will be remembered, usually have nothing to do with your job. You should give your job your best, but don’t make the best part of you your job.” —

If You Lose Your Job, Remember This | LinkedIn

Put this on the list of things for me to re-read daily.

Aug 28

You’re pretty, LA. #nofilter via Instagram

You’re pretty, LA. #nofilter via Instagram

“From July of his sophomore year in college until the following January, all Tsukuru Tazaki could think about was dying.” —

The Mystery of Murakami - Nathaniel Rich - The Atlantic

He is indeed a weird writer, but I love Murakami nonetheless. Writers that can create a sense of place and character, no matter their weird style of writing, are my favorites.

A year after I started teaching, I’ve become legit and got an ID. via Instagram

A year after I started teaching, I’ve become legit and got an ID. via Instagram

Aug 25

“"I said, ‘Hi,’ " Knight replied. Other than that single syllable, he insisted, he had not spoken with or touched another human being, until this night, for twenty-seven years.” — The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit

Aug 22

“Set deep in the Piney Woods, Huntsville—which is home to no fewer than five prisons—is a company town whose primary industry is confinement.” —

This story is really good, but this. This sentence. A town with 5 prisons. That’s chilling.

The Witness | Texas Monthly

Aug 12


Aug 08

Anonymous said: Hi Kim! Sorry if this is coming from nowhere, but I'm an aspiring journalist -- I found your blog through Twitter where I follow many journalists for learning and inspiration. What advice would you give to someone who is passionate about journalism, but who is also scared of the seemingly unstable nature of it? My ultimate goal is to become a journalist, but I am also living on my own and need to pay bills. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Learn to pitch. Really really well.

Chances are, no matter if you end up with a FT job or not, you’ll have to freelance. The key to freelancing (and really the key to being a good beat reporter) is pitching. The only way to really learn is to pitch, a lot. Pitch stories to people, to publishers, to your friends. Get good at selling people on the hook and angle. It’ll help you no matter where you go.

Besides that, you have to ride the wave of change. Things will never be stable in journalism. If it’s not a scandal, it’s the business. It’s if not business, it’s a new platform. Something will always be new and that is the best part of this job, if you don’t let it weigh you down. If you’re the kind of person who wants monotony and for things to be very structured, this isn’t the field for you. If you want to do cool, random, new things and learn every day, then you’ll succeed. 

Hope that helps!

Jul 30


Jun 11

“Honestly, what we’re doing is hard to explain: We’re not a news site, but we’ll cover the news, often, and in provocative and playful ways. We’re not another longform publisher, but we’re going to be publishing a lot of longform. We’re not going to be Wikipedia-broad, but we’re not going to be niche either. We’ll jump in big on the stories and issues from across the globe we actually care about, and think you care about too, and we’ll skip the rest. We’re sort of a magazine for a generation who grew up not caring about magazines.” —


This stuck with me. In all the effort we make to cover the day-to-day news. sometimes the stories that are “evergreen” are the ones that stick with us most.