Why I became a journalist

History seems to be at a crossroads. As the world transitions from half a century of American hegemony to a brave new multipolar world, we find ourselves threatened by global climate change, rising inequalities and tense geopolitical standoffs in Korea, Ukraine and the South China Sea.

Meanwhile the population of the Middle East is stuck between Iraq and a hard place, and the rest of the world grows more afraid, torn between the desire to offer refuge and the fear of leaving the door open to terrorists.

Populist leaders in the United States, Turkey, the Philippines and throughout Europe take advantage of the chaos, turning confusion into anger and men against one another. Patiently they wait as the electorate grows ripe for the picking; the harvest looms ever closer.

Aldous Huxley warned of the danger entertainment could pose for democracy. In perhaps the greatest irony of our time, the Internet – our most abundant source of knowledge – is distracting many from the evolving state of the world.

The next generation will know a world vastly different from our own and, for better or worse, journalism has a role to play in shaping tomorrow. The press isn’t perfect, but it’s the one we have, and I refuse to cynically scorn it for its faults.

Because, for all my faults, I refuse to be a passive player. My pen may not save the world today, nor might it tomorrow, but I beat on against the current, inching towards an unknown future.

About me

Currently the Editor-in-Chief of business intelligence firm World Investment News, I was previously Video Producer & Multimedia Editor at That’s Beijing.

My interest in technology drew me to multimedia journalism, and my inclination towards independence motivates me to be polyvalent; audio, video, photo or writing, I  adopt the form best suited to the story.

Having been raised overseas (born in the US, lived in the Middle East, studied in France and worked in China and Spain) I was always interested in the subtle cultural differences in thought-process and worldview from one people to another.

Moving around as often as I have sometimes enables people to build great social skills, the ability to quickly make new friends. In my case, the result was an embrace of self-reliance and mild misanthropy. Instead of making new friends when changing country, I learned to do with relationships few and far between – and without the heartbreak of losing them.

I was raised in a scientific family and long thought I would become an engineer or a biologist. But after graduating from high school with a major in physics and studying IT engineering at ESIEA in Paris for a year, I transitioned to international business at Ipag Business School. Still, my interests ranged too wide to fully dedicate myself to either of those fields.

That’s when the journalism bug bit me. I started writing for music websites French Metal and Radio Metal, got a Master’s degree in media management from Ipag Business School and a diploma from the London School of Journalism, before transitioning to hard news. Since then, I’ve produced content for Harvard Business Review through World Investment News, for That’s Beijing, Vice.com and Radio France in China, as well as for Nice Matin, The Riviera Times and Kiss FM in the south of France and Monaco.

I’m fascinated by all topics related to geopolitics, religious sectarianism, economics, and the environment, as well as education and technology which may be some of our best hopes in order to steer society in the right direction. In the future, I plan to continue reporting on the challenges, potential and opportunities of developing economies.