Fellow journalist in recess here! I started off at The Michigan Daily and Benzinga and transitioned to tech (Fetchnotes, Occipital).

Things I miss:

  • The global view you get of the world — constantly I now find myself thinking “What? How did I miss this?” when reading
  • The ability to help others tell a story and give a loudspeaker to causes/issues I cared about
  • The amazing, multi-faceted discussions I had with people in newsrooms.
  • Writing! I don’t get to enough anymore. It truly does make me happy.
  • Working with other writers — I know more about what they do than developers, so it’s easier for me to give feedback from a place of authority and experience

Things I don’t miss:

  • The pay
  • Being forced to write about things — and the fact that it turns something I love, writing, into a chore
  • The cynicism that becomes inevitable when you work in the industry long enough

If you ever want to chat about the transition, give me a holler at alex@alexdschiff.com. I also think about whether or not I want to get back into the game all the time.

Bringing spatial computing to everyday life @Occipital. Prior: co-founder @Fetchnotes, VP @Benzinga, and chief opinionator @michigandaily. Go Blue!

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