Why I’m out here, reason No. 1

harleyscreenThere were many reasons why I called it a day in St. Louis and hit the road. Let’s talk about one in particular:

The decline of the American foreign correspondent corps. Sure, the Bigs will continue to pay for top-shelf international journalism. But the papers just a rung or two down on the ladder (indeed, most of the Top 100) should still have bodies in the field across the oceans but don’t, the Post-Dispatch included.

So their readers miss global news. And not just the big international crisis — death, mayhem, flooding, war, locusts, Olympics, genocide, plague — stories. They miss knowing the impact of their local decisions, their local companies, their local products, their local families.

That led to my journalistic model: sell locally focused, international stories to these papers on the cheap. Today, finally, I’ve proven my model, if only once.

After a little more than four months, my byline has appeared again, this time attached to a print and photo package in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about Harley-Davidson’s attempts to enter the Indian market. It’s a business story that allows me to add some depth to the global (sometimes over-hyped) narrative about India as a rising economic power.

Thanks to the many people who were involved, specifically in getting the story printed, and more generally in getting me out chasing my dreams.

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5 Responses to “Why I’m out here, reason No. 1”

  1. Anna Says:
    November 29th, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Yay, yay, yay, yay, yay!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Royal Says:
    November 29th, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Congratulations! Good story, too, brutha.

  3. Mitch Says:
    November 29th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Good going, Adam!

  4. sarah Says:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    way to go, Adam. Great reason to be out there, and great story too. americans often forget there is a worldoutside of their borders.

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