November 2nd, 2021

I was cleaning out my Google Drive recently when I came across a beat memo I’d written for a media company in 2013. Vine had just launched, and I was hoping to get hired as a technology journalist covering the many ways people were leveraging the platform for fame.

It was a topic that I knew intimately. I launched my media career off building an audience on Tumblr in 2009 and was working as a social media director of a global news brand. I was intimately familiar with the ways technology was affecting media and communication and I wanted to cover that critically.  

The response I got from the editor was nice, but what I wanted to write about, he said, did not constitute tech journalism.

Tech journalism, like the tech industry, is constantly evolving. Platforms that entire teams of reporters cover now will be irrelevant in 10 years, and new technologies will become commonplace and require thoughtful, dedicated coverage.