Interstate 94 is the highway that is synonymous with any traveling around America’s Upper Midwest. Stretching from the eastern end of Michigan to the middle of Montana, it’ll connect you to any city in the region that tickles your fancy.

Want to visit the Henry Ford Museum outside Detroit? You’ll have to hop on I-94 to get there. Want to enjoy some of the most exquisite pizza Chicago has to offer? I-94 will guide you. Trying to catch the Twins or Brewers? I-94 will have you in Milwaukee and the Twin Cities in no time at all.

It’s an interstate…


The Oxford English Dictionary lists a definition of security as “the state of feeling safe, stable, and free from fear or anxiety.” This definition caught my eye as I was completing a grant application recently, and comes to mind now.

Those who pursue journalism, or for that matter any storytelling or creative endeavor, are not in pursuit of fame or fortune. They do so because they believe they are contributing to the development of modern society, because they believe their work will help people cope better with the world around them.

Yet, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the ability to…


On the first Sunday of 2021, reports began to emerge about a conversation President Trump had with Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

It became that day’s lead story because the news of that call became public two days before runoff elections would be held in Georgia for the state’s two U.S. Senators. There was special interest across the country because the result of those two elections would determine which party would have the majority in the Senate.

Competition was rampant in the newsrooms of America’s national media, including in one newsroom where they worked with a reporter who had…


Ten days from now, revelers usually present at New York’s Times Square, the hub of New Year’s Eve activities, will gather virtually, and toast with gusto the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. As they do, the opportunity to emerge anew from the previous year takes center stage — though this particular New Year, that opportunity has a new meaning, as the world continues to try to work through life in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the course of 2020, a plethora of questions have emerged about how industries work and operate, and journalism is not…


When I awoke from my Sudafed induced Thanksgiving nap, and my sinuses returned from turkeys back into their normal shape, my thoughts turned to trying to play catch up and get a head start on the week ahead during an unfathomable holiday weekend.

The to do list in my mind was not all that long — I’d finally get around to writing this monthly piece so I could meet my self-imposed end of the month deadline, followed by a couple of networking emails. …


I was curious about how a friend of mine was doing, so I decided something that I hadn’t done in a while — I’d sit down and write a letter.

No, not an email — a letter. An actual letter that is stamped and is sent to the recipient through the vast network of the U.S. Postal Service. …


Halfway between Montreal and Toronto lies the town of Picton, Ontario, in Prince Edward County. In 2009, Picton received a visit from Stuart McLean, journalist, author and broadcaster, who came with his crew to tape an episode of The Vinyl Cafe — the program from CBC Radio in Canada that became a staple of some line-ups of American public radio stations.

The episode, “Dave and the Elevator,” featured McLean’s reflection on Main Streets, and spoke of the reinvention that Picton went through, and the resilience of the county’s government seat. …


In journalism, there are six words that guide each story — who, what, when, where, why and how. They are ingrained into every journalist’s psyche, and every journalist knows a story can’t exist without those six words at the forefront of a piece. Yet, there are six more words that have been fully ingrained into journalists’ psyches since the coronavirus public health outbreak began — layoff, furlough, enemy, fake and pay cut.

Those words have become not just part of prominent headlines surrounding American journalism, but also words that make up the circumstances that have impacted journalists, especially in the…


When I started writing this essay, the clock on my computer told me that its a few minutes before 3am. By the time I’ve finished this, it will be Monday morning across the contiguous United States — or what would be construed as a normal Monday, and I’m trying not to hit another wall. I’ve returned to my computer after 3 days where I didn’t really do anything. Yet, at the same time, I felt guilty simply because I didn’t do anything.

In the weeks that we have adjusted to life in the COVID-19 public health outbreak, self-care has been…


Earlier Monday, Michigan became one of several US states in the last few days to announce an executive order declaring that its residents should stay home, that non-essential travel should not go ahead, and one should only go out unless one absolutely has to.

The order, which takes effect at just after midnight local time, is in effect for at least the next 3 weeks.

“This is an unprecedented crisis that requires all of us working together to protect our families and our communities. The most effective way we can slow down the virus is to stay home. I know…

Alex Veeneman

I'm a journalist and a member of SPJ. I’m figuring out my role in journalism while trying to help its future. Any views expressed here are my own.

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