A.J. Feather

Journalist, Developer

I'm a Missouri native currently seeking a dual masters in computer science and journalism from Columbia University in New York City. Every week I also host an awesome podcast called "Integrate" with my friend Mikah, which you can find at Integrate.FM.

Before moving to New York, I obtained undergraduate degrees in journalism and economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In Columbia, I hosted a weekly show called "Talking Politics" for KBIA, the local NPR member station and produced, wrote and anchored video for Newsy.com way too early in the morning.

There has never been a political column I did not enjoy reading or an Apple product I did not enjoy using.

New York - Week 2

This week I started my internship. Living in New York continues to have its challenges, as well as its perks. I’m still not sure I’ve completely come to terms with the not being able to load groceries into a car thing, but I have learned how to navigate the subway pretty well.

As the cliché goes, it’s an exciting place. Every morning on my way to work, I get out of the subway in Times Square. It can be noisy, crowded and dirty, but I try to appreciate passing through a location some people only travel to a few times in their life as tourists.

In class last week we spoke to MU alums who are now writers and producers of online content, including a writer from Etsy, 33 Universal and an editor for Glamour.

Kathleen Lees, a staff writer for 33 Universal, and Anna Moeslein, an Online Assistant Editor for Glamour, talked about each writer turning around 6-8 articles in a day. Online content generation is much different than day-turn stories in a traditional newsroom environment. I have some experience with this style of content production at Newsy, but here in New York, I’m in a traditional-style newsroom day-to-day where a team works on 6-8 stories in a day.

The third participant in the discussion, Taylor Combs, now writes for Etsy. The interesting piece about her job to me was she actually produces content for product creators. Since Etsy is a network of people selling products they have made, she produces content for those sellers. This is a job that would have seemed at least somewhat unimaginable 10 years ago.