This photo by Matt Low is how I feel right now. I’ve got a new job, and after six weeks I can finally say what it is: I have joined Andy Carvin on his brilliant (so brilliant it is really hard to believe I’m aboard) brand new reported.ly team of social reporting for First Look Media. Andy was really my “remote mentor” for all of the work I started doing on Twitter in 2011 on the Arab Spring, so this would have been unbelievably great even if it wasn’t happening for First Look Media, which, as I have been telling you on air for the biggest part of 2013/2014, is seriously committed to do some pioneering in journalism. But I’m glad it is. And I am so lucky to work side by side with people as experienced and fresh and brave as P. Kim Bui in LA, Malachy Browne in Dublin, Wendy Carrillo in LA and Asteris Masouras in Thessaloniki. We’ll be mostly working online, rotating along time zones, but we’ll also meet up in New York, starting next week. For a clearer idea of what we hope to create, here are our core values, here who we are, and here is Andy’s introduction. On Medium you can also find our personal stories and our team’s diary. I think we all know what a privilege it is in life to have a chance to be where things are truly happening, with the best people by your side to learn from, aligned with values that you deeply share.
When I first started setting up this new version of my blog, at the beginning of the summer of my sabbatical, my projects were completely different. Also, I remember shivering when I read a line in a book saying that for all major changes to happen, some loss was to be expected. Loss arrived, indeed, and it was really painful. The music has stopped for the longest time. Whole worlds got lost.
Everything is new now, and I’m not sure where I am. But I have to say, everything is out of focus now except for the people I love. They are my home. They are the cities. Faces are the maps I’m following.
PS just in, my story on how I got to reportedly….