Featured journalist: Stephen Shankland
Today we are delighted to name as our featured journalist Stephen Shankland, a senior writer with CNET who's based in beautiful Paris. There, Shankland's job is to "dig into the details of important new technology then explain what's going on."
Shankland first embarked on his career in journalism in 1992 as a science writer at the daily newspaper The Los Alamos Monitor, before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998 to cover the budding computer industry for CNET. Shankland writes that he became a journalist because, simply: "I love to learn, and I love to teach." Since that fateful day, he's been the beat reporter for Google, Linux, and servers, and right now focuses on browsers and Web technology. His subspecialties also include the the European tech scene in Europe, the business and technology of digital photography, and world industry standards. In addition, Shankland covers science and technology developments, as well as writes reviews and opinion pieces. A Swiss army knife of the journalism tech world!
In his own words, journalism "really is the first draft of history, only nowadays, it's more like the zeroth draft of history." As for aspiring journalists, he had this advice: "Start your own blog and write, write, write. When taking notes during an interview, flag the hot quotes as they go by."
For those interested in reading his work, check out his Muck Rack portfolio here, which includes the great read "How Google's robo-cars mean the end of driving as we know it." And for any PR professionals interested in pitching him a story that's in line with his beats, be sure to do it in the morning (Europe time)!