Wait... where are you from and where you're based?
I'm from a very small village in the Czech Republic, but I moved to New York for grad school and stayed here for work.
Have you always wanted to be a journalist?
No! I grew up wanting to be a math teacher. Probably that's why I love explanatory journalism targeted at younger audiences and work in a media literacy nonprofit on the side.
What is your favorite story you've worked on so far?
It may surprise you but I'm a geek when it comes to anything AI-related. And in my last semester of grad school, I got to write a feature about an exhibition in the metaverse and the possible future of arts in digital space in general. It was my first time trying out metaverse and I won't shut up about it!
What's your main focus in journalism?
Although photography is my passion, my main background is in audience engagement - anything from designing social visuals to writing newsletters.
What do you do when you're not 'journaling?'
I'm either City Biking through New York while listening to podcasts, planning my next trip, or working on a Czech media literacy textbook. Oh... and complaining about the bad quality of coffee and beer in the U.S.
What three books would you recommend to anyone?
The Power of Powerless by Vaclav Havel, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff and Caste by Isabel Wilkerson.