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So Long for Now

BY Nick Judd | Friday, August 2 2013

Today will be my last day at techPresident, and among my last days, for now, in New York City. After taking some time off in August, I plan to begin studies this fall at the University of Chicago. I've been accepted into the university's graduate program in sociology.

When I joined Personal Democracy Media just a few short years ago, I was an early refugee from print media looking to try out the online world's different ways of working.

I got exactly what I bargained for: if techPresident has been anything, it's sure been different.

I've had the chance here to cover the 2012 presidential campaign, 2010 midterm elections, Occupy Wall Street and a mix of political and technological change in cities from San Francisco to Boston. I've also had the opportunity to work with many brilliant and talented people. I'm grateful to Micah Sifry, my editor, and Andrew Rasiej, techPresident's publisher, for giving me that chance. And I'm grateful to them for their support of my decision to move on.

Spending time in a place like PDM's Soho row-house office, working across from someone like Micah and with the team like the one at techPresident, a guy can get some pretty big ideas about what kinds of questions he might be able to figure out, given enough time and the right tools. (A guy can also hear enough stories that begin, "Back when I was working at The Nation ..." to last him a lifetime.) Those ideas can become so big, in fact, that he can talk himself into trying to get a Ph.D in the process.

That's more or less what's happened to me. This does mean I'm leaving New York and ending my brief six-year streak as an editor and staff writer. But it does not mean that I'm giving up on journalism forever or even putting my reporter's notebook on a high shelf. You will see my byline again, I hope, before too long.

Other writers making their way over the Hudson and into Real America have made a habit of giving New York and its literary and journalistic circles an extended, sentimental paean as they leave. For every writer who leaves Brooklyn, a dozen more will take his place; I don't think a city that seems to have as many literary magazines as it does people will miss whatever I might have to add.

But thanks again, as always, for reading. I'll see you around the Internet. And, until then — so long.