About

No matter how fancy I dress up this page with words, ultimately REFLEC/TED is an online journal of a young adult studying journalism. Semi-personal, semi-professional. It reflects ideas, thoughts and emotions that swell up in me as I explore new bits and parts of our world. As a practicing journalist trying to do his part for the people, articles with significant reporting will accompany the personal posts. These will be categorized accordingly, and its content treated seriously and responsibly.

This may be one of a billion ‘blogs,’ but I hope my sincere efforts to report and comment on critical issues can be appreciated. There’s no money involved here, but doing it for free won’t keep me alive forever either. When the days in journalism school have passed, perhaps this online parking spot will continue to live on, and at the same time allow me to move onward to bigger ventures.

A Little Digital History:

The aged look of The Michigan Experience (2005)

The aged look of The Michigan Experience (2005)

The blog first came to existence in April 2005, where it was viewed at michigan-experience.com. That August was to be my inauguration into the U.S education system and I wanted a platform to just share a bit of my life for friends and family back home.

Classier, I had hoped. The banner for 2006

Classier, I had hoped. The banner for 2006

The 2007 banner that had minor changes but stuck to its original theme

The 2007 banner that had minor changes but stuck to its original theme

My time in University of Michigan was well spent. For three whole years the Michigan Experience chronicled almost every step up and step down, and if I (or you) were to read the humble 400 posts in that period, a good illustration of my life can be forged. Of course I’m not asking you to do so, but it’s there for archival purposes at the least.

2008 and Beyond:

Towards the end of my undergrad life at Michigan, my sights became directed at New York City’s Columbia University. Over time, the idea of practising journalism drifted from mere vision to current reality (or nightmare, depending on the way you look). Columbia isn’t Michigan, hence the automatic fade-away of the old web address and its blue and maize theme.

It took a while, but every old dingy post has traveled the cyberspace and settled here, where hopefully it’ll stay for a decent amount of time. Old readers, I’m glad you found my blog again, and thank you for reading. New followers are always, always welcome, and comments please.

Ted Chen
Editor

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