Author Archives: Alex Fitzpatrick

About Alex Fitzpatrick

Alex Fitzpatrick is Homepage Editor for, also covering technology, policy and cybersecurity. He previously covered politics and policy for Mashable. Fitzpatrick has a degree in International Relations from the State University of New York at Geneseo, where he also served as News Director and Station Manager for the campus radio station, 89.3 WGSU. Follow Fitzpatrick on Twitter at @AlexJamesFitz or email him at

Going to College for Journalism? Read These Six Tips

It’s nearly September, and a fresh batch of undergraduates are entering college — some with dreams of becoming journalists. While there are signs of life in the hiring prospects for new journalists, student journalists still need to do everything they … Continue reading

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Does the Internet Have a Political Ideology?

When Internet users rallied to defend their much-loved network from the dual threats of SOPA and PIPA, Washington took notice. The newly formed Internet Defense League and the hot-off-the-presses Declaration of Internet Freedom have gotten participation from several members of … Continue reading

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Is Reddit a Journalist?

A piece by Slate writer Farhad Manjoo made waves this week for exposing the secret behind Buzzfeed’s viral success: repackaging content from online communities such as Reddit in a way that’s easier to consume and appealing to a broader audience. … Continue reading

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Experimenting With a New Direction

I’ll be using my WordPress account for creative writing, longer thought-pieces and photo galleries from here on out. I’m resurrecting my Tumblr for the more-than-daily short, punchy thoughts about digital politics and tech policy.¬† Let’s see how this goes – … Continue reading

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I’m Growing a Playoff Beard! (It’s for the Kids)

The playoff beard is a time-honored hockey tradition. Once the regular season ends, no player is allowed to even think about touching a razor until they hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup or get knocked out of contention (probably because their beards … Continue reading

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I Killed a Mouse

I killed a mouse last night. Or, more accurately, I set up a trap filled with delicious peanut butter that, in turn, killed the mouse. I’ve been thinking about it all day. It wasn’t very Buddhist of me, but I’m … Continue reading

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Wandering Around New York: The High Line

The High Line is a much-hyped urban transformation project. Once a derelict overhead railway, it’s being transformed into an elevated park and public space.

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