Self-Promotion: My NewYorker.com Story is on the Site’s ‘Most Popular’ List

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I’m delighted that my recent NewYorker.com story, which I mentioned earlier, has made it to the site’s “most popular” list; the piece has been shared one thousand times on Facebook and has been Tweeted sixty times.

The list is visible on the right side of the home page, pictured above.

What I’ve Been up to This Summer

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I’ve had quite a twelve months.

After completing an intensive nine-month master’s in business and economics journalism at Columbia in late May, I embarked on an equally memorable, though shorter, experience: a ten week internship at Bloomberg News‘s headquarters here in New York.

I finished at Bloomberg last Friday. It was a fantastic experience.

This recent BBC video provides a look the Bloomberg HQ as a workplace.

And embedded below — and online here — is an overview of Bloomberg’s operations.

I worked on the Emerging Markets team, assisting with coverage of everything from debt markets in Argentina to global currencies to equities in Mexico.

Here are links and snippets from just a few of the stories I worked on:

China Out of 10 Biggest Stocks as PetroChina Ousted:

Chinese companies have dropped out of the ranks of the world’s 10 biggest stocks by market value for the first time since 2006 amid a cash crunch, slower growth and the biggest U.S. stock rally in a decade.

Give Us Your Real Dollars for Our Fake Dollars: Argentina Credit:

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s wish of being able to print dollars is coming true as the central bank begins issuing dollar-denominated certificates today that trade in pesos.

Slim’s Frisco Surges as Gold Mine Strike Ends: Mexico City Mover:

Minera Frisco SAB, billionaire Carlos Slim’s gold and silver mining company, gained the most in two years after saying the government intervened to help end a strike at its biggest mine.

‘Fragile Five’ currencies unravel as developing economies suffer:

Emerging-market currencies are trailing their peers in advanced economies by the most since 2009 as a global recovery eludes countries from China to Brazil.

While helping out on stories like these was excellent training, perhaps my most instructive experiences came during the interactions I had in the newsroom with some truly top-notch reporters.

The timing of the internship worked well, too: This year at Columbia, I studied corporate finance; financial accounting; the history and future of journalism; computational journalism; and more.

And this summer at Bloomberg, I was able to put what I’d just learned to practical use in a fast-paced, competitive, collaborate environment where news moves the market in real time. In short, it was the perfect way to spend the summer.

So, looking ahead: What’s next for me over the coming twelve months?

Stay tuned.

Self-Promotion: New Story on Freelancing Abroad

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With all of my recent Hurricane Sandy blogging and Twitter curation posts, I neglected to point out a story I wrote last month for Covering Business, a Columbia J-School Web site devoted to business journalism.

The piece is called “Freelancing Abroad: 5 Tips for Business Journalists.”

Enjoy. (And have a look around the rest of the Covering Business site. It’s an excellent resource.)

Self-Promotion: A Chat about All Things Vintage Thailand

Remember my Wall Street Journal story about all things vintage Thailand?

If you’re interested in hearing more on the topic, you can listen to me being interviewed by Terry Travis, host of the Azumano Travel Show (AM 860 KPAM, Portland, Oregon). We chatted not long ago for a segment that ran last weekend.

Click through to listen. The interview lasts just under eight minutes. 

Programming Note: I’m Off to NYC for Nine Months

Some news to share, friends:

Next week I’m leaving Bangkok to spend nine months in New York, where I’ll be pursuing my master’s in journalism at Columbia University.

I’ll be in the MA program, which is designed for experienced journalists to focus, in depth, on one area of study. I’ll be in the business and economics concentration.

As far as posting here at Newley.com is concerned, I’ll likely continue linking — though less frequently — to stories about major news events in Thailand. And I’m sure I’ll be writing about my experiences in New York.

I’ll be returning to Asia in the spring, so Thailand friends: I’ll see you on the flip side. U.S. and NYC pals: I look forward to catching up soon.

Thanks, as ever, for reading. And please stay tuned: I’ve got some long-pending posts in the queue that cover a variety of topics, from blogging to nutrition to Mac geekery.

Self-Promotion: New WSJ Story on All Things Vintage Thailand

I know I said I wouldn’t be posting anything until next week, but I wanted to break my brief radio silence to point out that I have a story online and in the print edition of today’s Wall Street Journal Weekend Journal.

It’s called “Exploring Thailand’s Taste for Nostalgia,” and features some excellent photos by Luke Duggleby. Check it out online here, or grab a copy of today’s WSJ Asia Edition.