‘I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world’
I wish I could claim the same motivation as magazine publishing pioneer Henry Luce (the founder of TIME, Life, FORTUNE and Sports Illustrated magazines, among others), who uttered the quote above, but I must confess that my motivation to become a journalist was a bit less lofty. I simply loved to write. Combine that with an over-abundant curiosity and less-than-abundant math skills and, well, there you go.
Henry’s was a grand goal, though, and I’d like to think that I’ve been able to get a bit closer to the heart of things through my career as a writer, photographer, designer and corporate communicator.
For the past two decades, I’ve peeked into just about every corner of the communications field. After getting out of school (B.A. Journalism, Texas A&M, 1991), I spent a few years as a feature writer at a daily newspaper, where I tried to capture a sense of the people, places and piney-woods-feel of East Texas. I’ve also worked as a copy editor and as a manager in the corporate communications departments of some of the world’s most respected companies. (Check out my resume in the righthand column.) My work has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world. In short, words and images are my business – and my passion.
If you’d like to get in touch, you can reach me at: jpchurchill at gmail.com or via Twitter @jpchurch.