Agency: What motivated you to become a journalist?
Dan: I was looking for a way to be more involved in issues I cared about and wasn’t sure how I could do that. I had just become a father and I knew that for myself, putting my own body and / or freedom on the line wasn’t an option because I couldn’t strap my family with that burden. I had just returned to college and fell in love with writing essays about philosophy and political science.
I eventually pitched one essay about transgender rights to a small blog and they ran it, and it did really well and got a lot of attention. From there I kept sharing essays and articles until I fell in with doing more reporting on current events, rather than just writing my opinion on various topics.
Agency: Do you think anarchism heavily influences your journalism, or do you prefer to keep a separation between work and your activism?
Dan: It certainly does influence how I approach topics, especially when I am writing about the elections or the current political climate. While a publication may not want me to promote an anarchist worldview, that doesn’t mean I am not going to talk about how mutual aid may be better than waiting for the government to step in and help.
I’d say it also depends on the publication and the exact topic. When I wrote about the anarchists who are traveling to Rojava to fight with the YPG, my anarchism was heavily influential in how I wrote.