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"Word samurai"

A brilliant former editor of mine called this title the pinnacle of the writing profession--a distinction earned by only the most enchanting wordsmiths. I also fancy it as a tombstone inscription: "Ben DeJarnette, word samurai."

OK, now I'm dreaming. For the time being, my sights are fixed on achieving "word ninja" status. Since completing my master's degree (MA Media Studies) at the University of Oregon in 2015, I've written in print and online for High Country News, YES! MagazineMen's Journal, Pacific Standard, InvestigateWest, Oregon Quarterly, Runner's World, and others. I have also made stops at MediaShift, where I reported on community engagement, media entrepreneurship, and journalism innovation as associate editor, and the Agora Journalism Center, where I am currently the project and product manager for Gather, a digital platform for engaged journalism's "community of practice."

Away from my writing desk, I am a recovering distance runner, fair-weather Blazers fan, and part-time political junky. For the scoop on my latest happenings -- or to ask about my availability for freelance work -- shoot me an email or say 'hi' on Twitter @BenDJduck