Now why do I wish to pursue a major in Online Journalism? The primary reason  is simply I love people. To further elaborate, by that I mean that at a certain point in high school, classical liberal thinkers and economists such as Thomas Jefferson, F.A. Hayek and Frederic Bastiat inspired me to dedicate my life to researching how to create wealth and prosperity among people. A journalistic format is perhaps the greatest medium to share my voice and insights with the world.

I can specifically recall an incidence in my high school economics class discovering Adam Smith and his book, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. I was simply astounded as to how classical economists predicted events such as WWII, Hong Kong and the rise and fall of the Soviet Union. It seemed very rarely were these axiomatic models of economic reasoning ever incorrect.

Adam Smith may in fact be the source of more good on this earth than any other.

To this day, I have reinforced my self-education with daily readings of news magazines and economic blogs to assist in my endeavor. With every fiber in my body, I want to be a foot soldier in the war of ideas. Furthermore, I genuinely believe that through my insights (though so few are originally mine and not derived from the work of an intellectual far greater than myself), I can help shape the world into a significantly better place.

The one person who best exemplifies my my current ambitions, it’s Editor-in-Chief of Reason magazine, Matt Welch. Ever since I experienced my liberal socioeconomic Renaissance, I have always been searching for a platform to share it with the world. In my opinion, there is no single current news journalist who has crafted his medium in a form superior to Mr. Welch.

Over the course of the year I had an opportunity to interview Mr. Welch. Quite frankly, I still can’t believe he even responded to me.

If there is one particular trait of Matt Welch that has impressed me, it would be his astute understanding of the future of journalism. Over the years, Welch has observed that newspapers are a dying breed, while subscription based news sites (such as Welch’s former employer The LA Times) will be unable to survive much longer as well. Furthermore, Reason magazine presents its news in the format of a group blog known as Hit & Run which I consider to be a highly innovative and practical method of distributing daily news.

I have always wanted to write with my comically sardonic yet informed voice for a news organization of some sort. Matt Welch has perhaps been the single most influential model of the writer I wish to become (except for hopefully I am funnier).