Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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Amy Chozick

            Amy Chozick is a staff reporter for the New York Times. Chozick’s claim to fame came in 2007 when she started writing extensively about Hilary Clinton’s campaign, along with the rest of her family. In 2011, she joined the New York Times and began covering corporate media. She has covered everything from terminal snooping at Bloomberg, to phone hacking at News Corporation. Her piece on Jimmy Wales appeared on the front page of The New York Times Magazine.
            Amy began her career by coming to New York with nothing, and just hoping that her newspaper clippings from the Daily Texan would attract the attention of more prominent publications. She was picked up by The Wall Street Journal where she was the foreign correspondent in Tokyo—there she was able to develop a strong beat covering everything from local car shows, to popular restaurants. She has also worked behind the scenes of Hollywood, doing in depth research on both studio executives and movie sets. Amy has had a very well rounded career.
            Today, Amy Chozick is still sticking to what she knows. She does not appear to have any other work with affiliated organizations, instead she publishes strictly for the Times. Her most recent pieces include: “Clintons Rebuild Bond with Blacks”, “Danica Patrick on Racing Cars and Building Brands”, “Signs of Change in New Mission at Bloomberg” & “Murdoch Divorce said to be almost final”. All of these pieces reflect the work she has done in the past, and we can see that there is a strong influence on politics, corporations, and even car shows (her work in Tokyo). So why is Chozick covering a man like Jimmy Wales?
            Chozick did a lot of work throughout 2012 covering the battles between Silicon Valley and Hollywood concerning “SOPA”—an act to stop online piracy. This act would give the federal government more power to infringe on copyrights, which people on Wikipedia believed to be a huge threat. Jimmy Wales protested SOPA by making Wikipedia go dark—the grassroots that emerged after Wikipedia made this opposition against the legislation caused the act to be abandoned. Chozick had been doing lots of work on Hilary Clinton at the time when she met Wales at the families Global Initiative in New York. Chozick was originally supposed to do a piece surrounding the blackout of Wikipedia, and how it influenced the end of SOPA. She was intrigued though when she saw that Wales had moved to London and was engaged to Garvey—she instead shifted the stories focus to a profile on Wales specifically.
            Chozick’s expertise and qualifications seem to carry over into her article. She has received many comments on the piece, most of which appear to be positive. Some mention that the article focuses too much on Wales’s financial situation, but overall readers seem to validate the importance of an ad free space and the importance of Wales’s contributions to the internet.

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- Nolan, R. (2013, July 1). Behind the cover story: Amy chozick on the "benevolent dictator" of wikipedia .The New York Times. Retrieved from http://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/01/behind-the-cover-story-amy-chozick-on-the-benevolent-dictator-of-wikipedia/?_r=0

- Chozick, A. (n.d.). Amy chozick: Journalist. Retrieved from http://www.amychozick.com/

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