I started out as a wee child with a love of magazines -- the old fashioned magazines with really good writing, such as Saturday Review or really powerful photoessays, such as Look., and of course, Ebony. Because it was the 60s, and I was a little urban black girl from a working-class family with middle-class aspirations, these magazines were in our homes, and public affairs show were constantly on our television. I started writing essays when I was eight years old and thought that one day I would be like James Baldwin, facing down William F. Buckley and cutting him to quick with my rhetorical brilliance. This of course was after I inferred that becoming an astronaut was probably out of the question (which I why I cried when Mae Jemison went up on the space shuttle.) Well, I never wrote for Norman Cousins, but I have written for a bunch of other magazines, and while I didn't become an astronaut, I have been a science writer. In addition, I teach writing for journalism and interactive multimedia at The College of New Jersey.I used to blog at Professor Kim's News Notes; now I write about my research at KimPearson.net. In my BlogHer posts for the law and journalism/media sections, I'm likely to pick up on issues involving civil rights, civil liberties the evolving business trends in the media business. I'm also interested in how members of under-represented groups gain access to the public square. Enough about me -- I look forward to your ideas, critiques and leads!