If you're on this page, you've probably run into my work somewhere before, so thank you for reading and thanks for being here. I really appreciate it.
For those who somehow ended up here more by chance, let me give you a bit of background.
I'm an independent freelance journalist. I'm Irish, but have lived in the US, Germany, Russia -- and I'm now based in the beautiful Budapest, Hungary.
Ten years ago, when I was starting out, I had an idealistic view of journalism. I believed there were good publications (which told the truth), and bad publications (which told lies). I believed there was such thing as "objective journalism" -- and I believed it was very important.
A couple of years in Washington D.C. would disabuse even the most staunch idealist of that notion. As the Godfather of "gonzo journalism" said himself:
“There is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms."Today I view all journalism through that lens. None of it is 100% objective -- and any journalist who claims to be 100% objective is either lying or completely lacking in self-awareness.
I am a big critic of "mainstream media" but that doesn't mean I trust "alternative media" blindly. What I believe in is multiple streams of information, multiple perspectives, multiple voices -- and allowing people to decide for themselves.
Maybe that's just another form of idealism, but wouldn't it be great?
I am sick and tired of watching the media sell us lies and regime change and wars. I am sick and tired of people believing their options for 'real news' are limited to corporate-owned media which serve the interests of warmongers and weapons manufacturers. I am sick and tired of arms makers and governments funding 'think tanks' and journalists helping to pass them off as objective arbiters of truth.
I believe we should subject stories in the mainstream press to rigorous skepticism and be forever seeking second opinions and varying perspectives.
My focus is geopolitics and the media narratives that dominate. You can check out my work via my website at danielle-ryan.com.
As you might have guessed, freelance writing is not exactly a ticket to fame and fortune! That's especially true if your views are considered outside the "mainstream".
BUT this is not a sob story! I've been lucky enough to have found some great editors along the way who are open to publishing ideas that fall outside of mainstream narratives.
But, it's getting a little bit harder -- and that's why I'm here.
Every little helps. If I can accumulate some small monthly pledges from readers, the more time I will be able to dedicate to new writing projects.
One of those projects is a book which tracks my Trans-Siberian journey across Russia from west to east last summer, from the Solovetsky Islands in the North Sea to Vladivostok in the Far East, giving first-hand honest insight into the places and people of a country that is currently so maligned in the media.
My hope is to release chapters here on Patreon exclusively to patrons as my pledges increase. That's in addition to much more new work on Medium and patron-only content.
Whether you can afford a $1 or $100 pledge, I appreciate it.
Thank you so much for your generosity.