Who am I?

My name is Matthew Petti. I worked as a beat reporter covering foreign policy for a couple years after university. Currently, I’m on a research fellowship in the Middle East — one that started as a project on the spread of misinformation across borders, and has since turned into a much deeper meditation on the role of translation in the international press.

This blog is, as the name suggests, my notebook. It’s a place for day-to-day thoughts on media, politics, history, and anything else that comes to mind. And when I publish original reporting elsewhere, I like to discuss the behind-the-scenes process that led to the story on this blog.

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Observations on history, society, and the media from an American in the Middle East.


Matthew Petti

A researcher who covers misinformation in Middle Eastern media. Once and future journalist. The views here are mine and mine alone.