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 journalist who lived in the Middle East.


Assistant editor at Reason Magazine, among other hats. The views on this Substack are strictly my own.