What's your name?
Carson Daniel Vaughan
Where are you from?
Broken Bow, Neb.
What year are you in school?
Junior (year 3)
What is your career goal?
To obtain a news-editorial position at a magazine or newspaper that allows me the freedom to investigate topics I am interested in and tell other people's stories in an interesting manner. I would also like to write a book.
What do you like to read?
I enjoy reading most forms of literature, whether it be a newspaper or a fiction novel. I've recently been on a Great Plains literature kick, reading such authors as Bruce Barton and the New Yorker's Ian Frazier. I have also been reading a compilation of letters from H.L. Menken, as well as Menken's biography, The Skeptic, written by Terry Teachout. I am also a fan of The Onion, as well as The Borowitz Report and other satirical news sources.
Where do you get your news?
The New York Times, Omaha-World Herald, Lincoln Journal-Star, and Daily Nebraskan's print and online editions, as well as CNN television.
Do you have any journalism experience?
I am currently a contributing writer for Lincoln's L Magazine, and recently finished up an internship with The Onion in New York City. I am the founder and editor in chief of the DailyER Nebraskan, UNL's satirical campus newspaper. I have also written for several online music review websites.
Do you have a blog?
I created one over the summer, but since it's inception I have not posted to it. I find it difficult to believe that anyone wants to read about my personal life, and if I were to write newsworthy stories I would submit them to a newspaper, rather than to a blog that most people--not knowing my credentials--could and would be smart to dismiss.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about defending the relevance and value of satire. I am dorkily passionate about the Great Plains. I am passionate about writing to change society for the better, and I am passionate about writing simply to entertain.
Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you?
I honestly believe "Ghostbusters" is the greatest movie of all time.