a selection of quotes from longer articles, essays and posts I have written


The ‘Trump bump’ for newspapers have probably provided the impetus necessary to push the industry from an advertiser-driven business model to one funded and driven by its readers.

“The future of journalism?,” North by Northwestern Year in Media 2017, Dec. 30, 2017


Filter bubbles, editorial-reader disconnects and a lack of diversity of experience and viewpoints are issues affecting the industry that were probably made worse by technology products.

“Technology + Journalism = ?” Leo in America, Jan. 26, 2018

Opinion, Personal essay

What else can I write about her? What else can I describe about someone who had only made it to campus for a few weeks? What else can I say about a student of Northwestern who had only just started to make her own mark on campus through friends, instructors and peers?

“Remembering Chu Qiu,” North by Northwestern, Sept. 26, 2016

Opinion, Analysis

No matter what the court rules, Prime Minister Theresa May needs to have answers within the next few years…

I think the channel between England and the rest of the European continent got a little wider.

“Brexit,” North by Northwestern Year in Media 2016, Dec. 16, 2016

Reader Service Anaylsis

But, according to the report, residents of Greek-unaffiliated housing in a Neighborhood would not have access to Greek houses, since they lack sufficient space for Neighborhood-wide facilities.

The report does not describe how the relationship between Greek organizations and Neighborhoods would work.

“Everything you need to know from the new report on the undergraduate residential experience,” North by Northwestern, Jan. 18 2018

Enterprise Reporting
Art by Leo Ji using public domain photography

Easy access to transport links is another consideration for Amazon. The company said access to highways and an international airport were “critically important” factors for proposals… That indicates Amazon is considering both how employees will commute to and from work and how people at the new headquarters would be able to reach places such as Seattle and Washington, D.C.

“Would Amazon come to Chicago?” Leo Ji Stories/Business Reporting, March 14, 2018


Abstracting away the experiences of queer people of color — and instead upholding a white, masculine, normatively attractive man like Nick Robinson’s Simon Spier as representing the ideal of the gay man — contributes to a white cisgender heteronormative hegemony by moving society in a direction where only gay men performing (or overperforming) traditional masculinity are considered “acceptable.”

“Dear Simon: Who gets to be ‘Everyone?’ Love, Leo.” Asian American Sexualities, April 22, 2018


I’m worried that this casting decision reinforces an idea that characters can only be played by Asian actors if the characters are Asian stereotypes — but as soon as a character becomes “relatable,” she can suddenly be played by an actor of any race.

“The spotlight shines on Northwestern student theater — for lack of diversity,” Leo Ji Stories, October 24, 2017