A reporter abroad:
According to Gershkovich, in a profession that has lost about a quarter of its jobs in the past decade, young journalists have had to get creative. Some seek out stories in the heartland or along the southern border, others head to war zones, and some relocate to a foreign country. Nonetheless, Gershkovich says his decision to become a journalist has far exceeded his expectations. He credits Bowdoin's English Department, which “thanks to its whip-smart professors, taught me to read and write.”
There are, he says, “stories aplenty with the opportunity to report them out, and no news day is ever dull. And as far as living here (in Russia) goes, well, in a country that has never been quite sure whether it is part of the West or the East, where moral clarity is often more gray than it is black and white, where extremes seem to be the norm in all spheres of life, and where train travel is relatively cheap and the destinations varied, it's just as interesting.” Living abroad is, he says, “put simply, the bee's knees."