Tracking Down a Story in Mongolia: Interview With Travel Journalist Thom Brown

by Jennifer Roberts

When he was assigned a 12,000-word project for his Master’s dissertation, travel writer Thom Brown began the search for a story. His search eventually led him to Mongolia, and he quickly formed an angle for the story he wished to tell. But, once on the ground in Ulaanbaatar, he discovered that things wouldn’t pan out as he had planned.

In this episode of the Intrepid Times Podcast, Thom talks with Nathan Thomas about why the story he ended up writing was so different from his original idea, how he found contacts in Mongolia, and the various ethical considerations he had to take into account while speaking to locals and writing their story.

The published piece is titled “The Silicon Steppe,” and is up now on Intrepid Times. We highly suggest you give it a read before listening to this episode!

Listen to the full conversation here:

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You can find all of Thom’s Intrepid Times stories here and follow his work at Projects Abroad.

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