In the coming months and hopefully long beyond, I’ll be filing monthly columns—sometimes more—from places like Cairo, Kuwait, Tunisia, the United States, and others; scrutinizing, criticizing, and sometimes praising international press institutions, individual reporters and editors, and the governments under which they operate. Much of my writing focuses on matters of free speech in the developing world, as this is the world I live in, and I’m turned screeching-kettle hot when journalists and their work are restricted or harmed. In all of my dispatches, though, I will try to bring more on the world’s journalism to CJR readers.

There’s so much out there beyond the borders and the bylines. Thanks for setting out with me.

Justin D. Martin is a journalism professor at Northwestern University in Qatar. Follow him on Twitter: @Justin_D_Martin