JFP Writer Returns From Africa, Does Press Junket

september 26, 2006  12:47 pm
Jackson Free Press Contributing Editor Casey Parks has returned from her journey to Africa with New York Times reporter Nick Kristof. Parks won the reporting trip in May in an essay contest. In a Sept. 26 blog post (available here to TimesSelect subscribers), Parks describes her problems readjusting while doing publicity: "I'm worried some of my experiences will turn into fodder for television programs, radio interviews," she writes. When Al Roker asked if appearing on the Today show was "better than being held up at gunpoint," Parks responded that "both are pretty surreal."