I couldn’t figure out what to write about this week in our weekly journalism blog. I resorted to the fall back tactics of typing journalism in search engines and seeing what comes up. I came across some really interesting articles from Time Magazine.
The first article I read was The Curious Case of Sidd Finch. In 1985 Sports Illustrated published an article that was really a joke. It was about a pitcher named Sidd Finch who learned how to throw from a buddhist monestary and could throw a fast ball 165 miles per hour who was going to be drafted by the mets. The article read “He’s a pitcher, part yogi and part recluse. Impressively liberated from our opulent lifestyle, Sidd’s deciding about yoga — and his future in baseball.” If you look at the first letter of every word in that sentence it spells “Happy April Fools Day.” Also, the seventh definition of Finch in the Oxford Dictionary is “a small lie.” I think its pretty cool that such a major publication could show they have a sense of humor and have fun on April Fools Day. I wonder if Sports Illustrated or any other big publication could pull off something like that now without a bunch of trouble?
The second article I read was Colorado Paper Hiring Marijuana Critic. The title explains the story. A colorado paper is looking for a reporter to travel to legal marijuana distributors and right about the quality of their products and their services. Over 120 people have applied already. The catch is you have to have an ailment that allows you to use the marijuana at the distributors legally. Getting paid to smoke marijuana is probably a few people’s idea of heaven. For me the story is inspirational, because if there’s a journalism job specific enough to cator to pot enthusiasts, that makes me think you can find a job in journalism specific to cator to almost anything you could imagine.
Lastly I read this article Medill Case: Are Student Journalists Protected? Basically journalism students at Medill investigated a murder accusation and found enough evidence to reopen the case, but they are also now being subpoenaed for information from a state attorney and may not be covered by 1892 Illinois shield laws because they are not yet professional reporters. This reminds me that although we are not professional reporters yet we are putting actual information out there about real people and real places. Even though we’re not dealing with something as serious as a murder we still need to be as professional as possible to represent ourselves and our University well.