As my fellow journos and I made our way through the streets of Chicago, we stumbled upon a huge, church-like building. Let’s not talk about how many of us it took to actually figure out that it was indeed the Chicago Tribune… even though it says “Tribune Tower” above the door.
When we finally figure out we were at the correct building, we had some time to wait before we could be brought up to the newsroom (if you’re not early, you’re late).
The lobby walls were adorned with famous words about the press:
To the press alone, chequered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.
– James Madison
Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
– Thomas Jefferson
Once inside, we had the opportunity to attend a “page one” meeting. This is basically where the head honchos of each department come together to discuss what’s hot in their neck of the woods for the day. Most of what goes on in that meeting is pretty top-secret though, so you’ll just have to schedule your own trip to Chicago to find out what really went down behind the closed doors!
Leaving the Tribune Tower, on our way to our second stop of the day, we had the opportunity to see a little world history in the most peculiar place; stuck in a wall!
Check back for my next post to find out what the journos found!