The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 7, 1990 - Page 26
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Don't write for the Michigan Daily.
You don't really want to be a news reporter for The Michigan Daily, do you? You don't need the aggravation involved in interviewing University President James Duderstadt, Senator Carl Levin, or President George
Bush. You don't need the embarrasment of having everyone in your residence hall cafeteria talking about your story on a proposed code of non-academic conduct. And who would ever want to write a breaking story
when the new Cheers episode is showing?
Now don't let anybody sucker you into writing for The Daily's Arts page either. Oh yeah, you'd get the chance to talk to entertainers such as Sidney Poiter or Robin Williams, but surely you'd rather talk to your
Physics teaching assistant. And then there's the oportunity to get into concerts free of charge to review them, and to receive free record albums, but you'd probably rather do your reading for Poli-Sci.
Perhaps you desire to take photos for The Daily. Don't even think about it. Who wants to be on the sidelines of a football game in Michigan Stadium or at the front of an angry protest anyway?
Maybe the Opinion page? Well, you start writing editorials on political issues you really care about, and the next thing you know, you might be responsible for provoking who knows how many conversations on the
issue, or - God forbid - even changing someone's mind.
Oh, a sports buff are you? Stick to watching them on TV. People on The Daily sports staff might tell you how great it is to cover a Rose Bowl or a Final Four, but is it really worth it? And who would want to end up
on a first-name basis with Tripp Welbourne or Demetris Calip, anyway?
Worst of all, you could wind up gaining enough journalistic exerience to actually use this thing as a career, if you're not careful. Many's the hapless fool who has innocently wandered into the Student Publications
Building at 420 Maynard Street only to be doomed to follow a nightmarish path leading to summer internships at the Los Angles Times or a reporting job at the Washington Post. After all, look what happened to
activist Tom Hayden, Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago journalist Anne Marie Lipinski, author Arthur Miller, and Time Magizine editor Waler Shapiro. They all began to write at The Daily, and have yet to put down
their pens. Wouldn't you hate to end up like them?
So act now. Avoiding writing for The Daily at all costs. They say any student can just walk into the building, trudge upstairs, and begin to write, even if he or she has no experience, and they say only students
manage and edit the paper, but don't get suckered by their claims. It might start with one innocent article. But then you might find yourself wanting to do another. And another. Next thing you know, you'll be doing
layouts, and even editing other people's stories. And by the time you realize you're enjoying it, you'll be beyond help.
The Michigan Daily. You've been warned!
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