Wake-Up Call: The joys of journalism

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I'm at Northwestern for a writing conference that the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies hosts at the Medill J-school, which is also home to the Academy for Alternative Journalism, a summer program for budding journalists that AAN sponsors.

Jared Jacang Maher, a Westword staff writer, is a veteran of this program, and on Wednesday, as I was heading off to Chicago, we talked about how the Academy had really given the new University of Colorado grad the impetus to go into journalism.

Yesterday, as we prepared to talk to this year's class, I heard about Jared's encounter with Tom Martino. The joys of journalism....

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