WJI — Day 5: Sued and tortured?

Dear Reader,

I’m not sure which one is more terrifying — the threat of being sued or the prospect of hearing your own voice over and over again, every day.

Today, we learned about how journalists could get involved in both of those worlds: investigative journalism and radio journalism.

Warren Smith, an incredibly down-to-earth guy, spoke to us first about investigative journalism. One would not assume, from looking at his bald head, wide smile and friendly disposition, that he has single-handedly yanked down corrupt pastors and leaders from their high thrones of influence, for the sake of justice, truth, and, well, Jesus. He is, in a nutshell, awesome.

I took from his expertise in digging around, special places where we could follow the money trails of organizations with ease. And while he was talking, I couldn’t resist looking up Wheaton College’s financial documents online. Looking good, Wheaton! (Just a few questions, though, that I’ll definitely ask at some point.)

Nick Eicher commanded the room’s attention next with his deep, soothing baritone voice, as he instructed us on how to tackle radio journalism. I can’t say that I was, or am now, very interested in the radio journalism world, but let’s just say that for the night, I kind of have to be.

Let me explain.

Tomorrow morning, World Magazine has somehow wrangled two real-life lawyers who are both working on the hot-button RFRA case to come to the World News headquarters, to essentially role play for us aspiring (or pretending) radio journalists.

Just like we’ve all seen in the movies, we’re supposed to elbow our way past each other and get the best quotes we can, while shoving microphones into the lawyers’ faces. In short, the exact kind of journalism I try to avoid.

But for tonight, that means learning up on the entire RFRA case, as much as I possibly can, and that means tons and tons of reading. You can guess what I’ll be doing for the next couple of hours.

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