"Recording devices have been banned from the courtr..."
Please tell us why you selected this specific academic program and what other academic programs interest you.
10 - 200 words
Recording devices have been banned from the courtroom of the Supreme Court Building since 1946. Therefore, when the Court makes a landmark decision, interns must hand-deliver paper copies of the ruling to news organizations.
The interns often pair running shoes with their business attire, for the quarter-mile sprint from the Court building to the area where networks await.
When I first saw photographs of “The Running of the Interns”, I wanted nothing more than to be one of those people. I wanted to feel my running shoes beating against the sidewalks, to feel sweat staining my suit.
Why did this tradition attract me to journalism? Because it reminded me that the news is a race, a constantly-changing collection of stories shaping social and political development.
The opportunity to contribute to that collection is why, beyond Ithaca’s journalism program, I’m also interested in the College’s minors in Politics and Writing.
I think all of this desire to be part of a story defines what it means to be a journalist, a writer: When I become a journalism major at Ithaca College, and, later, perhaps a running intern, I get to be a contender in the race to change the world.