"Recording devices have been banned from the courtr..."
As you know, the academic programs at Emerson College are focused on communication and the arts. Please tell us what influenced you to select your major. If you're undecided about your major, what attracted you to Emerson's programs? Please be brief.
100 - 200 words
Recording devices have been banned from the courtroom of the United States 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 quarter-mile sprint from the Court building to the area where networks await is no easy feat. But the interns dress with this mind, often pairing running shoes with their business attire.
When I first saw photographs of “The Running of the Interns”, I knew that I wanted nothing more than to be one of those people. I wanted to feel my running shoes beating against the limestone sidewalks, to feel sweat staining my suit.
Why did a tradition centered around dashing through D.C. 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.
This, I think, defines both what it means to be a journalist and why I want to be a journalist: When I become a journalism major at Emerson, and, later, a part of the press--perhaps a running intern--I get to be a contender in the race to change the world.