During a recent editorial meeting with a class of journalism students, one young woman didn’t have a news story to offer. She asked if I could assign one to her, one that would offer her a challenge. I thought a second and suggested she cover the Ontario finance minister’s introduction of the provincial budget. She cringed at the thought and then looked to me as if to say, “Why would you choose that as an assignment?”
“It’s important that you learn how things work,” I said to her.
She nodded and said, “I’ll check the Queen’s Park website for the phone number of the Finance Minister’s office.”
“Well, the learning curve has just begun,” I said. “Have you ever tried using a telephone book?”