Unlearning Old-School Lessons From a J-School Education

From an essay on niemanstoryboard.org by Lauren Kessler headlined “Unlearning old-school lessons from a J-school education”:

Two months into my just-the-facts-ma’am, inverted pyramid life as a novice reporter assigned to cover every commission had that ever been formed anywhere in any municipality on Earth at any time (planning, zoning, parking, library, arts, historic preservation, downtown development, beautification, and so on), I caught a break. I had the chance to write a quasi-feature story about the opening of an exhibit featuring the work of de-institutionalized mental patients (this was California) who were writing poetry and painting as a way of dealing with their issues.