By David Jarka
It’s debatable on whether or not I should consider it a priviledge or signal that I should grow up, but within the last two years I have taken three separate tours of the Buffalo News. The first time was in the Spring of 2007, then around Martin Luther King Day in 2008 when I interned with Buffalo.com and now this past week with our Fundamentals of Journalism class.
There certainly were many similarites to the trifecta of tours. Each time we spent the bulk of the time learning about how the newspaper was printed, spent a minimal amount of time at the editorial department (where the bulk of us on the tour wish they could have spent the majority of the trip) and nearly no time on the advertising floor. I also was able to see the grinny, huck-a-dory, face of Warren Buffett each time on the welcoming video.
To some people’s surprise, there were some differences between the three. The first time I went, we had no guest speakers come talk to us about what they do, journalism in general, etc. The second stint we were able to talk to political reporter Robert J. McCarthy and a photographer for the News. On this latest tour, we got food critic Andrew Galarneau.
Of the three, I would rank the time I went with Buffalo.com as my favorite, as McCarthy and the photographer gave the best presentations among the speakers. I liked Galarneau’s prespective, as well, but hearing McCarthy talk about political reporting I felt was more interesting since I had not heard anything about that style of journalism previously.