• Richie D.
  • Harper Library, University of Chicago

For the last five months I’ve been shoulder-deep in a research project that threatens to stretch on past the new year. The subject matter isn’t important, but the process is, because it’s reminded me how much I love digging for information. When I told a colleague at the Tribune what I was up to, he remarked, “I envy you the research,” and I expect a lot of newspaper people would share that sentiment. Much of daily journalism (including this very blog post) is just people blowing it out their ass. But when I finally get busy with the writing phase of the project, I’m going to have a mountain of hard information at my disposal, stuff that most people don’t know about because none of it is available online.