• TheAwl.com

Accompanying the Trib‘s article-nouncement about CEO Randy Michaels’s pending resignation is a majestic new essay by columnist John Kass about “What really goes on at Tribune Tower.” Despite what you’ve read, the big building at 435 N. Michigan is not a “frat-house complete with poker parties, juke boxes and pervasive sex talk.” It’s a place where reporters routinely put themselves at risk in pursuit of the news.

Unlike some people. Ahem.

Chicago Tribune reporters work in difficult and sometimes dangerous conditions,” Kass writes. “They do not blog from mommy’s basement, cutting and pasting what others have reported, while putting it under a cute pen name on the Internet.”