In July the Reader published a profile by freelancer Rupa Shenoy of Robyn Okrant, a Chicago woman who’s decided to follow Oprah’s instructions to her viewers for a whole year and blog about the experience. It was only a matter of days before NPR and the New York Times noticed the piece, rereported it, and presented Okrant as a discovery. (What, you couldn’t give a freelancer a little credit?) U. of C. doctoral candidate Aaron Curtis even made it the basis of an essay for the Martin Marty Center.
Today the Tribune joined the club–but what took them so long?
I know you can’t copyright a story idea, but I sure hope Shenoy gets a cut of the movie. She ought to get something for inspiring so many other journalists.