Did you see what the intern is wearing?” one of the other editors says from my office doorway, her arms folded across her chest. Her expression is a cross between disbelief and annoyance. I sigh. As my magazine’s editorial internship coordinator, part of my job is disciplining student workers, which means policing their wardrobes when necessary.
A friend recently told me he was looking into jobs at smaller weeklies. He started interning with his current employer, a mid-sized daily newspaper in the Northeast, during his senior year in college and was hired full-time right after graduation. After eight years with the paper, he’s covered everything from cops and courts to town- and village- council meetings, but his enthusiasm for what he does is virtually nonexistent.
On April 11, 1968, one week after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 into law. The legislation, better known as the Fair Housing Act, made it a federal offense to discriminate against a person wishing to rent or buy real estate based on “race, color, religion or national origin,” among other things.