This morning I had a dream that I was helping a college journalism publication get ready for the new year and new staff. I’ve done this kind of thing before, but in the dream I was better at it than I remember.
Unlike professional news organizations, people joining college newspapers, yearbooks and TV stations often don’t know exactly what they want to do. And not everyone can be a sports reporter. I was very concerned with making sure we had all of the bases covered, especially design which was part of a pyramid-style staff graphic wherein each layer was represented by light-colored chocolates. The graphic also included social media, which several students were flocking to join, but there wasn’t much interest in design.
I was working with an adviser and the paper’s editor, Dramedy, who looked a lot like Dulé Hill. (He told me his full name was Dramadeus King Jones.) To get the first staff meeting started, Dramedy was wearing a crazy hat that I somehow had a hand in creating. It was made of several layers of white knitted or crocheted yarn — imagine several pot holders bound together at one side, but none of them match up to form a uniform square on the other sides. At the end of the white pot holders were colorful card-stock triangle tags, creating points on the otherwise square “pot holder,” with short words (like “go”) or symbols (exclamation points, stars, etc.) on them.
After some sort of get-the-team-excited type routine wearing the hat, Dramedy revealed that a story was told by reading the opposite side of the hat pages by following the tabs from front to back. Students were randomly asked to read what was stitched on the opposite side as we went through the story. I wish I remember what it said. It did seem odd to make the French student read the Spanish page …
(Dramadeus King Jones is a pretty amazing name.)