Structured around key periods in his journalism career, Copeland's book covers a few experiences in depth, beginning with his first days as a breaking-news reporter with City News Bureau
After dropping out of law school, he kicked around at some inconsequential jobs before landing at the rough-and-tumble City News Bureau
of Chicago as a copy boy and then a field reporter, and his rapport with the black community in the heavily segregated, openly racist city gave him his first taste of the importance of finding and respecting sources.
I acquired a wariness that I wore like a second skin, baptized into a fraternity defined by the motto of the old City News Bureau
of Chicago: If your mother says she loves you, check it out.
Nordgren started her career with the City News Bureau
of Chicago in 1981 and was a reporter with United Press International from 1983-1985.
Garnett eventually recovered from the attack and moved on to the City News Bureau
Arnold Dornfeld, night news editor of Chicago's now defunct City News Bureau
that inspired The Front Page, left his mark on reporters passing through.
Fitzgerald wrote on our blog, www.fitzandjen.com, using the adage of Chicago's City News Bureau
: "If your mother says she loves you, check it out."
In 1971, he first began working as a journalist with the City News Bureau
in Chicago--where he said he made his bones the first time by arriving to get a reaction quote from the family of a shooting victim only to realize he'd gotten there before the police.
Born in Chicago, Barton was a reporter at the City News Bureau
and then headed the Chicago News Room of the CBS News Bureau.
His first job out of college was as a police reporter for the City News Bureau
City News Bureau
of Chicago was known as the Devil's Island of journalism.
The City News Bureau
of Chicago, which expired March 1 awash in nostalgia, was legendary for its hard-nosed approach, epitomized by the saying: "If your mother says she loves you, check it out." But there was another, less admirable and more common phrase used 40 years ago that does not reflect as well on the training ground for so many Chicago journalists: "Cheap it out."