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.