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Beard talk

Sometimes, journalism can be hilarious.

I’m not talking about Thought Catalog or The Onion, or any type of humor that passes as news. No, I’m talking about how sometimes you walk into the newsroom and are told you’re going to report on beards today.

And not just any beard, but a BEARD PAC. That’s right. A super PAC supporting bearded candidates. Someone tell Brad Pitt that if he grows out his lovely gotee again, he’ll be set to run for president.

Columbia’s own school board member Jonathan Sessions co-founded the PAC, and I spent 45 glorious minutes talking to him about everything from bread committees to his own beard maintenance. I went for the overly serious reporter effect:

“So Mr. Sessions,” I asked him (he couldn’t see my furrowed brow through the phone)  “Why the beard discrimination? What happened that turned the general public against bearded politicians?”

There hasn’t been a bearded president in 125 years, by the way.

“Caroline,” he answered. “The public is being fed lies about beards. Even in TV shows or movies, the bad guy usually has a beard and the good guy is clean-shaven. Our goal is to suggest that sometimes Prince Charming can have a lavish beard, too.”

Let me tell you, the rest of the conversation was just as great. You can read the full story online or as a PDF. I wrote a little while ago about how I hope I can include more voice in my writing this semester. I loved writing this article because I had fun with it. My new goal is to look at every article I’m assigned, no matter how “boring” it seems, and ask myself, how can I beard-ify this story? So, be on the lookout for more bearded stories coming your way.


About carolinebmn

Caroline Bauman is proud to be a University of Missouri student and an aspiring journalist. She is not quite as proud of her coffee addiction, however.


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