News never sleeps

“News never sleeps.” It’s an old adage I’ve heard many times before. Today, I got to experience it firsthand.

It had been a calm Friday afternoon at the Charlatan newsroom. In fact, I was the only editor or writer there. This was to be expected as we put out our final issue of the semester the previous day. I’ll admit, after over three months of publishing every week, I was looking forward to a couple weeks of freedom before I pack up for Edmonton.

But it was not to be.

I was getting ready to call it a day when one of our news editors, who is actually in Toronto right now interning with the National Post, informed me via text message that Obed Okyere, Carleton’s student association president, had suspended the pay for all six of the association’s executive members.

As I found out shortly thereafter, it turns out Okyere had sent us a press release about the news before he informed any of the executives. I tracked down three of the executives minutes after we received the email and asked them for a comment. Their jaws dropped when they heard my question. Not surprisingly, they didn’t have much to say.

Eventually, I did manage to get a few of them to comment, right before I sat down with Okyere to get his reasoning for all this. And the rest is history.

While this threw a wrench into my Friday afternoon plans, I’m not complaining. It was fun writing again. Being editor-in-chief is great, but it really prevents you from actually going out into the field and covering stories. Today, I had no choice.

So there you have it: news never sleeps. And as I sign off as 2:19 a.m., apparently I don’t either.

Farhan Devji
Farhan Devji is an author, journalist, and communications professional based in Ottawa. His work has appeared in the Ottawa Citizen, the Edmonton Journal, the Vancouver Sun, and the Montreal Gazette. Contact him directly at

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