U.S. Supreme Court

How broadcast networks get SCOTUS decisions: 'The running of the interns'


Broadcast news interns sported tennis shoes along with their suits and dresses this week, as they readied themselves for an important job: sprinting about 300 feet to deliver Supreme Court opinions to waiting journalists.

BuzzFeed Politics supplied photos and video of the “cherished Washington, D.C., tradition” it dubbed “running of the interns.” To onlookers outside the court, “the sign of the sprinting intern elicits joy and cheers, and signals that a long-awaited decision has been passed down,” according to the photo captions.

BuzzFeed noted the “masterful technique” of the “intrepid young man” who was first to deliver an opinion. Others engaged in a light jog, and “some even made a mockery of the event by walking.”

The blog also supplied audio, the theme song from the movie Chariots of Fire.

Hat tip to How Appealing.

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