No room for insensitivity in the newspaper

Friday, October 19, 2007 | 5:00 p.m. CDT; updated 4:43 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — I met Allison Ross at a “mentor-mentee” welcome function at the journalism school. She was shy, but just a little, and quick to smile and laugh. She made an appointment with me for lunch — was I ever that organized? — and we got to know each other. I was so impressed that I hired her for a part-time job the next summer at the Missourian.