As with most professions, there is something of a hazing period for a young journalist after beginning to work at a new newspaper. You get assigned stories none of the seasoned veterans want to write, such as tulip festivals and day-after-Christmas sales. When I started at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, one of my hazing stories was about people buying fans in the summer. Breaking news, right? People in Atlanta are hot in the summer, so they buy fans to help stay cool.