CHAPTER 2

A Journalism Life

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The croutons were blackened crisps.

During finals week in fall 2011, George Washington University student Audrey Scagnelli and friends accidentally burnt the croutons they were toasting in a campus apartment oven. She describes the scene that followed as truly “one of those this-only-happens-in-the-movies kind of moments.”

Flames roared from the oven, triggering a fire alarm that led to a full building evacuation. A pair of fire trucks and what Scagnelli described as “an army of firemen” arrived and secured the scene. Students huddled outside in 40-degree weather. The apartment was left covered in soot, down to ...

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