How do you build something that outlasts you?
The big ivy-league schools well represented. As impressive as they all are-and they are- it would be more impressive to have included a few from other schools. Even at least one. What about the college in Austin you promoted so passionately in an episode of Honestly?
Best of luck to these interns. So glsd Free Press and Bari are nurturing the next wave of free thinkers.
Stanford, Princeton, Brown (FFS!), Vanderbilt - only one one from a public college. WTF, are you attempting to build the NYT? Maybe WaPo?
You need to get out more Weiss. Hanging around the salons of the intellectual elites will doom anything related to free speech.
I am impressed by these young people. They give me hope for the future.
Excellent that the FP is nurturing interns, particularly in free thinking and being advocates for freedom of expression. The world more than ever needs insightful journos and authors in general.
What inspiring young people you've brought on board. I'm envious of them, and can't wait to see their work. Thank you for training the next generation of writers and thinkers, and for prioritising open-minded, evidence-led journalism.
I think I would enjoy meeting these people. I like that they are attempting to escape the conformity they encounter at their respective universities. I like that they have already openly criticized woke critics. I also like that they are channeling their idealism to reestablish more thoughtful dialog above important tropics, ignoring the approved narrative, looking for truth. The future is not so dim as it seemed.
Hmmmm. But for one, all from elite schools. And most considering law as a career. Does this represent a diversity of opinions?
Dear Julia, continue writing and also own the coffee shop because you will eventually learn, if not already, coffee is life 😊 ☕️
Bari - two thoughts, after first offering thanks and congratulations on the success of the Free Press.
First, much like the very gifted interns I interview for our law firm's internships, these young women and men are accomplished and gifted. They are also - at least from appearances - all from successful families. Have you ever considered a hard scrabble kid from Appalachia or the rural South or Midwest for the internship program? Just a thought. Might loosen up your urban sensibilities a bit.
Second, consider turning loose young Ms. Anthony. Anyone who has the guts to take on the Soviet group think at a Ivy League re-education camp and call out such stupidity is someone to "keep an eye on." But all the interns seem bright and talented. Perhaps try this daily exercise with them - read the lead editorial from the NY Times. Get rid of any that don't howl with laughter and derision.
Maybe next you could open an office in Wichita or Sioux Falls or Laramie and hire some 40 year old freelancers who have been going to city council meetings and running small businesses.
These are all sharp kids I’m sure but I think American society in general has maybe had enough coastal elitism and credentialism, guys.
This is one of the noblest and most magnanimous things you can do, Bari. It's not just creating a legacy, it's giving back to an institution at large that has been generous to you. These bright young people are the essential core of the rewrite much of our society desperately needs. Bravo!
I'm reading thinking wow, a bright group, and wanting to engage facts, not feelings. That's encouraging. And then I got to the last line and chuckled out loud. "One day, I’d like to own a coffee shop in a quaint coastal town." Isn't that what we all ultimately want in some form. An uncomplicated little corner of the world, kids, spouse, or not...good books to read, good food to eat and some modicum of safety and freedom to pursue our passions?
How did life become so complicated? Anyway, I would like to see a state school represented. Univ of Texas, FL, etc.
Really glad to see you hired Abigail Anthony. She's been a rare profile in courage during her time at Princeton. I'll look forward to hearing more from her in the future!
First reaction is the same as many others - hmmm..... Then I reflect on the lesson taught by the U.S. Supreme Court last week: judge everyone as an individual. Let us hope that these future leaders have absorbed very little from their formerly-great schools - and like Ms. Weiss - absorb a lot from experience in the Real World.
Welcome interns! As to the critics, let's not make the mistake of putting identity before substance. Isn't rejection of that approach one of the reasons we love Free Press? Let's see what these people can do!