The management and editorial staff of Red Crow News are pleased to announce the receipt of their Poetic License.
“It’s rare for such a fledgling organization to be honored so early in its operation,” acknowledged Mickey Friedman, a writer and editor at Red Crow. “We’re thrilled actually, and humbled, and resisting the temptation to crow about it.”
Red Crow News has been awarded a Class One Poetic License, valid for both domestic and foreign reporting, including coverage of local events, and arts and crafts.
According to Sub-Section 17B of Article 24, “A Poetic License is a) The liberty taken by an artist or a writer in deviating from conventional form or fact to achieve a desired effect; and/or b) the freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable rules or practices (especially in behavior or speech).”
“It’s an awesome responsibility to deviate from conventional form; an even more awesome responsibility to exercise liberty and use our freedom,” Friedman admitted. “I feel better knowing we have our license. I imagine you do too.”
Bill Shein, senior vice president in charge of job titles at Red Crow News, shared Friedman’s excitement. “The best part is the shiny badge we now get to carry. I flashed mine at a state trooper who pulled me over for speeding, and he let me go without even a warning!” Shein said he also appreciated the value the licensing board placed on “wholesale fabrication,” a core element of his writing style.
The newly minted Poetic License was greeted with relief by Red Crow’s David Scribner. “I’ve been operating without a (poetic) license for years. Now I can come out of the shadows, and sleep better at night, too,” he said, deftly exercising the authority granted under the license.