Why Supreme Court Interns Still Sprint to Deliver News

In the 21st century — when almost everything has migrated to technology — landmark rulings from the highest court in the land still come first on paper. The “Running of the Interns” is a Washington, D.C., tradition that involves interns of news outlets running to deliver results of major decisions by the Supreme Court to the press. Since 1946, recording devices have been banned inside the courtroom of the Supreme Court Building, so hand-delivered paper copies remain the fastest way for news organizations to receive a landmark ruling. Interns often wear running shoes and business casual suits or skirts. The sprint is a brutal quarter mile to where the networks are allowed to broadcast. The interns even have to perform the run in front of hundreds of crazy protesters, with police often having to clear a path for the interns to run through. There’s also shame and victory associated with the Running of the Interns. In 2015, the interns were briefly removed after a CNN intern was caught by Supreme Court Police recording video footage with a GoPro camera. So far, the fastest interns on record have been from Fox News.