One Sunday night last fall, Courtney Mims was out with a friend when “No Caller ID” flashed across her phone. Mims, a senior in the journalism program at the University of Florida, Gainesville, doesn’t usually answer calls from unknown numbers, but she had recently distributed her resume and sports-reporting reels to media companies. Graduation was just three months away; she didn’t want to miss an interview.
Mims answered the call. A man on the other end introduced himself as a recruiter from NBC Sports. He had a pleasant voice, Mims thought, and seemed to be in his late twenties or early thirties. He told her that he had reviewed her reporting work and was ready to offer her a job. Mims was surprised—she hadn’t sent an application to NBC. But the man responded that it wasn’t unusual for the company to reach out to up-and-coming reporters.
As the man started asking Mims more questions, excitement overtook her. “What qualities would you bring to the table?” he asked. She wanted to blurt out that she was the right person for the position, that in the past years she had worked every sporting event she could. She told him about her experience covering local high school and college sports.
After a few minutes, the man told Mims that looks drive the TV landscape. He asked about her hair color, her height, her weight, and then her bra size. Mims answered his questions. She reasoned that she’d never gotten a call from a
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