For 51 weeks, journalists are busy answering phones, talking to sources and hustling between public meetings but during the last week of the year, all of that stops. The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is known by journalists as Dead Week.
Phones don't ring. Newsmakers are not making news. And anyone on a government payroll or with a corner office is gone, leaving journalists to find news elsewhere. Save for Christmas tree fires and celebrity deaths, journalists are left with little to report.
Journalists gotta stay busy so here are a couple of suggestions of things to do during Dead Week: