December 12, 2011

How to tell a real journalist

Stuff Journalists Like - Think that j-school degree and a desk in a newsroom is all you need to call yourself a journalist? Think again. Journalists are made on deadlines. Here’s my checklist to see if you are truly a journalist.
  1. Written a 15-inch story in 30 minutes
  2. Corrected a loved one’s grammar in a greeting card
  3. Replaced one of the major food groups with coffee
  4. Own your own police scanner
  5. Eat in your car more often than you do at a table
  6. Gotten fired/laid off for no good reason
  7. Woke in a cold sweat thinking you forgot to change the date on A1
  8. Slept in your car and not because you were too drunk to drive home
  9. Found that fine line between harassment and persistence
  10. If you needed bail, the first person you would call would be your editor
  11. You couldn’t imagine doing anything else

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

15-inches isn't a story, it's just boasting.