Friday, August 3, 2007

“You Know You’re A Journalist When…”

Friday, August 03, 2007

Ever seen the Society for Professional Journalist (SPJ)'s answers to the question above? (They’re hilarious.) “At weddings you take notes on the sermon.” “You shoot B-roll for your vacation videos.” “You’re not a social drinker. All drinking is work-related.” Etc.

Well, you can add being extremely unpopular to the list. As if newsroom working stiffs didn’t have enough to deal with these days with low pay and long hours - a Harris Poll measuring public perceptions of 23 professions has placed the field in the Bottom 10. What do farmers, lawyers and priests have in common? They’re all more popular in the popular mind than journalists. At the top are fire fighters, teachers and scientists. Hovering at the bottom – even below evil reporters - are bankers, actors and real estate agents. Go figure. Click here to see the study

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