How Journalists See Each Other

Just having a little fun with the image below. How various types of journalists see themselves and others.

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33 thoughts on “How Journalists See Each Other”

  1. I’m confused. Data journalists — who tend to be by and large print journalists — are supposed to view print journalists as gossippers?

    And print reporters view data journalists as people who work in a sweatshop?


  2. Yea. But really – none of those photos are based in reality. Unless you think broadcasters are from LOTR.

    But I do see your point. Many data base journalists work in print. Many also work strictly on the web. It’s a mix.

    In truth, I did stop and think about that one for a bit. I thought about doing “Editors” but that seemed more like a job description than a type of journalist. Then I thought about doing ‘social media editor’ or something like that – and the pics would be of kids fingerpainting or college kids drinking or something like that. But then you’d just have to call me out because the social media folk would also be ‘web journalists.’

    Next time I make a joke – I will focus more intently to make sure the logical structures are in place so nothing gets confused.

  3. Whoever came up with this feeble attempt at humor better not quit their day job. Pathetic.

  4. @Nevada Scribbler – hmmm… Something tells me this one touched a nerve for you. It’s one thing not to find a joke funny. Another thing to go out of your way to make a hurtful comment in reaction to it.

    But you are right, this is not meant to be my entrance into the standup comedy world. It was me being bored on a Sunday night. What did you do… watch tv?

  5. Having been all four at various times, I’d say this is about 85% accurate, except you’d be all, “Fraud! A REAL data journalist would know that 16 doesn’t go into 85 evenly!” and I’d be all, “Dude. It was a joke.” and that would just be awkward. So I won’t.

  6. Hilarious and dead-on, from a print reporter’s point of view.

    And the gossip joke is funnier if you think of print journalists as newspaper people and data journalists as tech writers.


  7. So what is a “Data Journalist?” I have never encountered the term before. (Sorry to be so obtuse, but really, I haven’t). The Sauron ref was pretty funny tho.

    Personally, when I think about it, I don’t draw that huge of a distinction between Web and print people anymore — bloggers are another animal, as I do feel that the virtues of a good editor are often unsung. (Charles Choi wrote a cool column on this for Scientific American’s blogs). But I freely admit to being a bit old-fashioned in my journalistic practice. (I don’t feel I have done my job if I haven’t talked to a real live source).

  8. Being a print journalist –US correspondent of a Spanish paper– I find this really amusing, the self-image of print journos is right on the money, lol!!!

  9. Lay person here, arrived via link from @jimmacmillan.

    Thought this was very funny. My fav was that Print Journalists see Broadcasters as the Eye of Sauron. As a consumer, it’s frustrating how bad American broadcast journalists are. As in any field, there are some who truly excel, but regardless of what U.S. city you might be, turning on the local news is usually a tormenting experience.

    When the Japanese earthquake and tsunami hit in March, CNN expanded its coverage by toggling over to CNN International after Anderson Cooper signed off at 9 pm Pacific time. What a contrast to American reporters. Focused on getting the information out, not in entertaining the audience with smoke and mirrors. One of the few frustrations I have living on the west coast is that national TV coverage pretty much ceases after 8 pm local time. This was true for the big events of the past decade: Sept. 11 and Katrina, even on CNN.

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  11. I don’t know. I’ve always found myself to be more of a Spiderman, but yeah, print journos are spot on save for that minor detail.

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