Stuff Journalists Like: Making Fun of the Media

After the incredible success of the blog Stuff White People Like (which continues to make me laugh out loud,  #107 posts later), a host of imitators employing similarly designed topical blogs with numbered posts have been spawned.

But where is there left to go after reading about Stuff Educated Black People Like, Stuff Queer People Like, Stuff Asian People Like, and stuff nearly every other kind of people likes?

Well, why not go a bit meta and take a bite out of journalists themselves.

Cue the creation of the latest blog to claim a spot in this ever-evolving pantheon of web hilarity: Stuff Journalists Like

Mining similarly amusing territory, the recently launched blog takes on many of the pseudo-perks and perilous parts of working life that both MSM and indie media-makers seem to enjoy.

And, so far, they’re right on the money.

FREE FOOD

There is nothing more journalists like when attending a dull press junket, dinner, speech or conference then free food. It sooths the contempt of the journalist who has to be in the Mississippi ballroom of the local Hilton Raddison on a Thursday night missing “30 Rock,” to listen to a speaker of a local organization ramble on about “community engagement” or “stakeholders” or any other meaningless phrase.

TWITTERING

For journalists, it’s another attempt chance to be cool, hip and relate to non-newspaper reading readers. Twittering opens up an entire new world to journalists, a world where the conventional lede and inverted pyramid are thrown out the window for nut graphs and buzz words.

AP STYLEBOOKS

Is it doughnut or donut? Midnight or 12 a.m. and when is a storm a hurricane?

Thankfully, for journalists there is a book with all the answers (by the way, it’s doughnut, midnight and when winds hit 75 mph). From AAA all the way to ZIP codes, the reliable AP Stylebook has had the backs of journalists and editors since 1975.

INTERNS

That’s why journalists like interns. Interns are essentially used as mops to wipe up the day’s dullest news, allowing the professional paid journalists who get paid to focus on items that will wind up in frames and earn them the name recognition they so crave. Interns also allow journalists to pursue time worthy efforts such as griping about the death of newspapers or to write personal blogs.

AWARDS

Journalists just don’t love writing stories. Journalists love winning awards for they stories they write.

It’s the accreditation they need to prove to themselves that they made the right choice in picking journalism and not selling their souls (and filling their wallets) by going into PR.

NPR

32 percent of all story ideas generated in newsroom budget meetings come from National Public Radio. It’s a true fact. Go ahead, look it up.

Journalists love telling people they listen to NPR.


COFFEE

Coffee. It’s the Gatorade for journalists. Just a mention of of the brew can be enough to excite the loins of any journalist.

And…ahem…

THE WIRE

Whatever the appeal, and there are many, the show deals with some weighty issues that journalists like to think is going on in their own backyard.

Now let’s see…which of these I am not guilty of liking…

Damn, now our secrets are out!

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