Monday, November 22, 2010

As both a journalist and a cookie enthusiast...

...I'm looking at this video from two very different perspectives.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Can female reporters grow old on TV?

53-year-old Miram O’Reilly, former host of the BBC’s Countryfile, is suing the BBC for age and sex discrimination after being fired from the show.

O’Reilly claims she was the victim of a “culture of ageism” in which women are sidelined in a way in which older men are not. The TV personality, who was replaced by a woman in her 30s, says while she worked for the show she was warned that high definition television would pick out her wrinkles and was asked: “Is it time for Botox?”

Assuming that what O'Reilly is alleging is true, it's just another reason I'm skeptical of TV journalism and how your success can depend on your looks.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Stuff Journalists Like

Everyone in CreComm is feeling the pressure weighing on their shoulders and slapping them in the face right now. I found a website that my stressed-out journalism classmates will probably appreciate. It's called "Stuff Journalists Like."

Here is some "stuff" front the list that rings true for this journalism student:

#9 Coffee
"Coffee. It’s the Gatorade for journalists."

#15 The Reporters Notebook
"The reporter’s notebook has proven its necessity by outlasting such tools of the trade such as typewriters, the printing press and fedora hats."

#22 Desk Dining
"Inside the confines of newsrooms, the lunch hour doesn't exist.

The concept of lunch is completely alien to journalists.

The “L” word isn’t part of the journalist’s vocabulary. In a world of tightening deadlines, decreased staffing and increased workloads, lunch in the formal sense, doesn’t really exist for journalists.

If a journalist is fortunate enough to get a lunch on any given day between police reports, fires, council meetings and court then it usually takes place in one of two places: a desk or a car.

Such a “lunch” usually consists of something in a can or bag that can be purchased from the ever popular newsroom vending machine.

Staple favorites of the journalist are Ramen noodles, Easy Mac, Soup in a Can, Pop Tarts, leftover anything, fast-food and of course, coffee."

#55 Outsmarting Spellcheck
"The average computer user probably loves spell check. It allows someone to be sloppy on the keyboard and then with the click of a mouse, a passage that appears to have been typed by hooves becomes readable.

Journalists cannot entrust their careers and reputations with Bill Gates' dictionary, which even after the presidential inauguration still told users Obama was misspelled but didn't have a problem with Osama."

#142 Crazy People
"Crazy people are to journalists what cocaine is to musicians – addictive and highly destructive. When a journalist comes across a crazy person, they are sure to get some quality pull quotes. When a senator yells “you lie” at the President, a tennis player threatens to end a line judge or a loquacious intoxicated rapper steals the spotlight from a meek country singer, journalists are quick to fill their role of the fourth estate and cover every aspect of the event."