Ever wonder what it would be like to be a fly on the wall of a newspaper? Well, wonder no longer.
I have to give major kudos to Advocate reporter Julian Cavazos for bringing this wonderful new Web site to my attention. Called overheardinthenewsroom.com, it is essentially a Twitter-esque collection of anecdotes from newsrooms across the world. Everyone from journalists, to editors to interns write in the various things they have overheard while sitting in a newsroom. And if you have ever sat in a newsroom, you know just how many crazy things you can hear.
For instance, here are some examples from the Web site:
"This lady on the phone wants to put an obit in for Jesus."
Reporter: “My pet peeve is when editors use the same headline for the same series of stories.” Editor: “My pet peeve is when reporters try to tell me how to do my job.”
-Newsroom assistant on phone: “I’ll let you get back in the shower, sir.”
"There’s a bunch of photos of underage girls in the Jailbait folder. Can you cut them out for our dating feature?”
“Yeah, we should probably spell the word ‘journalism’ right on our front page.”
“I don’t have a folder, I just have a pile. In these hard economic times, they don’t give us folders.” -Reporter on phone with source
Copy editor: “It’s the American dream to become a writer and get drunk all the time. I’m just following the dream.”
Ah yes, say what you will about journalism and the news industry, but one thing can't be denied: Even when it appears the ship is sinking, we can still laugh at ourselves.
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