A blogger friend of mine had mentioned that the facade of my blog somehow belongs to a "spunky college fresher" and who would have thought that I was a journalist. I could not blame her, I exactly feel the same way. *LOL*
When you think of news reporters, what comes to your mind? Well, as often as it may seems, I have bad news for you, some of the stereotypes that you are thinking is not true. Or at least that is the case with me.
Here are some of those stereotypes:
Stereotype: The Boss can readily shout at a reporter "You're fired!"
Stereotype: We reporters are serious.
Reality: Hell No! We laugh a lot. I even saw my seniors laugh out loud while a press conference was ongoing.
Reality: I have not encountered a scene like that.
Stereotype: Reporters wear fedora hats, like in the movie The Front Page.
Reality: I have a fedora, but I only wear them during costume parties. The only hat I have is the authentic Adidas hat that I don't wear because I might loose it.
Stereotype: They have a coffee cup constantly in hand.
Reality: I only drink coffee when I'm cold.
Stereotype: The reporter's place is messy.
Reality: It is often conceived that a reporter's place is untidy, there was even a documentary that went on TV about it. But with all conviction, my room is clutter free. Well, it is just a wide open space.
Stereotype: The reporters of different stations are rivals.
Reality: Absolutely not! They are all friends. True friends, they actually help each other. Read my previous post if you're not satisfied with these words.
Stereotype: The reporters go undercover just to break a big news.
Reality: Well, most of us don't do that, we have assets to do that for us. We just give them hidden cameras.
Stereotype: The reporters always wear a chaleco.
Reality: It is actually not necessary to wear one. It is just when you have so many gadgets and you want to brag it off to other reporters, you put them all in your chaleco's pockets.
Stereotype: The reporters use an old typewriter with which all rules about ergonomics are violated.
Reality: Tsk... I have this 18" flat screen computer.
Stereotype: Reporters and editors shout “rewrite!” when they get a big story.
Reality: No, they just use the mouse to send the article back with red comments at the top like "Is this an article?"
Sorry to break the stereotypes. It helps me to remain cynical.
Anyway, here are my articles published today.