A real journalist has forgotten what it’s like to have a week off, writes Chris J. Ortiz, and has replaced one of the major food groups with coffee. Also, a real newsperson eats in the car more often than at a table. Also, he or she has:
* Written a 15-inch story in 30 minutes
* Corrected a loved one’s grammar in a greeting card
* Gotten fired/laid off for no good reason
* Slept in your car and not because you were too drunk to drive home
Ortiz — founder of the Stuff Journalists Like website — tells me about his 20-item checklist:
I wrote the list based on personal experience. Though 15-19 were reader contributed, I have done a phone interview naked (technically I was in a towel), I’ve taken notes on a napkin, and have threatened to quit over a story assignment. So mark me down for 19 (I actually don’t drink coffee).