David Cohen at NBR has done a new and improved test of whether you are a journalist, and it even tells you what sort of journalist you are. Extracts:
1) You are walking down the road and you come across the scene of a recent mass shooting. The dead and dying are scattered all over the place. You:
a. Give first aid to the injured yourself
b. Call an ambulance
c. Call Jim Tucker to figure out the most culturally appropriate course of action
d. Take photos on your mobile phone and post them on Scoop
4) A “death knock” is:
a. When an undertaker comes to your house
b. The noise your car makes when it is 100,000km overdue for its service
c. An unfortunate practice whereby journalists inflict themselves in an intrusive and callous manner upon the relatives of people who have recently died in tragic and/or brutal circumstances
d. The noise inside our head the morning after drinking far too many flaming maitais
And the scoring system:
Mostly As: you are Barbara Dreaver.
Mostly Bs: you are so overwhelmingly boring people could actually be killed by the dreariness of your writing and it would be a major public health hazard if you ever became a journalist.
Mostly Cs: You are Keith Ng.
Mostly Ds: You are Duncan Garner.
Heh heh heh.Tags: Barbara Dreaver, David Cohen, Duncan Garner, Keith Ng, Media, NBR