Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Saturday, October 24, 2009 2:40 pm

Gallows humor has nothing on newsroom humor

Filed under: Fun,Journalism — Lex @ 2:40 pm
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On Facebook, I follow a “user” called “Overheard in the Newsroom,” which is pretty much what it sounds like: one-liners and snippets of dialogue, ostensibly from real-life newsroom conversations. I don’t know how many of them actually happened, but I have yet to read one that I thought couldn’t have happened.

Today’s:

#2025: Reporter: “There’s something wrong when I see ‘Newspaper reporter killed’ in a headline and my first thought is ‘Sweet. Job opening.’ ”

And there’s something wrong with the industry when MY first thought is, “No, they’ll eliminate the position and call it attrition.”

One of the commenters wrote, “Well we all know the best way to find a new apartment is to check the Obits.” I don’t know if it’s the best way, but it’s definitely one trick I used when looking for an apartment when I lived in New York.

Naturally, as the comment string grew, discussion began as to whether laughing at this joke was in good taste. Which led to this from commenter Felix L. Mendoza III, FTW:

Bad News: You’re ALL going to hell.

Good News: But it’s a step up from where you work.

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