Journalists spend more time inside the confines of a newsroom than they do at home or at drinking establishments. So much so, they almost write out their rent checks to their editors. After spending more than
40 50 60 hours a week at work, it’s only a matter of time before journalists are sharing more than just notes and bylines with their co-workers. So it’s not surprising journalists like to date other journalists.
Journalists’ code of ethics forbid being in bed with sources but the code says nothing about being in bed with a fellow journalist.
Journalists like dating each other because only journalists understand the phrase: “Not tonight dear, I’m on deadline.”
Attempts to date people outside of the newsroom who cannot name gubernatorial candidates from 1995, have a limited vocabulary and who don’t know who Hunter S. Thompson is will only lead to a return to dating journalists.
Hiding an office romance in a news-gathering organization is ultimately futile. Within days weeks months, snooping journalists will soon discover the tryst – but usually long after the relationship has ended.
Dating other journalists often results in “work goggles.” By limiting their selection of a mate to the confines of a newsroom, journalists are ultimately setting themselves up for a crash-and-burn relationship. Competition for A1, scoops and the sheer fact of spending 22 hours a day in the same room with another human being can kill a relationship faster than the decline of newspaper subscriptions. Needless to say, picking a mate from within a newsroom can have its disadvantages.
But only by dating a fellow journalist can one get away with saying, “Baby, I’m not gonna make it over tonight. I just got a tip and . . . .” Say that to someone outside the industry and that journalist probably just lost another reader and bed buddy. But say it that to a fellow journalist and the reply will be: “Want me to bring my video camera?”
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