Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Not "new" journalists, as in recent graduates. But journalists who have a different way of doing things. Journalists who yell when major news breaks... who watch TV all day... who laugh raucously as the antics of our favorite celebrity news figures... who occasionally assault inanimate items when the computers crash.
In a nutshell -- broadcast journalists.
Make space guys. We're moving in.
My bureau of the AP -- the Broadcast News Center -- is moving in with the Washington print bureau on the corner of 13th and L. And everyone's sharing one floor.
They've been described as a library. We've called ourselves a circus.
So I guess my question is whether librarians and ringmasters can cohabitate in peace.
Probably not. Print's already moved in while we ship our stuff over in a few weeks. But in the meantime, select groups of us have been visiting for training sessions. And those groups -- of five or six people, at most -- have easily generated enough noise to distract the inkies from their work.
Now, imagine an entire floor moving in.
An entire. Floor.
Plus TVs. And radio equipment. And machines that take in broadcast feeds, along with others that play them.
And no, there aren't any partitioning walls.
Dees ees gonna be funnnnnnnnnnnn.... :-)continue...