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Interview duds

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by copperpot, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. copperpot

    copperpot Well-Known Member

    We had a guy come in yesterday to interview for an entry-level news reporter position. Editor asks him what he'd do if a house in the next town was on fire. He said he'd try to find buckets so he could bring water "since the most important thing to do is put out the fire." Once the fire was extinguished and he was sure everyone was safely out, he'd look for people to talk to, he said.

    Editor said it was the first interview he ever did that he just wanted to cut the guy off and say, "Thanks, but no thanks." But he didn't, so the ME got this gem.

    ME says, "Imagine you're covering a meeting that's not going to make the next day's paper. What do you do to make it fresh?"

    Guy says, "I'd write it in the past tense."

    What does that even mean??
     
  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    At least he didn't say he'd refrigerate the story to keep it fresh.
     
  3. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

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  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Buckets? Was this guy born in the 18th century?
     
  5. I would have written it in the future tense.

    Wait, what was the question?
     
  6. markvid

    markvid Guest

    Ok, may I ask a stupid question?
    As someone who is not in the paper side, just TV production, what WOULD you do to make a meeting story fresh?
    Get quotes from those involved in issues discussed at the meeting?
     
  7. spaceman

    spaceman Active Member

    i thought this was another thread about what to wear to an interview.
     
  8. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    Sounds like a "citizen journalist."

    Past tense. What a moran.
     
  9. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Have I shared this? I interviewed a guy in a paisley dress shirt.
     
  10. Some Guy

    Some Guy Active Member

    Maybe it was laundry day.
     
  11. GBNF

    GBNF Active Member

    I interviewed a guy in a Pirate shirt. Jerry something or other.
     
  12. forever_town

    forever_town Active Member

    I've seen some interviewees come in dressed a little too casually for my tastes. The worst offender in my book was a freelance photog who was interviewing for a full-time reporter position. It was a courtesy interview because his clips were pretty weak.

    He came in with a shirt and tie all right, but he was wearing JEANS. Fucking jeans. After I specifically told him to dress for an interview.

    Needless to say, he didn't get the job...
     
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