Journalists are odd. But not in the way you might think …
Posted by episode81 on July 1, 2009
On Tuesday, I attended a presentation hosted by the Western Automotive Journalists. It was all very interesting – both the presentation and the audience. I have never spent any time with journalists and didn’t really know what to expect. I was prepared to be appalled. Fortunately, I was disappointed. The people I spoke to were polite and insightful. Nothing like the journalists we see on the TV, chasing inexplicably well-known people down the street with a large furry microphone.
Anywho, I digress …
The talk was on a subject that I am familiar with, so I was keen to ask a few questions. As the speaker finished his presentation, I was taken aback at what happened next. Before I could react to the audio-visual clues that it was appropriate to ask questions, all the hands in the room went up as one. Completely synchronized. I was several seconds behind them. It really was one of the oddest things I have seen. I guess this is their business and they preempt what you and I would consider an appropriate pause, as the speaker finished his last sentence.
I concentrated hard and tried for the second go. Too late. Third time out of the gate I tried waving. Nope. Fourth time, I gave up and another odd thing happened. Several people pointed at me and I got to ask my first question. I waited a while, preparing my timing for another question. My timing sucks. The emcee announced that this would be the last question. I raised my hand, several seconds late, along with about 5 others. Another odd thing happened. They all put their hands down and awarded me the final question. Remarkable.
So, in summary, two news journalist facts:
- Automotive journalists should try out for Synchronized Swimming
- Automotive journalists are polite and insightful