Peter’s Quadrants: Four Types of Journalists

February 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

By some magical stroke of fortuitous nonsense, I was the clandestine uninvited guest to an invitation-only conference, “Journalism 101 for Scientists”, held in UWaterloo’s Davis Centre fishbowl  this past Tuesday.  On legitimate grounds, I did meet Peter Calamai before the conference, of course; but this post is about an awesome diagram that the man drew during the conference itself:

Stop laughing.  Aside from the illegibility, the illustration is perfect: it depicts — succinctly and humourously — the four types of journalists as a function of the amount of information they ask from their prospective researcher-interviewees, and the impact of their stories, once published or broadcast.

To do justice to its rightful and respective creator, I have affectionately named the following figure, “Peter’s Quadrants”:

What kind of journalist are you?

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