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?