Quiz: Are you a networked journalist?
Are you powering down the Information Superhighway, fueled by Google Juice bought with Social Capital? Or are you stuck in the News Cycle Lane pedalling the Penny Farthing of journalism?
Are you among the widows of journalism past – or the orphans of journalism future?*
Do you know your tweets from your twats? Your friends from your Friendster? In just 7 questions this quiz will determine – once and for all time, eternally – your value as an professional journalist in the networked economy**. Go ahead.
Question 1: You witness a car crash involving a Premiership footballer. Do you:
a) Whip out your iPhone and take photos that go straight onto Flickr and Twitpic. Then create a new venue on Foursquare: ‘scene of car crash’ – of which you are now mayor.
b) Phone into the office to ask them to send a photographer, then whip out your notebook and try to get a quote
c) Phone an ambulance, then rush over to help him
Question 2: The Prime Minister calls a press conference. As you rush off to attend do you:
a) Ask people on your blog to suggest what questions you should put to the PM
b) Ask people in your office what big issues you should raise
c) Ask your partner if your flies are undone
Question 3: When you arrive at the press conference do you:
a) Look for a wifi signal
b) Look for someone to interview
c) Look for the toilets
Question 4: A major international story breaks while you’re in the office. Do you:
a) Start scouring Twitter, Tweepsearch and Twitterfall to see if you can track down someone tweeting from the scene
b) Pick up the phone and call a relevant international agency for their 30th official quote of the hour
c) Turn on the TV
Question 5: You’re about to go home when the editor asks you for an 800 word background feature on an ongoing issue in your field. Do you:
a) Open up your Delicious account and look through all your bookmarks under the relevant tags – and those of your network. Then check LinkedIn for contacts.
b) Flick through your contacts book. Then search Google.
c) Say no – you have to pick up your kids from school
Question 6: The newsroom post contains a vaguely interesting press release. Do you:
a) Spend 10 seconds googling to see if it’s online, then bookmarking it on Delicious with a key passage, which is then automatically republished with a link to the source on your Twitter stream, blog, and 24 different social networks.
b) Spend 10 minutes rewriting it for a potential filler for the next day’s paper
c) Read something else
Question 7: A notorious local dies, suddenly. Do you:
a) Shamelessly lift a picture from their Facebook profile, and aggregate everything under the #deadlocal hashtag
b) Go through the cuttings files to pull together an obituary
c) Send a card
Are you a social journalist? Check your results:
Congratulations: you’re a social journalist. You are permanently connected to the online world of your readers and contacts. Permanently.
You’re an old school journalist. Your equipment doesn’t need a battery and a wifi signal. But occasionally a pen will leak all over your jacket’s inside pocket.
You’re a human being. Expect a P45 any day now.
A mix of the above
What do you think this is? A Mensa test? OK, so you’re complicated. Do us all a favour and find a pigeonhole to sit in for once.
*Sub editing joke.
**Because you need external validation from someone you’ve never met before, obviously.
PS: You may want to add your own questions – this would be welcome.