From the Rose Law Group Growlery
By Phil Riske | Senior reporter/writer
ournalists drink too much, are bad at managing emotions, and operate at a lower level than average, a new study claims.
The London Press Club study analyzed 40 journalists, and the objective was to determine how journalists can thrive under stress.
The results showed journalists’ brains were operating at a lower level than the average population, particularly because of their tendency to self-medicate with alcohol and caffeine
Journalists scored pretty high on:
Abstraction, the ability to deal with ideas rather than events.
Value tagging, the ability to assign values to different sensory cues, such as whether something is a priority or has meaning.
Compared with bankers, traders, or salespeople, journalists showed they were more able to cope with pressure. Traits that make journalism a stressful profession are deadlines, accountability to the public, unpredictable and heavy workloads, public scrutiny, repercussions on social media, and lower pay.
Of course we know 40 Brit journalists are not representative of American journalists.
“It is not yet peer reviewed, and the sample size is small, so the results should not be taken necessarily as fact,” the study notes.
Ergo, the study was just a slimy cheap shot at journalists.
So, in protest of the faulty findings, I’m going to taste a good wine, throw something at the wall, and publish my IQ (maybe).