(Almost) Everything I Learned about Journalism I Learned From "The Paper" By chris 11/11/2013 US News A few things have influenced my journalism career: My time at my college paper, my high school yearbook editor, and "The Paper." No, no, not the 1994 Ron Howard movie about journalism - the short-lived MTV 2008 reality show about a high school newsroom. The show, which lasted eight episodes, focused on editor-in-chief Amanda and the Cypress Bay High School newsroom staff who hated her. LOTS of journalism lessons here. Consistent gray scale tint is VERY IMPORTANT This is why journalists use reporter notebooks So they don't have to write like this. You have to do whatever it takes to get newspapers in readers' hands Cross-dresser in hyphenated There's two ways to deal with deadlines... Don't procrastinate Or just go ahead and procrastinate Singing in the newsroom is always tolerated OK, not always tolerated Because you spend most of your life in the newsroom, don't be surprised when you hook up with a coworker Despite everyone's best efforts typos and errors are going to happne Newsroom communication is crucial It's important not to exaggerate It's good to know how to handle rejection well These are REAL journalist reactions... It's important to know how to spell Put all your thoughts on Post-It Notes You gotsta look good for your press pass photo Journos love themselves some pizzzzzza!!!!!! Always reward yourself with fist pump when you're accomplished something Always know who's responsible for PDF-ing Seriously, PDFs are very important to journalists It's good to have confidence You can never have enough exclamation points Ok, this one actually might not be true. When you lose a front page story the only correct response is... ... to run like hell to find a new story Ice cream is one thing that can bring journalists together If everyone in the newsroom hates your guts and you've just been selected as editor in chief, DO NOT refer to yourself as "the big cheese" No one will judge you if you edit on the john Absolutely no one There IS crying in journalism The life of newspaper ad rep is hectic Pleasantries like "nice" and "please" are overrated in a newsroom Sleep is also overrated Journalism can be a cruel, cruel world Every college and high school newsroom is filled with Macs Be appreciative of your hardworking, underpaid staff But its important not to be an "overbearing" EIC You will wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat over deadlines It's a rush to see someone reading your story in the newspaper It's important to have values When you have your first story published it's important to take a few extra copies for family and friends It's good team camaraderie to mock the competition This is a totally appropriate way to respond to a question in the newsroom Editing is crucial And you don't always have to edit in red pen. Follow NewsCastic on Facebook and learn more about our mission. Subscribe to get the best US stories delivered free right to your inbox. Yes Please! Thank you for subscribing!