Are You a Journalist?

With the rise of bloggers and organizations like Wikileaks, confusion reigns over who is a journalist and who is a pretender. The Village Board has put together this test to help.

The test consists of 20 multiple choice questions, covering personal matters and hypothetical situations. Pick the answer that is most accurate and respond as honestly as you can. After taking the test, click the “Calculate Score” button. Your score will be tabulated and you will be directed to a page where you will be apprised of your status.

          1. What are you wearing?

Business casual.
A T shirt and jeans.
A bathrobe.

2. Pets?

Dog(s).
A cat.
More than one cat.

3. What is your primary mode of transportation?

An import sedan, $50,000-plus sticker price
A fuel efficient compact, $20,000 sticker price.
A bicycle.

4. How do you fly?

Private jet, or commercial (first class) in a pinch.
Commercial, coach.
I don’t fly, I take the bus.

5. Which of the following most closely describes your primary residence?

10,000-plus square foot home.
1,000-square-foot apartment.
350-square-foot basement in parents’ home.

6. How many followers do you have on Twitter?

10,000+.
Less than 10,000.
I'm not on Twitter.

7. Describe your experience with TED.

I’ve given a TED talk.
I’ve seen a TED talk.
What’s TED?

8. Who was the last person in a position of power with whom you spoke?

The president.
The UPS delivery man.
A customer support representative in India.

9. Describe the circumstances of your last appearance on television:

On a national network/cable news show, discussing important issues.
At a city/town council meeting, outlining opposition to plans for a new Wal-Mart.
On a traffic camera, running a red light.

10. Which of the following three events are you most likely to attend in the next year?

Davos.
Comic Con.
A family member’s wedding.

11. A journalist should:

Offer perspectives from the left and the right.
Offer perspectives from the center and the right.
Advocate for one side.

12. You're ready to go to press with a hot story, but the White House asks you to delay publication for national security reasons. You:

Delay publication indefinitely.
Delay publication for one year.
Ignore the request and run the story right away.

13. Wall Street billionaire Pete Peterson offers you a handsome sum to join his Fix the Debt campaign. You:

Deposit the check and get to work on a story about the looming Social Security crisis.
Politely decline due to conflict of interest concerns.
Angrily decline and then write an indignant blog post about it.

14. “Classified Information” is:

Whatever the government says it is.
Information that, if revealed, could endanger American lives.
An oxymoron.

15. In your opinion, which of the following journalists best exemplified the ideals of the profession?

David Broder.
Walter Cronkite.
Helen Thomas.

16. Stephen Colbert’s 2006 speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner was:

Devoid of humor and full of cheap shots.
Mildly amusing, at best.
Hilarious and on the mark.

17. The Vice President invites you to a "Beach Bash" at his home. You:

Change into a Hawaiian shirt, grab your Super Soaker and head on over.
Attend, but worry briefly over the appearance of getting too cozy with the politicians you cover.
Decline the invite.

18. Bilderberg is:

A harmless annual meeting of international movers and shakers that is closed to the press.
A relatively harmless gathering that, nevertheless, should be open to the press.
A cornerstone of the New World Order.

19. In the run-up to the War in Iraq, the press:

Reported information as accurately as possible.
Made some mistakes that were understandable in light of the heightened emotions in the United States following 9/11.
Broadcast propaganda from the military-industrial complex.

20. The Internet is:

The death knell of reasoned discourse.
A mixed blessing.
The last bastion of good journalism.


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