Got a Crush on a Journalist? Skip the Cheesy Pick-up Lines

I used to think pick-up lines were a thing of the past. Not so. Throughout the past year, I’ve had three guys use the same pick-up line on me. I’m beginning to think there are profession-specific pick-up lines. If you’re an auditor, maybe the line would be, “Hey, can I call you if I need help with my taxes?” If you’re a travel agent, it could be: “You’re in the travel business? Can you help me book a flight for two?” Or, if you work at a bakery maybe it’s: “This is one heck of a pastry. I have to say, you’re one of the sweetest girls I’ve met.”

The journalism pick-up line/conversation goes something like this:

Guy with bad pick-up line: “Hey, how’s it going?

Me: Hi, good thanks, you?

Guy: Pretty good. Just hanging out. So, um, what do you do?

Me: I’m a reporter.

Guy: Oh, you are?! Nice! What do you write about?

Me: Right now, I’m writing for a Web site and for my local paper.

Guy: Well, that means I can look up your articles online, then, right?

Me: Yup, you can.

Guy: Well, I’ll need your name to do that! (he says, opening up his phone).

Me: It’s Mallary.

Guy: Oh, well I’ll read your articles and then call you or text you to let you know what I think! What’s your number? (trying to be slick, forgetting that he’ll probably need my last name, too, to find my articles.)

I’m left trying to decide if I should give him my number.

And I’m left wondering: Do cheesy pick-up lines every really work?


Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

2 thoughts on “Got a Crush on a Journalist? Skip the Cheesy Pick-up Lines

  1. My go-to line:

    “Your breasts are like Mount Rushmore, because someday my face will be among them.”

    It’ll work someday, I know it!

  2. Ha! Hilarious. And I have to admit, I was expecting something waaay worse, with a weird double entendre about deadlines or “deep background” or something…

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