Documenting Conversations on ‘Overheard in the Newsroom’

You know those days when you hear something so ridiculous or funny in the office that you just want to share it with someone? Well, now there’s apparently a Web site journalists can use to anonymously do just that.

I don’t know how legitimate the site is, and I wonder how true some of the “overheard conversations” are, but the site grabbed my interest nonetheless. Some of the comments are crass and not related to journalism, while others would make most any journalist used to working in the newsroom say: “I hate when that happens!” or “Seriously?!” Even though the posts are anonymous, I wonder about the ethics of posting to such a site.

Here are a couple of overheard lines from the last few days:

–“Do you guys take letters to the editor over the phone?”

–On deadlines: “They are just suggestions.”

–“I’m actually on deadline, but for you I’ll talk.”

–A producer talking out loud to herself about making a mug shot: “Hmm… I think I’m going to need to cut off a couple of his chins to make him fit.”

–Citizen catches several large catfish and wanted a photo of it run in the paper. Reporter: “Where do you want these catfish?”
Editor: “A frying pan works.”

The site reminds me a bit of the “Stuff Journalists Like” blog.

What do you think about “Overheard in the Newsroom”?

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

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