Burning issue of the day: Messy desk, messy mind?

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Media Jobs Daily shameless swiped from TV Newser, and now we swipe from both for the burning question of the day:  Can a journalist’s desk be neat?

Charlie Gasparino of Fox Business Network says no:  in the clip below, spotlighting his in chaotic workspace, he claims that “any reporter that has a neat desk isn’t a reporter.”

Mike Janssen offers this thought:

What do you think? My desk is tidy, and I am a reporter, dammit. But as we move to using less paper and more pixels, maybe it’s not the desk that matters, but the Desktop. And I won’t vouch for the state of that.

I find this conversation personally reassuring.  I take the view that someone once explained to me, “If a messy desk signals a messy mind — what does an empty desk show?”

Postscript: Dave Lull writes with this link, “Neatness doesn’t count after all – tidy vs. untidy desks” to reassure me.

But as if to tweak my guilt again, Patrick Kurp of Anecdotal Evidence writes: ‘I’m a fastidious desk-keeper, by the way. A newspaper editor once purposely seated me beside another reporter whose desk was a landfill, just to bug me.”


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