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Slang to learn and use: "parka journalism"

I thought for sure my husband and I got this term from somewhere else, so imagine my surprise when I did a Google search on "parka journalism" and turned up zilch. Maybe we adapted it from a similar term. Maybe we invented it whole-cloth. In any case, it's useful for hurricane season, so try it out and spread it around.

parka journalism, n.: A piece of television news reporting wherein the anchor, wearing a protective parka (a.k.a. "anorak," "raincoat," etc.), goes out into bad weather and delivers the news from there, to show his/her unshakable devotion to the story.

Ex.: "With this snowstorm on the way, we sure are seeing a lot of parka journalism."

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mollyringle
Aug. 18th, 2004 08:49 pm (UTC)
Hehe! They do the same here, with Anchor Standing Outside The White House (or the state capitol, or whatever), as if they've just been inside talking to the government and have rushed out to give us the details. Yeah, sure. :)