I just saw a report on N24 from Alabama on Hurricane Ivan and had to chuckle. A friend from school became a reporter and told me of their initiation rite - the new boy/girl would be sent out to get pictures of the hurricane while everyone else sat in safety laughing at their stupidity. And here is a Brit doing it! A bit embarrassing really. The same friend moved to Atlanta when I did and he said their initiation was to send them up to the top of the local mountain to report on the first snow - every year they got stranded and had to be airlifted off. Do the British media have any initiation rites? At least any they're willing to talk about...
Not so sure about "initiation rites"... but at a newspaper I worked at, one of the reporters wasnt very well liked.
So one day the newsdesk made up a story for him to chase... They sent him out to a village, where - they claimed - there had been complaints about singing refuse collectors disturbing the peace early in the morning.
"Just go out and talk to a few people, and see what you can find, Bob" they told him, barely hiding their guffaws.
However they were stunned a couple of hours later when Bob called in.
"I've got plenty of quotes. AND I've even found the offending dustbin men," he said. "And they will pose for a picture!!!!"
Very good, thanks. I've had lots of emails about this from people who say they can't respond on here with funny stories, shame you missed them! I have to say though, that it rather defeats the purpose of a forum. Never mind, the emails were fun.