I may not have mentioned, but I was promoted a few weeks back from 'senior layout sub editor' to 'assistant web editor'. Fear not: I still spend a goodly proportion of my day subbing, for both print and web.
Anyway, I was stopped at lunchtime today by a couple of middle-aged female market researchers, who wanted to know whether I could help them with their survey.
"Um, maybe," I said.
"First we have to check that you don't work in any of these professions," market researcher A told me, handing me a list.
I looked at the list and there at the top was 'journalist'.
"Sorry, I'm a journalist," I ventured.
"What's your exact job title?" market researcher A asked me.
"Assistant web editor," I replied.
"Oh, that'll be OK, it's only IT," market researcher B told market researcher A.
I didn't stick around to complete the survey...
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