Dating a Journalist – Pros, Cons, Relationship Advice & More

Last Updated on February 13, 2023

If you went out on a date recently with someone who revealed themselves as a journalist, keep reading. If you are currently dating a journalist, you will likely agree with the list of pros and cons we’ll be providing below. In today’s age, there are those who have strong opinions about the media in general.

Besides the point, journalists may be some of the most interesting people in the world. Their job takes them places and allows them to meet new people. It gives them the opportunity to tell stories that can captivate an audience. When they are off-camera or not busy writing something up, they live life just like the rest of us.

But when you are dating a journalist, it does have its advantages and disadvantages. For that reason, we will unveil our list below. This is something to take note of if you even think that dating a journalist may be something that interests you.

You’re probably not considering specific occupations as part of your dating criteria. But you’re someone who wants to know more about the person whether you meet them on Tinder or out and about. With that said, let’s dive right into the pros and cons of dating a journalist:


Pros of Dating a Journalist

They are excellent communicators

Needless to say, communication is super key with a romantic partner. When you are dating a journalist and hold communication as a high standard in a relationship, this will definitely work in your favor. And if you hate awkward silence or conversations going nowhere, no journalist will ever allow that.

The reason being is because they ask the questions that get the conversations flowing. Journalists know when to ask the right questions at the right time. Who knew their occupational skills would help them get a leg up in the dating world?

They are punctual

Are you the kind of person that hates being late for things? Guess what? You likely won’t have to worry about that when dating a journalist.

Journalists work with deadlines. For this reason, punctuality is what they do best. When they are not making revisions for the article that will be running in tomorrow’s paper, they are following a schedule to where they are getting ready for a date.

They start getting ready and want to be out the door by a certain time. The common denominator: they value not only their time, but also yours. If you and your journalist partner are punctual, then odds are the relationship will go well.

They are excellent storytellers

Hardly a surprise, if at all. Journalists tell them for a living. But when they are off the clock, those abilities don’t go away.

They could be telling stories about their childhood, their travels, or whatever topic comes to mind. A good trait that people should have when they want to be interesting to others is the ability to tell stories. Oh and those stories are guaranteed NOT to be snoozers.

You can expect these stories to have a certain set of emotions. They can make you laugh, cry, get angry, or whatever else. To put it another way, these stories will also kill any awkward silence that could otherwise exist.

They can handle almost any situation

Life can throw strange curves. For most people, it’ll throw them for a loop. But for a journalist, they can handle them like it’s just another day at the office.

With the stories that they cover and the crazy developments that follow, journalists are prepared for the surprises that can come out of nowhere. In short, they stay calm and do their best to handle what crazy situations could be going on in their personal lives.

If you are someone who is level-headed and calm under pressure or chaos, dating a journalist and handling curveballs can be as epic as a tag-team wrestling match.

They are energetic

At this point, you’re probably seeing a common denominator. In case you don’t, it’s this: journalists are not boring people. And non-boring people have energy.

Journalists put a lot of energy into getting stuff done at work. However, that energy will be carried into their personal lives as well. If you are someone who likes to be adventurous and spontaneous, there’s a good chance that a journalist will leverage their energy and it will turn into something memorable between the two of you.

Cons of Dating a Journalist

Now that we’ve taken a look at the pros, we’ll dive into the cons. At this point, you may think that dating a journalist will equal out to the perfect relationship. Well, not so fast.

There are some disadvantages as well. Let’s take a look at what they are:

They are usually busy

Let’s face it: journalists have deadlines to meet. And that means they will be busy a good part of the time. So the availability will be hit and miss.

This can be understandable for the person who is respectful of someone’s time and is non-needy. But if you are the opposite of this, dating a journalist will not go as well. You can text or call them but they’ll be unresponsive for a lengthy period of time.

Journalists need plenty of concentration and fewer distractions. Their schedule may also be all over the place. If you are patient and respectful of a person’s time, use that opportunity to do your own things.

They can cancel plans without warning

Consider this our warning to you instead of your date. Journalists can and will cancel any date plans or the like without warning. Especially at the last minute.

That’s because anything newsworthy never sleeps. If their boss assigns them a breaking story, they have to get it done. If you are someone that hates it when someone cancels, dating a journalist won’t work out for you.

But this won’t be a big deal if you are someone who has a backup plan if and when things go south. If your date cancels, you could call a friend and have a night out together. Or you can do something else that will make you feel happy and fulfilled.

Date plans can be canceled at any time. Try not to take it personally. There usually is ‘some other time’.

They can ‘pry’ without you even knowing

Have you ever heard of those stories about people ‘Googling’ the names of their significant others? Or maybe you’ve done that yourself. Journalists can do that and then some.

They will usually have access to databases on the Internet that include information that will be of public knowledge. This includes criminal records, background checks, or something similar. And during all of this, you won’t even know.

If you have something that you are ashamed of, you better be ready to do some explaining. Or the journalist will probably tell you that things won’t be working out because of something damning they have discovered. Another thing is that they can use something against you if the relationship ends on a sour note.

For that reason, they could use that to their advantage while hampering your future dating prospects. Granted, it may be a dirty trick a journalist could have up their sleeve. However, journalists will need to follow a code of ethics if they are on the clock.

They can be critically opinionated

Here’s the thing: we all have our own opinions. And we could be dating someone whose views differ from ours. For journalists, they are critically opinionated. And it can get to the point where it can really test one’s patience.

Expect a journalist to have an opinion about everything from politics to the restaurants you have eaten at in the last month.

Those opinions could even turn simple questions like ‘where should we go out to eat tonight’ into a spat. But don’t let the thought of arguing over the trivial stuff get you both down.

Why Should You Date A Journalist?

Now that we have laid out the pros and cons, let’s talk about why you should date a journalist? To be clear, we’re not saying you have to. But if you can handle the advantages and disadvantages, it may not be such a bad idea.

For one, journalists will be as transparent as possible. We know what you’re thinking: people in the media are liars. But there are those out there that still believe in honesty and integrity.

Not to mention, they are adventurous and interesting people. They are always doing something that is story-worthy, even if it’s not work-related. So if you are someone who likes adventure, a journalist is someone you can discover one with wherever that may be.

Final Thoughts

If you recently went on a date with someone who is a journalist, the pros and cons should be a good indicator of whether or not you should continue the relationship. If you can handle the disadvantages, go for it. If you are someone who may be considered ‘needy’, running late constantly, or just plain boring then things may not work out.

John Santana

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