“The Office” has global appeal, even though most of us have never worked for “a regional paper and office supply distributor,” as the fictional company Dunder Mifflin describes itself. The petty politics, misguided management and odd personalities depicted on the show ring true at any kind of company or business.
Newsrooms are offices, and they are similar to the one portrayed in “The Office.” Many newsrooms are laid out like the office on the show, with the staff clustered in groups of desks and management peering out from glassed-in offices. Indeed, as I watch the U.S. version of “The Office” every week, I occasionally have flashbacks to my newsroom experiences. Others have made the same connection.
So what would the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin look like if it suddenly gave up office supplies and took up journalism? Here’s a possible newsroom reorganization for The Dunder Mifflin Times.
Managing editor: Michael Scott (also serves as business editor and movie critic)
Assistant (to the) managing editor: Dwight Schrute (serves as wire editor, sports editor and city editor)
Features editor: Kelly Kapoor (also in charge of Facebook page and Twitter feed)
Web editor: Ryan Howard
Reporters: Andy Bernard, Karen Filippelli, Jim Halpert, Stanley Hudson
Copy editors: Creed Bratton (desk chief), Oscar Nunez, Kevin Malone
Clerk for obits and sports agate: Mose Schrute
News research/party planning: Phyllis Lapin, Angela Martin
Photos/multimedia: Meredith Palmer
Graphics/page designer: Pam Beesly
Executive editor: Jan Levinson
Publisher: David Wallace
Pressroom foreman: Darryl Philbin
Human resources: Toby Flenderson