I am a journalist, I tell the man in the chair behind the desk in front of me ("journalist" no longer an inaccurate self-approximation, although I wonder if perhaps "anthropologist," or "detective," would be more apt, if not increasingly unsettling for whoever is on the other end; in this case, the man in the chair behind the desk in front of me; in this case, him).
But I designate myself as a journalist. The Washington Star, I say. Crime and Politics. Mostly the former, I say, but then, you can't really untwine the two, now can you?