Journalists: how not to win contacts

There’s an impassioned rant on the Soilman blog about the general rudeness and disorganisation of journalists who send cold emails to try to get input for their copy, and then totally ignore any positive response they are given by the potential contact. 

It’s worth reading – both by newbie or student journalists and by those who have been in the trade a while. 

It’s happened to me too. I responded to a request on a journalism forum a few months ago by a student who wanted some advice and feedback on her blog from a blogging journalist. “Sure,” I said. “I do that. I’d be happy to help.” And got no reply at all. 

So, there you have it – if someone takes the trouble to reply to you, when they really don’t have to – acknowledge them.


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One response to “Journalists: how not to win contacts

  1. It’s not just journalists who are rude. I’ve written plenty of emails to which I’ve not had a reply and that includes trying to buy goods from various companies.

    It’s all too much trouble for some to even be polite. One strike and they’re out and I take my custom elsewhere!

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