If you are a member of the media and you are reading this we assume you’ve done your research and know a lot about us.
If you are looking for a story opportunity or interview then introduce yourself and who you are preparing whatever it is you are preparing for. We’ve talked with many many people who have professed to be honest and ethical journalists and we’ve discovered through too much experience that very very few are what they profess to be. But you know this already because you’ve already done some research.
Here’s a post on a recent experience. http://russgeorge.net/2014/07/19/tim-parsons-new-york-times/
If you are not deterred go ahead and introduce yourself and tell us what’s on your mind. Explain to us why you can be trusted and how you are willing to provide tangible proof and the means to hold you true to your trustworthiness.
You can of course short-cut your way to a story by simply thinking of your questions and then searching this blog for the answers. Likely every question we’d be willing to answer is answered here. You can then pose your story as based on Q&A with the abundance of answers you find here. What could be more simple. Be sure to reference and credit this blog with links to it in any story you prepare using materials herein.
Having struggled with the matter of media access I received this advice from a dear friend who now retired spent a lifetime as a highly acclaimed writer and journalist.
To: Russ George
Subject: Re: news on me and my work to bring back the fish
You are not the first to trust an untrustworthy journalist, and will not be the last, alas. I have even gone through it myself. They always have that clear-eyed air of sincerity, as if they want to do the right thing. And then they betray you.
Hunter Thompson had it right. He consented an interview with a female journalist if she would agree to be photographed licking whipped cream off his pe**s. He would hold the picture as a security against her betraying him when she wrote about him. Unfortunately she didn’t go for the deal. But that’s the kind of thing you would have to do, to get a typical East Coast journalist to honor a commitment.