Long ago, there was Cnet's Paul Festa. When Festa went (finally) away, I thought we could take tech journalism practices back to normal. Seems I was wrong. Here's a summary of things that happened to me in the last months:
- (someone to me) Hello Daniel, I am forwarding below an interview request from a journalist who says he misses your email to ping you
- (me to that someone) thanks, will reply.
- (me to journalist) got your request, expect answer to all questions soon
- (me to journalist) here are the replies. Best regards.
No ACK, no thanks, no reply, no notification the article will be published, no notification the article was published. In short, the journalist never said me a single word directly. That person is now blacklisted. Can still leave that black list if there are some sort of apologies.
- (journalist to me at 7pm PST) hello M. Glazman, I'm writing an article about blah, I know you're based in Europe but could I call you on the phone in the next half hour?
7pm PST is 4am here. I was of course in front of my computer at 4am waiting for a journalist's email and ready to take a call from the US at 4:30am. Of course.
- (journalist to me) so what's your activity/title at W3C?
- (me to journalist) I am co-chairing the CSS Working Group
Article is published, of course w/o notification. I am listed there as "W3C Chairman". Obviously.
- (me to journalist) hello, you interviewed me a few weeks ago and now that the article is published (you did not notify me, did you?), I discover at least one paragraph with quotes from me completely opposite to what I precisely said. What I precisely said is « blah », and you can see it's totally different from the contents of the article so could you please fix this in your article?
- (journalist to me) this is not my recollection of the interview
- (me to journalist) well, you recorded the interview so you can check ; please check.
- (journalist to me) sorry but I don't have time for that
- (me to journalist) again, the words put in my mouth by your article are absolutely not the ones I said, will you fix them yes or no?
No answer, article unfixed. Journalist permanently blacklisted.
- (very polite journalist to me) hello Daniel, first let me introduce myself blah blah if you have some time to answer some questions, I'd be happy to blah blah and best regards looking forward to blah blah
- (me to journalist) sure, no problem ! send me your questions and I'll reply immediately !
- (me to journalist) hello, did you send your questions?
- (me to journalist) hello, I still haven't received your questions...
Strange, to say the least.
- (journalist to me, precise words, only translated from french) hello, I am a journalist at blah, here are 5 questions. Please answer.
In one word only: no. I was polite enough to reply "No, thanks".
- (journalist to me) hello, would you answer a few questions about the future of PHP?
Do I really need to explain?