Friday, December 23, 2005

Coverage: Journal Gazette/Times Courier

Blog vs. News
Blog wins this round!

Is mainstream media really this desperate for content that they would rush a story to press without using/reading the interview they requested? Apparently so. I was recently contacted by Nathaniel West, a staff writer for a newspaper group in Illinois, Mattoon Journal Gazette, the Charleston Times-Courier and Decatur Herald & Review. He requested an interview, which turned out to be an email questionaire. I replied giving him a very detailed perspective into Camera Toss and how it all got started, why people are doing it, etc etc. A wonderful foundation upon which to write an article, a better perspective than even the Washington Post got, which interviewed me by phone last month.

Then he published before receiving it, or even reading it (apparently). Less than 30 hours had elapsed. I realize we live in a short attention span theatre these days, but I'd hoped that at least reporters would read interviews, ones they themselves requested.

Needless to say i'm fairly disappointed, and also mildly offended. Primarily because it was a serious waste of my time. So in order to un-waste my time I'm publishing the interview here, for all his readers who make their way to the blog he is reporting on!

A Detailed Camera Toss Interview!
aka A brief history of Camera Toss

I'm not slamming all news, it just seems some are much more professional than others. Both the Post, and Der Spiegel did a wonderful job. This just drives home that it's about time to put together a press kit.

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