Design blog Design*Sponge recently posted an article, written by a journalist, about what small business owners can expect from when contacted by the press.
I found the author's take on this to be a pretty accurate look at how I interview sources and write a subsequent story. A few tips for potential sources really resonated with me:
These tips are great, and really represent my point of view. I've been interviewed by other publications and media outlets, and I know it can be a nerve-wracking experience. You feel vulnerable. However, it's never my intention to make a source look bad. I want to tell a story that's truthful and accurate, as well as interesting to my readers. Plus, I work in small town. Reporters who have a history of misquoting people or otherwise writing unfair articles get reputations. It's in my best interest to tell the stories I write as fairly as possible.
Anyhow, this piece is so well done that I wanted to share.
- Meg Dickinson