I’m a freelance writer working for a local newspaper. I’d been assigned to write an article about a local theater company that was leaving town. I spent several weeks trying to get in touch with the director of the theater company, leaving him numerous phone messages and E-mail asking him to call me back.
Three weeks go by. Nothing.
So I finally decide to talk to someone else from the company. He happily gives me all the information I need for my article. I wrote it up, sent it off, and my editors loved it.
The next day, the papers are printed and distributed. Guess who calls the office in a huff? Yup…Mr. Theater Director who suddenly has all the time in the world to piss and moan about the article. Unfortunately, I wasn’t present for the conversation, but from what I understand, it went something like this:
Director: I am appalled that your writer didn’t talk to me at all before running this article! She didn’t even try to contact me!
Editor: That’s a lie. This writer called and E-mailed you several times over the past few weeks requesting an interview. Why are you just now responding to this?
Director: Well…I didn’t think she was actually going to WRITE the article!