Another article I found on PR Daily was about things that annoy journalists, and I found it very appealing to our class and what we are talking about. I’ll go over a couple I thought were very important, and leave the rest for you to find out.
“Just following up”: Journalists and bloggers are very busy and have all their own stuff to do, and sending a phone call or email to follow up on something you sent or saw isn’t on the top of their list. They’ll get back to you when they can, and don’t need constant reminders of their failures to get back to you when they have a pile of other assignments to work on.
“Friending” them on Facebook: You read their articles, that doesn’t mean you’re their friend. If they have a “fan page”, that could be completely different, but if you specifically add them as a friend, that’s getting into their personal life and disrespecting their privacy. Their Facebook page may be reserved for their actual friends and family, and they don’t want their readers to be in on all that information.
It’s important to remember that journalists and bloggers are people just like us, and they want privacy just like everybody else. When we come at them like their people we can pick at for information regardless of their other schedules and assignments, they’ll get tired of us and want us to simply go away. Respect them like you would want to be respected and remember that we are all human beings here.
You can see the rest of the list here.