Date: 5/5/18 3:12 pm From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660...> Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Louisiana Life birding article
If we've met, I profess senior amnesia as I don't recall who you are and whether or not you're in the news media. As I've said elsewhere in association with this "thread", I always prepared a 2-3 page, double-spaced report on the topic when a reporter was coming to interview me about a topic associated with my work - crawfish, in general, and, crawfish-bird interaction, in particular. Reporters, print or radio/TV don't have a lot of space/time. I made it a point to include pros/cons.
I started doing this after I had an experience somewhat similar to Nancy's. Except in my case, I spoke to the reporter and the reporter got it ALL wrong.
I wanted the reporters to have the facts whether or not they used them. I rarely had any "issues" with reports after I started doing that.
Now, in regards to the NY Times, I simply don't recall how I was contacted by a science reporter for that paper but I was contacted by a nice lady who came to interview me about crawfish and birds. Crawfish systems provide invaluable habitat for birds, especially those that eat crawfish - ask LDWF about their whoopers nesting in crawfish ponds and their wayward flock of about 8 or so DUMB whoopers that keep walking around public highways adjacent to crawfish-rice (working wetland) complexes in SW Louisiana.
I don't think the lady reporter sent me her copy to review but it was to the point and correct as regards the controversy between the farmers and the environmentalist who seem to think birds are "good" for crawfish ponds by thinning out smaller crawfish.
Lazy reporters deserve to be chastised for poor reporting BUT one issue is their editors. A report may be proper and to the point but the editor removes enough words to make it a cruddy report!
Remember, in politics, the most important thing is to make sure your name is spelled correctly!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Johnston" <cmjohnston...>
Sent: Saturday, May 5, 2018 3:15:35 PM
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Louisiana Life birding article
It is a generally accepted rule in journalism that you never let the
people you have interviewed review the piece prior to publication. They may
call you back to verify any quotes prior to publication, but this varies
greatly by the newspaper or magazine they are employed by and is
influenced by how close the reporter is to the publication deadline and how
busy they are (reporters today are very busy).
Some reporters will allow subjects to review pieces but it is highly
unusual and done on a case-by-case basis. For instance, NY TImes does not
allow it under any circumstance.
On Wed, May 2, 2018 at 9:39 AM Nancy L Newfield <nancy...>
> Jane et al.,
> Sometime in the past, I made a vow never to give interviews to newspapers.
> Lo and behold, I refused the "Times Picayune", so they wrote an article
> about me anyway, mentioning some of the plants [NOT] that I grew. I was so
> fried about it that I consulted a lawyer about filing suit but I was
> assured that unless I had had major financial losses from the erroneous
> 'information', I did not have 'cause'. Unfortunately, not all people who
> write for publications adhere to real professional standards.
> In 2014, I was interviewed by an editor for the Wall Street Journal. He
> was appalled when I related the above and he called me back several times
> to make sure he was stating things correctly. That is professionalism.
> On Wed, May 2, 2018 at 9:18 AM, Jane Patterson <seejanebird...>
> > Unfortunately, we are rarely granted the opportunity to review these
> > articles prior to publication. It's not a bad article and does have
> > photos of birds to grab folks' attention,even if they're not all our
> > birds! For the record, I did not say that Peveto Woods is one of the
> > highest places in the state (!) What I probably said was that it's one
> > the places with the highest number of bird species recorded....sigh...
> > --Jane Patterson
> > On Tue, May 1, 2018 at 9:29 PM, Kevin Morgan <cowboyinbrla...>
> > > LABIRD -
> > >
> > > The current, ie May/June, issue of "Louisiana Life" (glossy magazine,
> > 6-ish
> > > times a year) has a not-horrible article on birding around the state,
> > > including
> > > clips from interviews with some names some of you may recognize.
> > > Unfortunately,
> > > the photos they use to illustrate the article, while lovely, even
> > > stunning, in
> > > many cases don't fit.
> > >
> > > For instance, in the section on "Acadiana", the article mentions Lake
> > > Martin,
> > > and it mentions that you can see (among other species) kingfishers
> > > But
> > > the photo referenced is not a Belted Kingfisher, nor even the
> > long-staying
> > > Ringed Kingfisher that was there for a few years, but the Common
> > > Kingfisher of
> > > Eurasia and North Africa.
> > >
> > > In the Northern Louisiana section, they mention that you can see Horned
> > > Grebes
> > > in the winter, but the photo they used is of a breeding plumage bird we
> > are
> > > distinctly unlikely to see in the state. And in the section on the
> > > when
> > > describing the birds that can be seen at Peveto Woods, they refer to
> > > grosbeaks,
> > > but we're treated not to a Rose-breasted or Blue Grosbeak, or even a
> > > Black-headed, but an Evening Grosbeak. At least they didn't use a
> > > Grosbeak or a Pine Grosbeak - small blessings, I suppose.
> > >
> > > There's a digital edition at
> http://www.myneworleans.com/Louisiana-Life/ > > > (right-hand side of that page).
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Kevin Morgan
> > > Baton Rouge LA
> > >
> Nancy L Newfield
> Casa Colibrí
> Metairie, Louisiana USA