Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Try not to tick off the E&A Editor – please

A general arts coverage policy I adhere to is if you can’t say anything nice to say anything at all.

Now I’ve started to notice, nice media girls sometimes finish last, and every so often you need to be straight up, and maybe negative.

First about the finishing last, I made a good chunk of last weeks E section zombie related. Here’s a personal fact about myself – I hate zombies. No joke. My husband watched “28 Days Later” in another room and I was plagued with nightmares all night. I am petrified of a potential zombie attack; they freak me out more than any other kind of monster.

Ok so despite my personal bias against the undead, I made them a large feature in my section. A local band was featured in the story; they created seven zombie music videos to carry the plot of a bunch of other local zombie music videos. You can read the story here if you are interested (http://www.eurekareporter.com/article/080725-zombies-attack).

I didn’t list this band with the other artists and their songs, and their name failed to be bolded. This band was highlighted in the story, a band member was on the front cover, and all two members were quoted somewhere in the story. Good press? You would think.

An irate band member came into my office last Friday and proceeded to tell me how poorly I’m doing my job.

When I pressed him for more information of what I did wrong, he was mostly upset about the layout and that we didn’t run their picture. Although he did admit that having pictures of zombies was better than band members. He said this was just the tip of the ice berg and my story was not the end all and be all of his problems. He still went away angry.

Then, he left a message on my photographer’s voice mail calling me Wendy. Everything else I could forgive, but this was the last straw.

Here’s a note for band who might want to come by and berate the entertainment girl, be sure you know which one you are chewing out.

(Wendy was the old ER Entertainment editor.)

Another tip for getting more coverage – don’t chew out the person who can give it you. If you don’t like the way he/she covered a story, write up a polite e-mail giving them constructive criticism they can use in the future, or if it’s a factual error ask them to run a correction, not everyone is perfect.

I would like to have the scene know that I go out of my way to put locals on the cover and in the E Section. I get five decent press kits a day from bands all over the country coming through for a one show gig, I can easily take their pretty press photos and slap them on a page and call it good. But I take time tracking down local bands and artists to get them in the paper.

So here’s what you can do for me.

  1. If you are a local band or have a favorite local band – send me contact information (numbers, e-mail addresses, pager number) and a press photo if you have one (if you don’t let me know and I’ll try to get a photographer to shoot one).
  2. Let me know when you are going to play, give me about two weeks notice so I can schedule a photo shoot and interview.
  3. Be nice to me, you don’t have to kiss my butt, but a little politeness goes a long way.
  4. Any press is good press, as they say, so if you’re not happy with your coverage, remember that. Insulting me will probably do more harm that good, but I’m open to corrective, constructive criticism.

Also, if you are a reader and you feel I’ve been missing your favorite, band, theater show, film, artist, e-mail me, give me tips and keep me posted. This community operates by word-of-mouth, it’s my job to get that word from the mouth and put it in print.

My show pick for this week: Arts Alive (Saturday) – Shipwreck with the Monster Women (sci-fi-space-girl-rock), and Oh Foot (new musical project from the Beat Nun and friends). I love this store and I’m looking forward to a concert in the new location. My mom, Louise Hogan’s collage work will be displayed, she’s brilliant and I’m not bias at all, ha-ha. Hope to see you there.

1 comment:

EkoVox said...

Hang in there. Musician's eqos are a wonder to behold.

You're doing a fine job. To quote Rick Nelson, "You can't please everyone, so you got to please yourself".


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