Surprisingly, I have to answer a lot of questions before I'm allowed to ask them. Here's a sampling of questions I get from sources, people in the press and curious family members.
Will you send me the article before it goes to print or appears online?
Nope. Never. It goes against the editorial policies of the publications I write for and is unethical. If I’m unsure of something you mentioned in an interview, I will be sure to double check specifics by asking follow-up questions.
What about sending the piece after it's published?
I’m usually swamped, so you may not get an individual email, but I try to Tweet about my articles here: Twitter.com/Dizik (hint, hint).
What was the background noise during our call?
I typically work from coffee shops during the day. There's nothing like starting your day with a skim cappuccino.
I'm full of story ideas. Can I send them your way?
Yes, of course. I would be so grateful. Please submit your story idea via email. Unless you're trying to use the press as a way to get back at someone you've hated since junior high. Then perhaps you should try this.
Will you link to my website in your story?
Typically not. Most publications have strict rules about when to add in a website link and I can't bend them.