Thursday, August 02, 2007

Today (2-8-07)

Here's an article about the Cats of the World Exhibition and interviews with some of the people who took part. Do go down and have a look at the lovely photos.

I was quoted in the article saying a number of things which I had not actually said :-

Picture Purrfect

I had asked the reporter to run the quotes by me (as is usually the case) to check for factual correctness but for some reason I did not hear from him.

While I did say that cats add character to the environment, I spoke about how 13000 cats were killed in Singapore and that TNRM is the best and most effective means of controlling the community cat population. Also I had never used the Mahatma Gandhi quote at all.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a waste, it would have been more effective if the news report had talked about the number of cats killed each year instead of a selective quote of you saying cats add character to the place.

2/8/07 11:51 AM  
Anonymous huh said...

Sometimes young intern.reporters do not know enough of the ' battlefield ' animal rescue folks are going through.

Mahatma Gandhi's quotation been over used, what public needs to hear is TNR programme and the end to mindless slaughter of community cats. True, frivalous to simply say cats add flavour to the place, a more serious message by Dawn could have been lost.

2/8/07 2:04 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes - the reporter seemed like a nice young man but I did drop a note to ask that they check their quotes before they run them.

2/8/07 2:17 PM  
Anonymous ramarama said...

some learning from a media workshop (on how to talk to the press) for officers at a University, conducted by a very experienced press person: in future you might want to get the reporter's email address and email them your quotes after the "interview." Reporters on tight deadlines will rarely have time/motivation to check every quote with every person they spoke to. By emailing them, you are helping their writing too, as they can just cut and paste and they have a backup and verification of their quote. Of course it is still his/her prerogative about what s/he wants to emphasize out of all that you said, so you need to be very careful about your priorities in what you say and what you repeat, anticipating how a reporter is likely to be thinking about this event. They are going to go for the colourful and not for what they feel is not important to their readership (or to them personally) or is likely to run counter to the mood/slant of their story.

In a report about an event about cute cat photos, it is unlikely that they will want to add specific details about cat deaths. I am guessing that someone else at the event cited the Gandhi quote and he mis-attributed this to you. It is just nice that at least some consciousness raising about treating animals well was raised and it wasn't just about cute cats being photographed.

2/8/07 5:55 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

ramarama - the reporter wrote to the organisers and apologised. He said he had used the right quotes but it was published differently.

Actually I have had every reporter I know check quotes no matter what the deadline. They're usually all very conscientious about this.

2/8/07 7:57 PM  

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