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Excellent suggestions, all, but I'd clarify that most major media outlets on principle do not let sources review entire articles prior to publication. At best, they will read you your quotes over the phone, or send excerpts via email. It's fine to ask, but depending on the media outlet, it just might not be possible.

I second Jennifer's comment. I've been a public information officer (a guy who works with reporters all day, every day) for about 15 years and have never had the opportunity to review an entire story before it's printed. Quotes? Yes. Basic facts? Yes. Story? No.

Just out of curiousity, have you every been able to do this, Diandra?

I've had a very different experience than Jennifer and Brandon. I've not only been able to review entire stories when I asked, but ~80% of the time when I've worked with major press outlets, they've asked me to look at the story prior to publishing. There's always a disclaimer that they don't guarantee they'll make changes and that they want your comments on factual accuracy only and not the writing. Some institutions do have a formal policy not to show the piece to the interviewees and in some cases, writers at these outlets have told me "please don't tell anyone I let you look at it" (which is why I'm not naming names).

But even if they only let you review your quotes, it's still better than nothing. If they don't offer, there's no harm in asking, as long as you don't do it with an "I'm pretty sure you're going to get this wrong" attitude. I use the "I've been badly misquoted in the past and that caused me some problems with my Dean. If you'd be willing to just let me check my quotes for accuracy, I'd feel much better."

Then there's the student newspaper at a university that shall remain unnamed (and is NOT UTDallas). I would talk with them only on condition that I could look at the story pre-printing because they were so careless and made so many mistakes and misquotes.

When I interview people, I usually offer them the opportunity to read what I wrote with the same caveat that I want to make sure that a) they are comfortable with anything I attribute to them in quotes and b) there isn't anything factually wrong. I've done that even when I was writing things that weren't necessarily positive about the people. It seemed to me the appropriate thing to do and I have at least a couple places where an alert interviewee saved me from looking really dumb. But then again, I'm writing science popularization, not science news.

Isaac Asimov was once asked what he thought of exec television producers. "They're shoe salesmen", he replied. In context of the whole conversation, what he meant is that it's a stroke of luck to have any science-related TV programming at all, let alone that it be impeccably accurate. The physics gaffe in Parade was a real snicker-engine; but it's not a catastrophe. I consider this sort of thing to be even productive, because it's like experimental data which don't fit the working theory. It's an opportunity to make a better theory.

And so this is an opportunity for those in the know (Diandra, et al) to pick up the baton and clarify the issue, to say it even better. There is a symbiosis between professional journalists & professional scientists. And of course that's exactly what's on display here! Good show, Diandra. You are a service to civilization.

"I would talk with them only on condition that I could look at the story pre-printing because they were so careless and made so many mistakes and misquotes."

I like that! I've put individual reporters and some media outlets in "time out" due to grossly bad behavior before. Screw me once, shame on you; screw me twice, shame on me.

And having good relations with individual reporters who help you out without letting the editor know is outstanding, as you mentioned. Making friends with reporters when possible rather than treating them like enemies would be a good point to include on your list in the post. Reporters are just regular folks like you and me trying to do their jobs and earn a living.

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