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Title: Tricks for getting sources to respond
Post by: Sara on August 10, 2014, 11:54 AM
I'm working on a NF kid profile for which I must interview several people. One of them was a woman who knows the kid and whose comment on the kid's accomplishment would greatly add to the article. The parent put me in touch with her by email.

In the one email I've gotten from this woman, she sounded willing to help. However, she hasn't yet answered any of my other emails in which I listed the three short questions I need her to answer. In all of my emails, I've been polite, non-demanding, and have offered to interview her over the phone if that would be more convenient for her. I've gone on to say that her answers can be very brief. Last week, I emailed her on Monday and said if I could get the answers by Friday, I'd really appreciate it. Still no response. My next step will probably be to call her, but I think the number I have for her just goes to a voice mail.

I know I will eventually get in touch with her, but since I do a lot of these articles, I thought I'd ask: what tricks do you have to get people to respond? What has and hasn't worked for you?
Title: Re: Tricks for getting sources to respond
Post by: JulieM on August 10, 2014, 03:21 PM
Saying you are working to a deadline (even if it's a self-imposed one) and "...that it would be great if you could send your response by xxx".
Title: Re: Tricks for getting sources to respond
Post by: kwlarson on August 11, 2014, 06:39 AM
You also might try going back to the parent and having him/her help nudge. Obviously the parent is very invested in seeing the article in print.


Good luck!


Kirsten
Title: Re: Tricks for getting sources to respond
Post by: Sara on August 11, 2014, 08:32 AM
Thanks, Kirsten and JulieM. Good suggestions!