As for email:

I love to hear from people, even if you are writing me with good-faith criticism.

I don’t tolerate mean/condescending/rude or threatening emails; the former are immediately deleted and the latter are saved for the authorities, just in case. I will not respond to any of them. Also, if you are only contacting me because you want an audience for your diatribe about how sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia aren’t real, please don’t. There is nothing productive involved in such an exchange.

I also love to hear from people who have a story to tell and think I would be a good journalist with whom to work, or people who need advice on doing journalism, or anyone working through an issue with which I might be able to help (or know someone who can help), etc.

Is a quick response (within 72 hours) critical? (required)

I can be slow with replying to email. Please be patient with me. If you checked the box indicating that a quick response is critical, I will do my best to respond within 72 hours.

IMPORTANT! There is a chance that if an email comes in when I am exceptionally busy, I may never get around to responding. I apologize if the latter comes to pass but management of my work time is hard enough without the constant pressure to respond to email.

Thank you for your understanding.

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