I, someone who does science writing, am really continuously stunned by the fast and loose way that journalists handle personal information about me
Like you trusted a website that you don’t even know the author behind over my own CV on my own website? And then had the gall to tell me that I should go to that website and tell them there’s misinformation, like it’s my job to manage the internet? My website has the story.
Also anti-shout out to the journalist who wanted to ask me personal questions about my experiences as a queer person, but insisted that it had to be in my own words over the phone, because email is somehow not my own words?
My Wikipedia page also has citations for all of its claims! Unlike these random websites people just seem to dig up. (thanks to the people who keep it up to date!)
I’m in a fb group for (mostly white) women science journalists and they’re always complaining about baldy behaved sources but frankly the list of science journalists I’ve had a good experiences with is short.
So the other thing is you could have asked me the questions and THEN written the story rather than building a story by doing an extremely weird deep dive into obscure websites
It’s October 2020 and I am so fucking tired
Anti-shout out also to the people who were like “we’d like for you to tell us about science thing but actually we are most excited if you tell us about diversity thing”

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