I have intended to write on the topic of archaeology and journalism for far too long and inevitably, or perhaps more accurately because there was no immediate deadline, it has never materialised. A post that touches on the subject is here. The reality of having to bash out five stories a day - in actual fact often more - is something outsiders struggle to understand. Anyway Doug Rocks-Macqueen has a great series of posts about what it is that journalists want from archaeologists. It is interesting to see the view from the other side. He has misunderstood the terms inverted pyramid and below the fold, but his comments on press releases are spot on. His post on interviews is good too and recognises the reality of deadlines. I disagree with his insistance that journalists send over questions - this always gives the impression that the interviewee doesn't know what he/she is talking about, doesn't allow for a fluid interview and, more to the point, takes up time - but it is a solid primer. Worth a read.