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Old 03-07-2007, 06:55 PM
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I received an E from JolieJournalist@aol.com asking the following:
Hello,

I'm writing numerous articles for magazines about the demand for corporate flight attendants. (I have worked as a commercial f/a for UAL for 10 years, was recently hired as a contract corporate f/a for 18 months before the corp. didn't renew the SAAB 340, and just finished an "undercover" assignment going through one of the many "corporate flight attendant" training companies just to see if they're legit.) I can and will send you verification of my credentials upon request.

The only thing I ask of you is to tell me if the money you spent to be trained has paid off in the long run, i.e., have you found employment? If so, has it been steady enough to make a living off of? Do you enjoy the job as much as you thought you would? Any other information you can provide would be most beneficial. Don't worry, as a writer I cannot use your name unless I send you a consent form through my union to sign. If that is something you'd consider doing (hey, it gets your name out there!), let me know.

Jolie Kenney

I am sure you get e-mails of this sort from time to time. Does anyone really answer them?
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Old 03-08-2007, 07:32 AM
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I received that exact email.

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Old 03-08-2007, 09:56 AM
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Why not ask her for her credentials? It'll be interesting to see what she comes up with, especially regarding the various training programs out there.
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Old 03-08-2007, 11:13 AM
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Where did she get your names and email addresses? That's the first thing I would want to know.

Did you Google her name? I just did. Looks like she has mainly written things like restaurant reviews around the Pittsburgh area, and a few testimonials like this one on eBay for a Hypnosis/Guided Imagery CD that's supposed to unlock "writer's block.":

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I've been a non-fiction writer for the past 6 years. I've often pondered writing different genres but I've never been successful at putting a work of fiction together. I didn't know where to start. After listening to "Corridors to Creativity" something just came to me and for the first time in six years, I've started writing in an area I never thought I could do. Thank you, Rob!"
- Jolie Kenney, a licensed syndicated columnist /author
Maybe that CD worked -- and now she's going to branch out into investigative reporting. If that sounded snarky, I don't mean it that way -- but I would ask to see other things she's written with a byline.

For whom is she writing the article about corporate flight attendants? Does she already have an assignment? With which magazine(s)? And if she doesn't yet have an assignment, where does she plan to submit the article for consideration? That will tell you something: Is she writing for a newspaper Sunday supplement? Cosmopolitan? Working Mother? Business Week? Aviation Week? BIG difference.

I'd also inquire about what she is trying to show in the article she is writing. In my experience, journalists always have an agenda -- sometimes it's compatible with your way of thinking, and sometimes it's not. Find out where she's planning to go with the info you'd give her.

Over the years I've been contacted many times by journalists who want to ask me about my research, and sometimes I have agreed to be interviewed. Sad to say that what has happened more often than not was, I gave thoughtful answers to questions, and then got misquoted, or a quote attributed to me was technically accurate but got plugged in somewhere out of context, or the journalist "summarized" what I had to say -- but with a slant that changed the whole tone (and sometimes the meaning) of what I really said and intended. In those cases I ended up feeling annoyed, embarrassed, used, or all of the above.

For the record, there also have been instances when journalists have done a good job of accurately representing what I had to say to them. But my overall experience has led me to proceed cautiously in these situations.

Just my two cents... :camera:
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Old 03-08-2007, 02:05 PM
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I did try to reply to her email. but it kicked back to me, so I don't know what the deal is.

It is easy to get our email off the net when we have our resumes posted on various sites.


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Old 03-09-2007, 06:40 AM
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Default Emails and Private Messages

This person registered on our site earlier this week. I know because I personally approve/disapprove people these days in order to separate the spammers from the participants.

More than likely, you were pm'd which is the same as sending an email to you. Anyone can pm another person without knowing their email address; the message goes to your inbox here and is typically forwarded to your personal email account. So, if you don't want someone to know your email address, then don't reply via email. You can, however, reply via personal message.

I would have preferred that this member had done the proper thing and introduced herself first as I actively encourage new-to-the-forum participants to do. In fact, accounts that are not officially activated via an initial posting to this site are deleted anytime after 48 hours.
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Old 03-10-2007, 11:39 PM
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Well, I tried to reply to Doc in private but it bounced back. Hence, I shall share it with you all (although I had not intended to). I posted a reply to everyone earlier but it hasn't posted yet. If it doesn't, I'll know I'm not welcome here.

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Old 03-11-2007, 01:39 AM
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Okay, I will let this go only if I know this will show up in the forum.

I did not do the whatever the person said I did to batch email you.

I come from the world of dot.com years ago when it was almost $3.00 an hour to be online. I worked 20 hour days to milk my overhead account. I am here because, unfortunately, I feel like the kid in high school where everyone had their own clique and I was the intruder. Is that fair?

I'm going to bed now but I am not happy with this site.
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