As a university professor, I am sometimes contacted by our public relations department with opportunities to speak about my research or to offer an opinion on a topic for which I’ve been deemed to have some expertise. Given my interest and research on paternal involvement, Father’s Day is usually peak season for media requests.
Therefore, around this time last year, it came as no surprise when I was asked to provide my perspective on an event hosted by a group of local barbers that featured a group of men discussing fatherhood and the role that it plays in community development.
However, two months after I was interviewed, the story still had not appeared in print. When I followed up with the reporter, I was told that the editor had not run the story and needed to be convinced that it was worthwhile before giving it the green light.