Much like in political beats, Lifestyle has to deal with its own bureaucratic annoyances.
For example, I was surprised at how it was particularly difficult to set up interviews with Malacañang wardrobe consultants!
One of them even pretended to be sick! I know this because I asked a colleague to call the person’s office and pretend to order some couture, and guess what? Person wasn’t dying of a life-threatening illness and didn’t seem particularly keen on canceling appointments the entire month.
I guess when it comes to the Palace in general, it’s pretty hard to get information, even if you’re asking about clothes and lipstick. Where is a “right to information law” when you need one?
Needless to say, I am back to square one. And due to the difficult weather this week, my other sources canceled or postponed our appointments too.
The journalistic lesson here is not to put all your eggs in one basket. Identify all possible resource persons early on and send out interview requests far and wide. Chances are, if they’re allied with the President, they won’t want to talk to you, lowly reporter you.
On the off chance that all of them actually want to talk to you, at least you have multiple sources to liven up your story and corroborate information. If they don’t (and about 90% of the time, they won’t), then at least you could tell your editor you’ve exhausted all means.
Now, you can figure out how else you can do your story.