How I learnt to stop worrying and love the Press.
Why does 'Furry Fandom' hate the press? Are all journalists out to get us? Can there ever be a good opinion of a 'Fur Con' published in a magazine? Why do hotdog buns come in eights, but hot dog sausages in tens?
Now as we all know, there are a group of people around here who love what they do with a passion. They deeply believe in what they do, and believe it makes the world a better place. Yet because of the actions of a small minority, they are vilified and hated.
I'm talking about Journalists here, not the Furs.
Do we seriously believe that all journalists are out to get the fandom, and will write a trash talking sex-ridden article at the first chance? It's slightly paranoid to think so. But, this is the explanation for why there have been so many sex focusing magazine and documentary articles.
I think that this may be because there is something we refuse to admit about the fandom. That the things in the fandom the 'sexsexsex' articles write about were not 'ferreted out' by the journalist in an attempt to dig dirt. They were handed to them on a silver platter, with the implication that this happens in all of the fandom.
There are people in the fandom who do talk to the press. Because they want to see them selves in magazines, because they want to shock the public, because they want to 'squick the mundanes'. And they do more damage to the fandom that the journalists.
So, whats the answer? Bans on Press at conventions? Dosnt work. Never has worked. 'SciFi' fandom's history will tell you this.
Look at it like this. There are a few articles about 'Shriner Sex Fetishists', about how they like to 'do it in their little cars'. All of a sudden all the Shriner Conventions declare they are banning the press. Now, wouldn’t *you* want to sneak in and find out what was going on?
Well, if we cant ban the press, but we don’t want the 'vocal minority' to grab the ear of the nearest journalist, what do we do?
Simple. We do the press's job for them.
Wouldn’t you like it if someone said to you, "Hey, relax, we'll do 90% of your work for today, all you have to do is re-type it". Make better stories than the 'yiffy fur' ones, not all your jokes have to be about sex, highlight the good aspects of fandom, give them press packs for cons with suggested photos of previous conventions. Give them nice sound bites that can be written into the story. Nearly write the story for them.
For instance, a local paper is *much* more likely to let a journalist write about 'A group of Fursuiters who did a Charity Fun Run for Cancer Treatments' than 'Sexxy Fursuiter Frolics'. Look for mainstream press that is likely to have people who have odd hobbies themselves, say SFX. (written by a bunch of Anime and DrWho fans!)
Don’t run at the first sign of a camera. The press can be our friends!