14 Of The Most Baffling Journalist Requests Ever

“I need a confirmed picture of a unicorn and I need it before 5pm.”

Public relations professionals get a hard time from journalists.


All those press releases, all the time, plus the follow-up “Did you get my press release?” phone calls? Give us a break. But it’s not as if journalists don’t come up with the occasional unreasonable request themselves, many of them made on the #journorequest hashtag on Twitter.

1. There’s the speculative, but very specific request.

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2. They can get very specific.

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3. Journalists can be perfectionists, you see.

“I want gourmet haunted hotels, not just any haunted hotel!”

4. But sometimes the more general the request, the better.

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5. Then there’s when journalists ask PR people to go that extra mile.

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In this case they were disappointed.

6. Some requests seek rare disorders and phobias - as if to say, hey, you may as well cash in on your fear of flying.

7. ‘CAN YOU SEE DEAD PEOPLE? If so get in touch right away.’

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It’s worth saying, by the way, that many of these requests help put together weekly women’s magazines like this, which we love.

8. You could always go for the “anyone willing to get naked?” approach. Just ask your friendly PR for help with…

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p.s. What’s a bikini trend expert?

9. Or the good old “anyone had sex with a ghost?” story.

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Do I have to have known them previously? Or is that a deal breaker?

11. Then there are people looking for evidence to prove something. It must be true right?

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12. Some requests aren’t entirely serious.

13. If all else fails, just take the charity option.

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14. So, in conclusion, people asking for stories on Twitter is pretty annoying.

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