I almost got a beating over the phone (metaphorically speaking) from a Press Officer today who said she refuses to send us any more press releases because we "do not publish them." This is not the first time reporters from our paper have been faced by this quizzical response. For some absurd reason, press officers in the country have mistaken the role of newspapers for advertising outlets.
For the umpteenth time, we are not an advertising outlet! We have specific parts of our paper for you to pay for that space, and our stories are not one of them- thank you very much.