Twice in the past week, representatives of arts groups have asked me how to pitch a story to the newsroom. As always, I put them in touch with the right reporter.

However, I was shocked when both parties wrote me back (within 24 hours, in fact) to complain that they hadn't gotten any coverage yet -- when ironically, the Features department was already working on a story. In one case, one of The Star's blogs had already gotten a short item up about the group as well.

It takes a bit of time for journalists to put a story together, and the decision about what to cover comes down to the reporter and their assigning editors.

If I can be frank, I'd like to gently remind anyone who'd like to speak to a reporter that you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Complaining and casting aspersions on the very people you want to take an interest in you might not be the best idea -- especially because of the heavy competition for column inches in a city with as much going on in the arts as Kansas City has. I'm not saying that anyone should expect to have to kiss up to a journalist, but everyone should be realistic in their expectations about how quickly a reporter can work and be responsible about it.