Peter Shankman, the well-known publicist, has received quite a bit of attention from his “Profnet like” service, Help A Reporter. The group, matching journalists with sources, quickly outgrew Facebook and moved on to Peter’s own site. For some background, click here or here.
Yesterday, freelance journalist Erik Sherman, a member of the group, noticed that PR pro Nicole Lascelle was posting the journo queries straight to her blog, including contact info.
Eric quickly informed Shankman, who banned Lascelle (her blog is now gone) from the list and sent the following pointed email her way.
Subject: NO. YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO POST MY EMAILS ON YOUR SITE
You’re posting my HARO emails on your site without my permission.
REMOVE THEM NOW.
This is not subject to negotiation. You’re putting reporter emails up for Spam-bots to harvest. Have you lost your MIND? And you wonder why reporters hate publicists?
I notice that you put your own emails in (parens) so they’re not harvested, why would you not have the basic decency to do the same?
Take EVERY SINGLE ONE DOWN NOW, and NEVER post another one of my emails.