Whenever the press calls it always gets me off my game. Especially when I don’t pass the phone interview stage. It’s hard to get focused back on work. I see why a lot of my colleagues in the greater academic community don’t take press calls, but I sort of feel like it’s part of my job to spread truth and light to the general public. If only I were as good at explaining complicated things as Neil DeGrasse Tyson! Maybe after tenure I’ll polish up some soundbites and practice them like he recommends.
#2 never gets phone calls from the press, because they took my office phone away in a budget cut.
Do you talk to the press? And how related to your area of expertise does it have to be for you to say something?