This week, our beloved Mortgage Mole took pity on young reporter Devraj Ray, who was feeling distinctly peeved as he chased up a story for both Mortgage Strategy and sister title Money Marketing.
Weeks earlier, Ray had been hot on the heels of what would have been the biggest story of his fledgling journalistic career – he has been digging away for more than two months – when he came up against every journalist’s nightmare: the dreaded silent PR.
For the sake of propriety, Mole is choosing not to reveal the details of the story – which has, of course, now emerged via a press release – but is pleased to say that almost every detail on which Ray had requested confirmation turned out to be spot on.
When he initially contacted the press office in question, Ray was batted away in what he felt was a rather dismissive tone, being told: “As a young journalist, you may want to do your research before making speculative calls.”
Understandably, therefore, Ray was rather aggrieved on discovering this week that he had been entirely correct in his so-called speculation.
Another call to the same press office to confirm the story was met with laughter. Ray’s media relations adversary admitted that he had indeed been two months ahead of the market but added: “Even if I’d had the details when you first asked, I probably wouldn’t have given them to you anyway.”
Mole peered his head through the hole that Ray subsequently punched in the nearest wall to offer a few words of consolation – before neatly dodging a fist himself.