I am a journalist writing for Publication, a newspaper/ magazine/ website serving a Major Market or Niche Audience. I am working on a story about Your Area of Expertise, although I’ll admit don’t know much about it.
I wonder: instead of doing research myself on the story I am required to write, would you be willing to talk to me by phone for an hour about it? During this time, I would pose a series of basic questions that demonstrate how little thought and time I have given to the topic, not even enough to Google its key terms. Then I’d love to mis-quote you in my article and also list your affiliation incorrectly in my attribution.
Oh, and I’m on deadline for tomorrow, so it would be great if you could contact me as soon as possible. Thanks!